It has taken way too long to get into 2019. It seems I am paralyzed to move into the new until I revisit the old.
Here are this year’s questions to take a look back to better look forward.
- What are the best (and worst) moments to remember from 2018?
- What did you learn from each one?
- What were the best books you read in 2018?
- What were your most memorable times with Christ?
- As you have reflected over last year, what threads did you see from the Lord’s hand?
- What are the things you would like to change in 2019?
- What verses have you leaned on and loved?
Moments I’ve tried to copy and paste to my memory are The Cove in June, Maine in August, Our City Story at our cabin, this particular Thanksgiving Day with our family, and Come to the Manger in December. There is one memory in Maine where the boys were doing some odd job and Cathy and I were sitting out at the picnic table. She was needlepointing, I was sketching, and it was about as perfect as two olds friends could get. And the surprise of Thanksgiving was that it was so unexpected. How could the day be so fun with so little stress, but it was and days later everyone was still weighing in about it.
Last year I learned over and again that God is faithful. He reveals things to his children for what is ahead and He showed up when I really needed Him. Those few crystal clear times are still humbling and wonderful and powerful and take me to my knees.
Books – well, I watched way too much tv this year, including all seasons of Blue Bloods back to back from May to September. But these two books: Tim Keller’s God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life never left my morning fare and still sits there. Second to that is the incredible Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness.
What I saw the Lord weaving through last year was a preparation for hard times. I saw that times I had set apart to be home alone or to have no schedule at all, or to be out of my usual element, He used for prayer. Prayer was the work He called me to and still is. I am figuring out that these blank calendar spaces are for prayer. This year I’d like to be more attentive, watch more, take the back seat, really look carefully into every single day and be thankful and reflective when I recognize a God-moment.
And verses – each time I speak at a retreat John 7: 18 is my lifeline, to make me into and a woman of truth with nothing false at all. I’m reminded over and again that testimony is powerful and Rev 12: 11 says we are overcomes by it. I lean on Isaiah 54: 17 when things get tough, that no weapon can prosper against me. And I have begun to pray Isaiah 61: 3 for my family, that we, like the old oak tree that grows beside our home, will someday miraculously become oaks of righteousness for the display of his splendor.
I would love to hear your answer to even one question. If you can’t write it here for all to see, message me with it. As you know I am a huge believer that answering questions of His or about Him are good for the soul.
Happy New Year!