Babies were born.
Weddings were performed.
Precious loved ones passed to their glory.
Children moved away.
New furniture was purchased.
Old friendships were rekindled.
What do you see when you look back over this past year?
Do you see heartache? pain? loss?
Do you see blessings? joy? wonderment?
I have always thought that no matter what our circumstances, the outcome depends alot on our perspective. Have you ever considered it a blessing to endure pain? Have you experienced joy while your heart ached? Have you stood in wonder at how God has stood with you during your loss?
This is how I would like to remember 2009 ... that with every tear I have cried, every smile I have smiled, every pain I have endured and every blessing I have counted ~ that each moment has had a purpose to bring me into the full understanding of what my salvation means. (Grace, love, forgiveness, redemption, undeserved merit)
2 TIMOTHY 2:10 "For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory."
What is your perspective of what 2009 brought to you and yours? Rejoice in everything and as we say good bye to an old year and ring in a new one ... may your perspective remain on the joy of the Lord, even in your suffering.
Please join us this week for THANKFUL THURSDAY by linking your TT post below in Mr. Linky. I have enjoyed being your host this month, and hope that you will come back and visit my blog as often as you can. Next month Lynn will be hosting, so be sure to check out her blog as well. HAPPY NEW YEAR!