I’m not gonna lie. 2011 has been a year I’d like to have skipped…it’s been a challenging, character building year to say the least. I thought about using this post to gripe, and I was reminded of 1000 Gifts (see earlier post for more details). I decided instead to highlight the things I am thankful for from this year.
I praise God for providing a publisher for Tears to Joy!!! I can hardly wait to see it in print next year. I am thankful for the relationship Jorjanne and I share; I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming and I thank God for her. I’m thankful for friends – faithful friends. On some of the toughest days of my life, they’ve cried with me, hugged me, and encouraged me. Thanks to each of them for not bailing on me when the going got tough.
I thank God for helping me to complete my first year in the PhD program with a 4.0 average. I am stoked about the things I am learning and I can’t wait to put them into practice. I thank God for a job I love!
In the midst of tragedy, it is so easy to focus on what we don’t have. I am choosing to focus on life’s blessings. Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” I am working hard to take every thought captive. So, instead of dwelling on the hurts and pains of 2011, I will praise God for allowing me to go to Rwanda, the thrill of ziplining, the countless hikes with friends, and the silly, giggly nights with my special girl!
Happy New Year to All! I pray that each day of 2012 will bring us closer to Christ than the one before.