Not writing or even reflecting a “2012 in review” this time. There’s plenty for sure. But why look back? We’re not going that way.
Proverbs 4:25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
To say that every thing is part of His plan, has always felt rather disloyal and disrespectful. Free Will is part of HIS plan. Choices. So many things that we could have done differently , or forgone completely. The beauty of blogging is the recording. Looking back over this blog (and real Life) it seems many a reason to say ” wish I’d done this or that or NOT that” every so often. You?
Just turn to the news for moment by moment reasons for change.
Psalm 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
Many of the lessons had to be learned so we could go on with the better plan or settle in here. There are some thing’s you would always wonder about ~ what if… you had taken that class ? served in that ministry? run that race? and now, what ever the outcome was, you know. There truly are some roads where either is right. If you took the Righteous road He offered. Then it was for Good.
Jeremiah 29:11: for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm.
If it didn’t turn out quite as you or I had planned …But God.
Whatever joy, happiness, teaching, learning, foolishness, loss or sorrow we experienced in 2012, He can and will use every last bit for His Glory. His. His. His.
Faith, Obedience , Trust in Him.
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
Did I mention HIS Glory.?
2012 softly closes , press in to HIM . Softly, gently, expectantly comes 2013 . Finish strong in Freedom and in Truth.
John 7:l8 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.
Thank you for all your supports, encouragement s, coffee dates, tea dates, comments and especially Prayers. Thank you for pointing out areas in need of improvement, a fresh perspective, blind spots and “trigger” points in need of a Divine Touch. Thank you for calling forth Gifts, Beauty, Love, and more. I am a continually better, yet continually imperfect, woman because of your Loving kindness.
In younger days, the changing of the year offered excitement and changing up. All my Hopes, then laid with man. That something in “Mankind” would change. With that world view came a certain tension and inevitably disappointment.
With growing emotional maturity , wisdom and spiritual growth the excitement runs deep yet in this season, without the tension. God’s plan for the next two years is simple.
All. For. His. Glory.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Softly 2013 comes. Tiptoeing into sight, save for the sporadic fire work down the block heralding, either the exodus of 2012 or the entrance of 2013, or both.
Looking forward to sharing the vision, through the next season. And hear of yours.
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
But that’s another story~
Finish strong in Word and Truth.
Finishing Strong in Freedom with Dreams in my Heart~Shandra
Until we meet again, Take good care.