At Years End

Well here we are staring down another New Years Eve and for most of us, we are saying we are glad to see this year go and we look forward to what a new year can bring.  As I was doing my devotions this morning, and I looked back at what I had written last year I found this quote from Oswald Chambers

“Leave the irreparable past in His hands and step out into the irresistible future with Him”  From My Utmost for His Highest.

Then as I logged on to my computer, I saw in my facebook memories that I had written something about that quote last year too.  Here is what I wrote:

“Hard to believe another year has come and gone. My son said something in the car yesterday that was so true, he said, “today was a great day and a terrible day” I responded by saying “that’s every day…we can either focus on what went wrong or we can focus on the blessings God gave us.” I think many of us feel the same away on New Years Eve when we look back on the year…we are glad to see the year go because of the bad things that happened during the year…but each year has its share of good and bad, it all depends on where our focus is. Oswald Chambers wrote “Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him” So today, as you look back on the year, leave all those bad things that happened where they belong, with Jesus, and start the New Year knowing that God has a plan for you and be willing to follow Him into it. In the new year, I am going to be doing that, following God into some of what I feel He is leading me into, starting with creating a blog. It will focus on Faith, Family(specifically being a single parent) and have some fun stuff thrown in as well. I will post the link here on Facebook once I start! Would love to have everyone check it out. Thanks!”

As I sat down to write this post a smile came to my face. I hadn’t remembered that I had even said any of that last year and here I am coming up on the one year anniversary of my blog.

There is so much truth in remembering that God is the one who holds our future in His hands. It is His job to lead, our job, is to follow.  That is how he created us.  As Sarah young said it in her devotion Jesus Calling..

I designed you to have no sufficiency of your own.”

or as the Bible puts it in John 15:5

….apart from me you can do nothing.

We like to think that we are in control and as we look toward a new year, we may feel like this year was out of control and next year is going to be better.  The truth is…every day is out of our control, but no day is ever out of His control.  What has happened over the past year, both the good and the bad are part of His plan,  and as I said in my last post He promises us that ALL things will work together for our good.  

So however you look back on this past year.  You probably can say something similar to what my son said last year..this was a great year and this was a horrible year and although it may feel that way, remember that we only see a piece of the puzzle, but God made the puzzle.  He knows every step of our journey.  As we move forward into this next year, lets leave the past where it belongs, in His hands, and lets move forward into the future knowing that while the journey may be hard, we never walk alone and the view from the top is worth it.




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