I know that I start many posts out like this but….WHERE OH WHERE has the month….THE YEAR….gone???
The truth is, as fast and furious as it has flown by; as much as people (busy people I might add) comment on the busyness of MY life, in spite of the fact that as the days fly, so do the birthdays (everyone’s), I truly feel that I have LIVED and actively experienced every minute of this year, the good and the bad.
God is and has been so real, so intimate, so close.
For me, the last few weeks of the year are always spent in reflection. I have no speaking/ministry travel so I am free to sit for a few extra minutes every day in my prayer chair (which is right next to my Christmas Tree–WhooHoo).
I sit with daytimer with my last years calendar and my journals and I remember what all has happened over the past 12 months.
I re-live what new things God has shown me, what He has corrected in me and what fresh truth He has revealed to me. I remember people, occasions, moments, events, meetings, miracles, and even FOOD 🙂
I had actually considered moving from my 3 ring notebook calendar to using my MacBook iCal full time– but NOT!!!! I want to RE-touch what God has done each year by holding this thing in my hands and flipping through the pages. I guess I’m just old like that.
I look at each month and thank God for–another year, another anniversary with my precious honey (34 now!), our 5 children (2 through marriage) and our 5 Grandchildren–the birthdays, holidays and even hospital days. I thank Him for the family prayers that have been answered and those that are still on my list. By looking over my calendar, I remember the amazing new people I have met, especially the wonderful wild women of God who have become new spiritual sisters. The ministry moments I have experienced. The new sights I have seen. The surprises God has dropped into my life (Thank you for one of them Mary Snyder :)). The ministry transition that has been so bitter-sweet. Old ministry partners who have moved to new places and the new ones who have moved into place. Times of prayer when I have touched the face of God and times of travail when I have curled up in a ball at His feet.
Through my journals, I reflect on the specific WORD(S) God has dropped into my heart this year.
I begin to take a look at what the next year looks like as far as I know it to be, since God always has surprises in store.
I evaluate my life mission, my vision, my dreams–to see what things might be in store for the coming year–for example, I have wanted to visit the Northeast /New England area for a LONG time. Will this be the year?? On the other hand, I have NEVER wanted to visit ALASKA in the Winter but this IS the year for that and I can see God at work already.
I am excited about what life has in store but for now, I am treasuring today.
The smell of fresh Christmas Tree while getting dressed to go to Disney World for the day to see Christmas lights as only Mickey Mouse can finance!!
THANK YOU to all of my sweet November “Living Free” friends.
The give-away winner for the month is Rita Schrimp!! Email me your address and I will send you this new book by Lysa Terkeurst:
Although December is almost gone, I still want to give something away. Leave a comment any time this month and be entered to win this amazing book called Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson.
I waited far too long to grab a copy of this but read it in one night.
Ann Jackson’s writing has always blown me away. I first found out about her through Michael Hyatt’s blog. Her story, her book, is my passion as well—
LET’S GET REAL IN THE CHURCH!!!
Let’s tell the truth to one another and the world about our struggles, our pain and our REDEMPTION!!!
Revelation 12:11 Gives us no other choice.
I would love to hear about how YOU spend the last weeks of the year!