It's natural at the end of every year and the beginning of the next to do a year-in-review of our life, highlighting the lows and highs, remembering moments that touched our hearts, and racking our brains to come up with a brilliant plan sure to guarantee monumental success and achievements in the next 365 days.
I hate to disappoint, but no brilliant, guaranteed plan yet.
(In fact, I feel like my brain has been on vacation for a month and just writing this post is a little challenging.)
But, as I browsed through my posts from the beginning of 2011, I found myself in a similar place.
- Hearing God's call to arise and go over (and part 2),
- trying to find balance in the middle of my chaos,
- and still learning total surrender.
- I stepped out of the boat and registered for my first writer's conference.
- As I prepared for the conference, I learned some lessons and made some confessions (Confession #1 and Confession #2)
Father, Thank you for the gift of another year to serve You. A new beginning, a fresh slate, a blank canvas. Give us courage to trust You to write this chapter of our story. Open our eyes to see areas displeasing to You and give us a desire to change so that we might become more like Your Son, Jesus. Show us the tools you've already placed in our hands and teach us how to use them. Let everything we do this year bring glory and honor to You. Thank you for grace as we sit on this potter's wheel, being shaped and molded and transfigured into Your very own image. Amen.