I believe that 2009 was the year of patience and waiting for me personally. 2010 is the year of hope for me. I am hoping to find a full-time job.
(From my post 2009 Reflections)
As my "year of hope" is drawing to a close, God has answered my prayers.
The one thing I was hoping for was a full time job and this year, I started my new job. I believe that God's perfect plan came to fruition. Full time employment, local, and not at a church. Check, check, and check.
His timing was perfect too. I began working December 1st. Our daughter called December 6th to tell me that she had flunked out of university. Instead of sitting at home and fretting about her and her future, I went to work from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day and had to focus my mind on learning my new responsibilities. My energy was stretched further by coming home, preparing dinner, cleaning the kitchen, relaxing, and going to bed, in order to get up the next day and do it all over again.
Prayer has saved my sanity this month. Asking God to guide me and our daughter. The same two words have been repeated to me over and over:
Grace and Peace.
a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
How can I claim God's grace for myself and not extend grace toward our daughter?
The answer is that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit I am able to show our daughter grace today and every day that follows.
Peace: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
God has granted me peace.
Peace of mind and spirit during this month of change, activities, and celebration.
Grace and peace are the greatest gifts I received this year.
This year of hope.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Romans 1:7b (NLT)
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2 (NLT)
What has been the greatest gift or gifts you've received in 2010?