Every year the TV, radio and newspapers will do a “year in review”. It might be the top news stories, which famous personalities died during the year, the top 100 songs of the year or the biggest tragedies of the year. No matter what the list contains, there is someone throughout the year keeping a record.
As I thought of this I started to review my year by assessing goals I set in January. I usually write them down and then review once in a while throughout the year to see if I am still “on track”.
Here is my list:
· Do at least 1 Bible study: Examples: Kay Arthur, Jerry Bridges
· “Establishing a heart for God” Bible study and Journal
· Read/listen to Bible through in a year (chronically)
· Read 4 Christian nonfiction books: Biographies, growth, counseling
· Encourage/help others (Acts of Kindness)
· Send notes/cards monthly
· Memorize verses
· Praise/prayer Journal
· Nanc certification - work on
· Giving Jar
· Walk a mile at least 3 times a week
· Write at least 6 blogs a month
How did I do? Well I completed seven of the items listed above, three of them were partly completed and two I did not do at all. Do I feel like a failure? Absolutely not, I did many things not on my list and I learned daily that I need to follow Jesus’ lead.
As I reviewed last year I see blessing abound. God richly blesses us (all of us) daily. The political and economic environments around the world have not always been strong, but God is still in control. Each and everything that is happening in the world today is not happening without His knowledge. I cannot get depressed about the world’s affairs but I can pray and ask God for wisdom and inner peace in times of duress.
The Bible is filled with assurance and comfort here are just a few verses:
… for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5 -6
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8
For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm 73:28
I will close my review with some entries from my thankful journal:
· Jesus – I shudder to think of where I would be without Him
· Bible – His precious word for guidance, wisdom, counsel… for everything
· “Establishing a heart for God Bible study” Bible study journal
· God’s protection
· Surviving the blizzard of 2013
· Neighbors – I have awesome neighbors who are there for us
· Quiet time
· God’s bountiful blessings Ps 68:19
· Ability to pay my bills
· Birds chirping – it means I can hear
· Sunsets and sun risings – it means I can see
· Balancing a checkbook – it means my mind is still functioning
I could go on and on, however, this is just a sliver of my thankfulness to the Great and Wonderful Creator for all He has done and will do.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11
Rejoice in this verse means to “spin around” “be glad, joyful”. I have so much to “spin around” for. How about you? Start the New Year with a thankful journal and you will be pleasantly surprised when you do “a year in review”.