"This could be the year God changes everything"
When I read this quote at the beginning of 2011, something about it stirred my spirit. I can't say for sure why, but I knew that I knew that I knew that it meant change for me and my family. You probably have noticed I have had this quote on my blog all year, and as it has remained and I have wondered what God was doing the whole time it has been there.
Of course, I assumed that change that would be all warm and fuzzy. Change to make our life easier, more "picture perfect".
Can someone play the annoying buzzer from Family Feud please? Cause I was WAY wrong.
This HAS been a year of change. A year of unsettling, so to speak.
There have lots of valleys and days of uncertainty, but one thing has not been uncertain.
Yes, I have begged Him to remove and resolve difficult situations over the past year, and He hasn't.
Yes, I've even been angry with Him at times, and He understood.
When life has seemed very confusing on several occasions, He has remained.
You may remember that I began reading the One Year Chronological Bible in January.
Sometimes the simplest word has made a verse so very profound.
Because the scriptures are arranged in the order in which they happened (as closely as possible, anyway), it has been like reading more of a story instead of just chapters and verses. The characters have seemed more real and less like characters. I remember feeling heartbreak when David was separated from his dear friend, Johnathan, he loved him so much. I have longed for someone like Nathan the prophet in my life. I awed at the favor bestowed upon Joseph. My heart ached for Moses as he climbed the mountain, knowing it would be his final resting place. As he reached the top, God allowed him a glimpse of the vast land the Israelites would possess - without him. How bittersweet it must have been for him to lead the people for so long, yet not experience it. I could see the disgust in Jesus face at the Pharisees and the love in His eyes when He said, "It is finished."
In the words of Moses, "These instructions are not empty words, they are your life!" Deuteronomy 31:47. His words have been my life.
In fact, we have started an Adult Sunday School Class and this is our "literature". If you are interested in joining our class, we would be honored to have you. I posted an image of the chronological Bible we use, it is the NLT translation. There are several different chronological arrangements out there, and they all differ a little. These are available at www.amazon.com, www.christianbook.com, www.lifeway.com (ahem - where I just happen to know they are on sale at right now), and I'm sure many other places. It is even available for Kindle users. Of course you don't have to have this, you can use your own Bible, but it's so much easier to read along when it is all arranged for you in day by day format without interruptions. Trust me - I'm speaking from experience. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Todd at email@example.com.
His words have been the highlight of my 2011. Although, I am not sad to see 2011 go, I am grateful that He has counted us worthy of the journey and I sure hope to have learned everything He wanted me to learn so that I don't have to repeat this course!
What has 2011 meant to you and yours? Has God brought about change? What have you clung to this year?
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