I am so grateful for this year. I think 2018 has been one of my favorite years, and I cannot thank God enough for the blessings He poured out. “Dreams fulfilled” sums up many moments of this year— to God be the all the glory! I know that many of you had quite the opposite experience, and I am well aware that most years are often not terrific, so I want to take this time to breathe in the goodness. I know hardship can hit at any moment, and I honestly do fear that, but I want to enter 2019 with gratefulness and praise to God who poured out His mercy and kindness more than I deserve. God is still good even in pain and loss, but it is human nature to see it more clearly during the good times. I must confess, I struggle to see in the bad times. So before the rain, before the sorrow, before the next blunt shock of loss, or the devastation of heartache, I am praising Him for the reprieve, a season of joy, a million gifts of blessing, and the moments when I realized, He has given me “more than I could ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). To those of you who have had a tough 2018, I pray God sums up 2019 with these three words: redemption, healing, and restoration. Life is fragile and Satan schemes, so may I wear the garment of praise so that I will not forget His faithfulness when the scary shadows of darkness role in.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-12 NIV