Dear Heavenly Father,
I have meditated upon Your Word this morning. I have reflected on this past year, and the lessons You have taught me through the many highs and lows I’ve experienced this year. In everything, I give You praise!
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6)
I admit this past year I have squandered opportunities. I have allowed discouragement and anxiety to overwhelm me while at the same time knowing that YOU were (are) always in control and I need not fear.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
I have prayed this year, laying my requests before You. You have been faithful! Still, there were times I was surprised by You. I prayed, with mustard-seed faith, and was surprised when You answered back with mountainous blessings. Forgive me for my lack of faith!
I BELIEVE, Lord! Help me with my unbelief! (Mark 9:24)
I confess I became impatient many times, trying to do things on my own, in my own strength. I would find myself running ahead of You, or lagging behind rather than allowing You to set the pace and then join You comfortably in the centre of Your Will. Forgive me for trying to circumnavigate my way around You, having the audacity to think MY agenda was more important than Yours!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Lord, as a New Year unfolds, keep me mindful of the things that are of utmost importance to You. Rid me of any stubborn pride or vanity. (John 3:30-35) Teach me to better:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
I thank-You for the year ahead. I thank-You for Your Son, for Your Word, for the gift of Salvation! Thank-You for this incredible Journey I walk with You every single day. May everything I do or say this year be to Your Glory! (1 Corinthians 10:31)