2022 is ending.
I turned fifty-five in January and, by the grace of God, I have experienced exponential growth this year. I’ve written devotions and polished pictures books, attended conferences and met publishers, honed the craft and sent submissions, learned new technology and met new friends and learned to take critiques! I have maintained a thirty pound weight loss, though the struggle is real! Reading the Bible through while journaling my thoughts has been a great blessing. I now ach for my ailing mother and I continue to experience concern for her future. My time with my grandchildren has been precious, for they are growing quickly. My husband and I have settled into marriage with new resolve. The jail and radio ministries have continued. Hearing some of the best preaching and teaching of my entire life has happened in 2022. As this year ends I look to 2023 with confidence in my Savior, who knows exactly where I am and will work in my life to glorify Himself.
I am amazed how God works through us humans. Our limited knowledge and ability seems laughable in comparison to His unlimited knowledge and ability. Yet, God has created us with the capacity to attain knowledge and the ability to learn and grow. He shares His word, gives His grace, extends His mercy, manifests His love and lives in us through His Spirit. We breathe His air, consume His food and receive His manifold blessings. Who are we that God would be mindful of us?
We are not enough, but God is more than enough. Anything is possible as long as we rely upon Him. We can do all things through Christ, but without Him, we can do nothing. All that we accomplish to glorify Christ will be done through Him.
I look forward to seeing God glorified in 2023. May I, like Paul, decrease so that He might increase. As I live and move forward, may I remember whose I am!
As we move forward in 2023, may we all rememvember who we belong too!
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
You’ve had a lot going on in 2022. Kudos! It’s a great idea to look back on how we grow each year to remind us of God’s faithfulness.
To continued growth in 2023!
I was busy in 2022, but nothing was accomplished without Christ. Looking back presses me forward. I have so much to learn, and I’m reliant on the Lord!