Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

It's hard to believe that another year has passed, and a new one has begun. I think we all love new beginnings which is probably why we love a new year. It's a chance to start afresh, to make new goals, and to dream of what we want for our future.

I spent this morning with my family, talking about the past year. We made a list of all the answered prayers and blessings God placed in our lives in 2008. It was important for me to see all the ways God worked in our lives, in spite of the many challenges and difficulties we faced. Here are just a few things we listed today.

1. Blessed us with new friends in Brazil and Mozambique
2. Found us a good house
3. Unexpected time with family in the States
4. No malaria!
5. Sold my African series
6. Survived our first year home schooling (and the kids did great!)
7. Watched our ministry begin to expand
8. Living here has given us more time together as a family
9. Growth in Portuguese
10. Saw the Amazon

What about you? I know that many of you have had times of celebrations during this past year, while others of you have faced tragedy with the loss of jobs and loved ones. My prayer for each one of you is that this coming year will be full of peace and joy, but even more importantly, a deeper understanding of our Heavenly Father and His will for you in your life.

Wishing you a very blessed 2009!


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