Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

I can hardly believe it is the LAST day of 2012. A new year is upon us. As I reflect on this past year I am truly amazed at what the Lord has done in my life, and through me. 

At the beginning of the year I had hopes and 'resolutions' of my own but God had bigger, better things for me! Most of this year was focused on my spiritual life. I have grown in so many ways I can hardly understand it. None of it was anything I had been expecting. But, then again, isn't that how our mighty Father in Heaven works? 

As I remember back to the many struggles I went through, I realize now how wonderful each one truly was. Each difficulty that life threw at me made me stronger, refined. It's funny to think about how childish an adult can be. At the age of 32 I am finally understanding better who God has created me to be, who He wants me to be, instead of who I think I should be. While it is true that He loves me for me, it is more true that as I get closer to Him, I desire to be more like Him and less like me. That can be hard to swallow sometimes. But I sure am glad that He keeps me strong when I need it and He keeps me focused on what is most important, when I put my trust in Him.

As I push forward into 2013 I won't pretend to know what His plans are for me. I don't think I will even say I have any 'resolutions' for this new year. I will put one foot in front of the other though, taking each day as He gives them to me because we truly do not know what the next day has in store for us. And that's okay. It's okay because HE knows and that is all that matters. 

I do however have plans for what I want to do with my shop in this new year. Small plans, nothing over the top. My true desire is to glorify my Father in all that I do, even in matters of business. So, as 2012 winds down I will continue to look up. I will continue to strive after the character of Jesus Christ. I will continue to donate money to orphaned children. I will do my best to be a light in this dark world, and with His help, I know that I can accomplish this.

I hope and pray that each one of you clings close to our Father God in this year to come. That you know He is pouring out His grace and love on you, and that you accept it in abundance. That is how you will know true peace in our sin filled world. Pray for the fatherless, the widows, the lost ones. Though we don't know the day or the hour, He is coming very soon. We can see it in the prophecies being fulfilled all around us. We should glory in that.

Have a blessed last day of 2012 friends! Be safe.

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