2009 was a good year! Looking back upon the events of 2009, this post will be the first of a short series to review the incredible memories, the life-changing moments, the glorious victories and the miserable defeats, the people that came and the people that went, and how it all brought me to where I am at the beginning of 2010. I encourage you to do the same.
First, I had an immense wound immensely healed. I would like to say that this is especially thanks to one person, but because I know he wouldn't accept any credit for himself, rather he would attribute it to God and to my own strength, I won't mention his name. He has been a huge huge huge blessing in my life, and I really don't know what I would have done in Fall 2008 and early Winter and Spring 2009 without him.
After a big, nasty bump in the road we call life, my life found it's purpose, and again had strength, joy, and peace in knowing God, knowing what I meant to God, and knowing that God is there. Thank you! [You know who you are!]
This passage pretty much basically sums up PERFECTLY the utter lostness, the abundant love, and the great faithfulness:
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him...
Second, I watched my niece grow from this --- to this!
From 6 months to 18 months!
I love how you smile all the time!
I love how you eat so much and make such a mess!
I love how much you love Gramps and Grams!
I love your chubby fingers!
I can't wait to spend the next three days with you!
PS: You are right, it was God and my own strength, but it was YOU that helped me discover those two things!