Wow....what a year. 2009 has been the best year so far. All kinds of wonderful things happened. All kinds of growing and rethinking also happened. My highlight of 2009, though? Marrying the very best man on the face of the earth. I know. I'm a little biased, but that's ok. You'd all think he was the best if you knew him too. :0)
So....as I have been mulling over my prayer for 2010 the last few weeks God has given me two pieces of wisdom to think about as I write this:
1) In HIS hands, little becomes much; and
2) To thine own self be true....
Something else I heard this week: "To get what you've never had, you MUST do what you've never done." ~ Pastor Steve Furtick, Elevation Church. Ohhhh....I love that!
So, without further delay....my prayer for 2010:
THANK YOU....for all that You've done, for all that You're doing, for all that You will do. Thank You for 2009....for all the blessings, the heartache, the laughter and the tears. With each and every experience I've grown in You. I've learned that You are here no matter what. I've learned that You listen to my prayer....You may not always answer, but You do always hear me. I've learned that Your plans are good and true and always the best. I've learned that You want whats best for me...even if I don't know what that is or think that it's not. I've grown in my heart, my soul and in my thoughts.
I've held on to the things that are precious to me. I've let go of the things that continue to hurt me. I've seen Your face in my tears and heard Your voice in my laughter. I pray, Father, that You continue to guide my steps, that I continue to seek You first and that even when I fall I remember that You are there beside me.
I'm thankful for my husband....the gift that YOU gave to me. I'm so very grateful for his heart, his wonderful wisdom and his desire to follow You with every step. I pray that you continue to bless us, lead us and be there as we work through life together. In the happy times I wish to praise You for our marriage. In the not so happy times I praise You even more for the lessons we are learning and the closeness that only trials can bring. I pray that we continue to put each other only second to You.
Thank You for our girls. Thank You for giving each of them to us to treasure, lead, love, laugh with and show them how to lead healthy, productive lives. I pray hard, Father, that You watch over each of them as they grow into the person You have created them to be. Keep your strong, loving arms around them....protecting them from hurt, harm and heartache as they leave our home to spend time with boys and their friends. **Sigh**
I pray that 2010 brings prosperity in our lives. In Your hands, little becomes much. I pray that we remember to thank You daily for Your provision. As we continue to be prudent with the provision You provide, I pray that Your will be done and that the blessings You give to us be passed on to others in need. I pray that others see Your light shine through us.....however that happens, whatever needs done, USE us to share Your love with the unloved. We are ready, willing and able to be Your hands and feet. Here we are, Lord, send us.
Thank You for reminding me time and time again that my story is no longer my shame. I pray that You continue to remind me that the only opinion of me that matters is YOURS. In 2010 and beyond I will be true to myself. Others may come and go, but You are always there...never leaving me nor forsaking me. Letting go of all the hurt from my past has freed me to finally see the purpose of it all. Thank You for being exactly who You say You are...my one true Father.
And finally, thank You in advance for knowing the mistakes I will make in 2010 and loving me right through them. 2010 is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER.....and if it's not? May You show us the lessons You want us to learn.
In Jesus' precious name I pray,
Amen and AMEN.