The best thing to hold unto in this life :JesusAs this year draws to a close and another one quickly approaches, their is a tendency to rush ahead, after all a shiny new year is up ahead with all the promises of grandeur hidden in it's wings, and I, like many people am so ready for the possibilities that it holds. But their is another side to this desire and it's the potential to move so fast now that I rush ahead of the moment, the place, the season that God has me in, and worse of all the potential to even rush ahead of God. Proverbs 3 5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight." That for me is a very telling passage that says so much to my often restless heart. So today instead of rushing ahead and building castles made of air, I'm reflecting back on this year and even on previous years, and in doing so I'm noticing that they all show the finger of God. His handprints are all over my life, from the glorious mountain top moments , to the dark trudge through the valley. He's always been there: guiding me, holding me, patiently teaching me, binding up my wounds, and constantly showering me with His love. Even those hard moments where I just didn't understand , the moments where I felt alone, He was always there . And I've learned to thank Him for my trials, to thank Him for my struggles, to thank Him for my winter season, because they've formed in me what an endless Summer could not, they've formed in me compassion, humility, and a growing resemblance to Jesus, the Forerunner. "Where the Forerunner Jesus has entered for us, made a High Priest forever after the order Melchisedech." Hebrews 6:20 . So before I make one resolution for the coming year, I'm stopping today to thank the One who wrote everyone of days in His book, the One who numbers every hair on my head, Who collects every tear I've ever shed, and Who has my name written on the palm of His hand. He tells me He has plans for my good, and to give me a perfect end, and you know what ? I trust Him.

Posted in: Faith on January 1, 2016

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  • January 12, 2016

    I agree with you!
    Thanks for sharing that with us so beautifully!
    Much love,
    AGLM team

  • January 12, 2016

    You are a beautiful writer, friend!
    The "winter season". It has taken me a while to learn the beauty of it like you said.
    Thanks for remind us to take it in, to remember the faithfulness of God and look ahead in hope.

  • January 10, 2016

    Wow. This is beautiful and so encouraging! Thank you for sharing your heart. It's uplifted mine.
    I've seen so many of the same things in my life... the things you mentioned about how He uses the bad stuff to form us to be more like Him.
    And this year, I want to learn to trust Him more.
    Lot's of love and happy new year!!