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Farewell to 2014

2014 was a year of wonderful miracles and major progress for me…  until the end of August, when the last bit of solid ground that I was building my recovery on didn’t so much crumble as explode.  I didn’t go into it then, and I won’t go into it now;  the series of devastating losses that I’ve endured over the past 4 years has exhausted me, and I’m sure that long-time readers long since got tired of hearing about it all.  I’d be grateful for any prayers you’d like to say for me towards getting my life rebuilt;  it doesn’t matter that you don’t know the specifics, God will know what you’re referring to.

Throughout the nightmare days of the last 4 months, my faith has never wavered, and God has provided miracles to keep me encouraged;  I know that His hand is on the wheel and He will bring me out of this with double what I had before:

Zechariah 9:12 (ESV)
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that I will restore to you double.  

Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)
7 Instead of your shame
    you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
    you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

I had really hoped that my biggest issue, my continued separation from people I care about, would be resolved in 2014;  sadly, it was not.  Whenever God intends for them to return to me will be the right time, by definition…  I’m standing in faith for 2015 to be the year they come back.

There WERE good things this year, too, and it is those I want to finish up with.

No matter what has been going on, I have not missed a single day of Bible study;  I have been through the entire Bible THREE times this year.  Next year, I’ll read it FOUR times.  I hope that by this time next year I’ll know scripture well enough to apply to seminary.

I had big gains in both making new friends and the return of some that had faded away.

This blog took a big jump in the # of hits it gets again this year:

2010:  76

2011:  525

2012:  7083

2013:  61,189

2014:  108,274

I still haven’t done anything to promote the blog, so only God could have caused it.  At the end of 2012, I had a single-digit # of followers, at the end of 2013, I had 75, and asked God for something extravagant, *100* new followers for 2014…  and as you can see He came through, because I’m up to 177 followers!!  (Thanks to all of you for joining me!!)  For 2015, I’m asking for 200 new followers and 200,000 hits.

And God gave me many miracles to show that He is with me even in the dark times…  carrying me, as in the Footprints in the Sand “poem.”

2015 is the year that my radical faith will be rewarded with radical blessings.  God tore down my old life, and a new and better life starts…  NOW!!

Isaiah 43:18 (CJB)
18 “Stop dwelling on past events
and brooding over times gone by

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
13 … I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead

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