??Can you believe it? Christmas is 363 days away. Every year the holiday season passes so fast. It?s amazing how much time we spend preparing for the day and yet, in 24 hours…poof! its over. Quickly, life returns to normal. We go back to work, we take down our Christmas decorations, we return all our gifts (or at least some of them!). Yesterday, Pastor Dave encouraged us to to look ahead to 2011. He challenged us to take a step forward in our spiritual lives by ramping up our spiritual training, developing our spiritual gifts, and praying for our unsaved friends and family. I hope 2011 brings great spiritual growth for us all. But before we fully turn our hearts and minds toward 2011, I encourage you to take one last look at 2010. Think about the last year, its ups and downs, its joys and hurts its laughter and tears. When difficult times came, the authors of the Psalms often remembered the the good things God had done in the past. Asaph wrote in Psalm 77:????11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;??yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.??12 I will consider all your works??and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”??13 Your ways, God, are holy.??What god is as great as our God???14 You are the God who performs miracles;??you display your power among the peoples.
Asaph continues to praise God for the parting of the Red Sea that rescued the Israelites from the Egyptians. Of course, Asaph hadn?t witnessed the parting of the Red Sea, but by faith he meditated on what God had done and it lifted his discouraged heart.
So what did God do in your life in 2010? How did He encourage you, heal you, free you from sin? What has God done in your family, your marriage, or your finances that you can praise Him for? Its so easy to forget! Before you move on to 2011, take the time to remember the good things God has done in your life. Take them to heart, because trials and difficulties may come in 2011, and when they do you can praise God for His faithfulness and constant presence in your life.
Guest Blogger: Kristen Williams