What a totally amazing year my husband and I have enjoyed! This year, we got out of debt, moved to a dream home, saw lot of family restoration -- so many blessings and answered prayers in the past twelve months. I feel a twinge of regret that this beautiful year has come to an end.
And yet -- I realize that it's all a matter of perspective.
I have dear friend who spent this entire year battling breast cancer.
Another lost several members of her family to death.
Another has struggled with being unemployed and depressed.
For them, I'm sure they are happy to bid farewell to this year of struggles and trials.
Whether we kiss 2011 goodbye with a smile of fondness or kick it to the curb and stamp the dust off of our feet, we all turn towards 2012 with hopes, dreams, and prayers for a beautiful future.
So bidding goodbye to 2011, I share with you a favorite passage, Jeremiah 29:11-13: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
What a Silver Lining -- the promise of a HOPE and a FUTURE!
Blessings, y'all, and Happy New Year!