Thursday, January 07, 2010

Happy New Year

I know it's not new year's eve or even new year's day, but this is my first post so far this year. We were blessed to spend new year's eve in a wonderful church service at our church listening to some of the best preaching there is. That's one of our family's favorite traditions since moving out here in 2005, the Watch Night service has become something that we look forward to even more than thanksgiving or Christmas. We certainly can't think of a better way to start the new year than with preaching, praying, and praising the Lord!

With all that we've heard in the preaching lately, read in our family Bible reading, and gotten from the Lord in our family prayer meetings we already know that our year will be a very busy one. Thankfully the Lord was gracious to show us where we needed to sharpen our focus, and where we needed to let some things go. Our God is so good to show us those things rather than to allow us to continue going the way that is unprofitable and unhealthy for us!

2009 was a very hectic and hard year for us in so many ways. Our family faced more illness than we've seen in the years since we've lived here (and we have the bills to prove it), we have dealt with serious illnesses in our extended family and twice had to go back home to take care of urgent needs for them. We fell behind on so many things, important things, like schooling our children, our business plans, and several areas of our service to the Lord. We struggled more than we thought we could bear financially but somehow everything always got taken care of. We finished the year feeling totally exhausted, worn out, disheartened and discouraged, but determined to keep our chins up and to continue on weary step after weary step in trying to set it all right again.

I hope that this year just keeps on getting better and better. I know that correcting those things that are wrong in our lives is difficult and unpleasant sometimes but I also know that the reward in having done it and followed the Lord's leading is too good for words. I'll be posting more, but for now it has to be short. I hope everyone has a wonderful year!


CarolineNot said...

Uh-oh. I posted the soup comment on the wrong blog entry. You can delete it, and I'll send it where it belongs. *red face*

I, too, was glad to see the passing of a difficult 2009. Mayhap we're building spiritual muscles we will need to be well toned in the months to come. The Lord is faithful to us, and He sees where we are; He will not forsake us. That's a comfort.

Jeannie said...

Building spiritual muscle.... yes, that must have been what 2009 was all about. I am so very thankful that the Lord has given us HIS perfect promise that HE will never leave or forsake us, some days I just have to cling to that with all my might and some of HIS. I'll be praying that you will have a much better 2010 and put that hard won spiritual muscle to work ministering those who need encouragement!