Tomorrow will be the last day of this year, 2008. I, like many of you, reflect back and try to remember where God has taken me and the things he has taught me along the way. This year I've learned to trust God. Not just when I don't see His plan but even when I don't like His plan. This year I've learned to love deeper than ever before. As God has blessed my marriage and my children I have found an even deeper place in my love for them. God has taught me humility (again this year). I've had times when I've needed to say I'm sorry and times when I've needed to remember that it's not about me. This year I've been given the gift of happiness and joy. They are different and God has granted me times of both. I've learned that dreams are not easy to attain. Even when those dreams include God. But He's been faithful to give me all that I've needed (not wanted). One of the hard lessons I got this year was about the fragility of life. How hard it is to relinquish control into the hands of our loving God. Whether it was family or friends or neighbors, there were tears to give away. I am thankful for God's promise to remember all our tears and someday wipe them away forever.
I don't know what your 2008 will bring to mind if you choose to ponder back over it. But I do know that there is a God who loves and cherishes you. Learn from those life lessons, remember some and smile. Be refined and then look forward to all the things God will choose for you in the upcoming 2009.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
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