Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
Faith.Over the last year, God has really grown my faith in Him. My theme verse has been Proverbs 3:5-6 for most of 2010!
As I reflect on the past year, my faith has grown in many different ways. I’ve learned to have faith that God will give me strength to get through tough times. This summer, Leon and I were separated for 3 months leading up to our wedding. It was very difficult, and I had to lean on God and have faith he would give me strength and joy to persevere.
I’ve learned to have faith that God will meet all my needs: spiritually, emotionally, physically. In marrying a missionary, I’ve been faced with several challenges and transitions in my life, none of which are very easy without help from the Lord. Simply put: I’ve left my job, moved house (or should that be country?), and gotten married–all within the same year. I’ve been told these are all things one should NOT do all in one year. Oops!
My faith has also grown as I’ve learned to trust that God will never leave me, and neither will my husband. We are in this thing called life together… for the rest of our lives! My relationship with my husband has been a gentle reminder of my relationship with God. God is always there for me. He will never leave me. He loves me unconditionally. In the same way, my husband and I have a covenant that we will be faithful to each other and love each other no matter what may come our way.
Self-Confidence. I will admit that I lack self-confidence sometimes. Over the coming year, I’d really like to be reminded of what God thinks of me. That way I can learn to think of myself the way God thinks of me. I’m reminded of the verse in Psalm 139 that says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I am God’s creation, and I want to have the confidence that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that I can “do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I’m not sure how this word will take shape in my life as 2011 begins, but I have faith that God will give me grace, as He always does, to glorify Him! :)