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Reflections of 2013

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As I close out the year my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for all God allowed for me to experience in 2013.  It has been an “exceedingly abundant year.”

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:1-10

God did indeed grant me strength through Christ in my inner man.  I was able to meet with so many precious saints who encouraged my walk in Christ.  I saw first hand the love of Jesus in the conversations I had with my family, friends and mentors.  I am a richer woman because of this incredible journey.  I have experienced God’s fullness in so many ways.

I love what Thomas Merton said, “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, and is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

I can attest to not only the truths of God, but my experience has been rich.  My heart has been awakened to HIS wonder, as well as to HIS goodness.  This year I have seen God’s love in a new way, and I know for me that my life has been forever changed.

I have attached my list of people and places that I visited.  I know that their names will not mean anything to you, but I do believe that you could put “Your People” in their place.  If you were to think of the people who have shaped your story, who would they be?  What are the truths/principles that have impacted your life decisions?

This is what I know from the journey this year: Nothing has had a greater impact in my soul than to reflect and remember all that GOD has taught me through others.

You may not be able to take off of work, or spend extended time in reflection, but what if you began to take time this year to intentionally write your thoughts in a file, or a journal for the purpose of encouragement to your heart as well as to others.

As you think about the new-year what are your delights, desires, and dreams?  What are you asking GOD to do in and through you?

My one word idea for the 2013 year was anticipation.  At the time I wrote that word I had no idea what the year would hold.  I lived with a sense of anticipation of what GOD was going to do in and through me.  Today, as I sit and reflect and remember, it has been an Ephesians 3:20-21 year indeed.  I have understood the full the measure of God’s love.  I have seen the width and length and depth and height — I know the love of Christ that passes knowledge; and I have been filled with all the fullness of God.  I am deeply grateful.

My new idea for 2014 is fully alive!  I want to be fully alive in Christ!  My scripture focus is, Ephesians 2:1-10.

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:1-10

Beginning in January I will open a new monthly environment for the purpose of sharing truths, principles and practices that I have found that have allowed me to live fully alive!  These sessions that I am calling Coffee Conversations will take place on a Saturday morning, once a month beginning January 25.  Learn more about Coffee Conversations.

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