I only have a few minutes this morning but I wanted to send you my blessings for a glorious New Year!
This is the time of year many of us take the time to look back over the past year and count our blessings and name them one by one. It is also a time to allow God to search our hearts... to see if there is unfinished business lurking... unconfessed sins... unforgiveness... unbelief we need take care of. It can also be a time to think about what we've learned this past year... spiritually or earthly... to remind us of how God is continually molding and shaping our lives moment by moment and year by year. As we take time to reflect on these things our hearts are filled with thanksgiving for what God has done and hope for what He has in store for tomorrow.
It is this hope in Christ that lays a foundation a faith for the New Year... knowing the Lord God Almighty is our God... our Father... our Provider... our Comfort... our Healer... our Savior... our Friend... our Everything. As you turn the page from 2008 to 2009 I pray, whatever your circumstances, you may know Him this coming year, most of all, as your Prince of Peace.
If you're like me, you will write your list of goals and dreams and desires for the new year but may I suggest that when you're finished, take a moment to pray over your list and give it to Him. Put your hopes and expectations in Him... allowing Him to accomplish in you and through you His dreams and desires... His plans and purposes. And as you do, may His peace... that peace that passes understanding... permeate every fiber of your being and give you great joy as you enter into a new year and new beginning.
Heavenly Father... thank You for new beginnings. As I look back... I see Your divine love woven through this past year and I give You thanks. As I look forward, my heart is filled with joyful expectation to see what You have in store for me whether it's on my list or not! May 2009 bring You greater glory in me and through me than 2008. Amen.