It is now 2011. I have no idea what the year ahead holds. There are certainly things I would like to do differently this year and hopes and dreams I have. But there is nothing to write about yet. So I think I will stop and reflect on some of my favorite ways that I saw God in 2010. Perhaps some of you did this as you watched the ball drop. But I was so tired from my Christmas break activities that I fell asleep at 8pm! So please humor me as I take the time to reflect now.
A lot of 2010 was spent praying through things and for people in my life. So some of my favorite things to reflect on are the answers to prayer. Here they are in random order:
In 2010 God restored my friend's marriage, her relationship with God, her husband's relationship with God, and their relationship with their children. In fact the day after Christmas I was visiting with them and had the joy of hearing him call her "babe" and give her a kiss. She has the most beautiful smile and of course when he does this, she lights up!
In 2010 God brought two brothers to the altar to receive Him as Lord and Savior. I have had the incredible joy of watching one go from somber and distant to hugging everyone in sight with a big smile on his face. It is so precious to watch them grow and be hungry for more of God.
In 2010 despite the bad economy my husband's detailing business stayed afloat. Every need was provided for. If someone had told me when he first started this business that we would be okay, I wouldn't have believed them. But praise God, He is faithful even when my faith wavers.
I struggled with Christmas this year of 2010. I just was feeling bah- hum-buggish at times. Tired of the expectations, and commercialism. But a package arrived one day from a friend of ours whose love for the Lord and faith in the midst of extreme difficulty bless us regularly. I saw God in his gift of fruit scented markers and a rooster that crows when you throw it, for my girls. He didn't have to send these things. His life and his friendship is gift enough!
In 2010 three of the most valuable lessons I learned and now cherish are:
1. Life's battles are best fought, and most successfully fought on our knees.
2. Never give up interceding for others no matter how impossible, or dark it gets. God can and will do the impossible because He is in the business of restoration and making all things new. Nothing is more amazing than what God make beautiful from our ashes.
3. Go where God tells you to go, say what He wants you to say, or else you will have a big knot in your stomach and not be able to eat, and possibly throw up! More importantly, if you don't go and share with someone what God tells you to share, you could possibly miss the joy of seeing a life transformed by what God has to say to them.
Hope your 2011 is filled with new adventures with God. I know He never leaves me bored!