For most of my holiday gatherings this year, I tried to ask those I met with, “WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR, 2019?”
All kinds of answers come up, and when it’s my turn, my most obvious answer was my engagement plus God’s provisions for my and my fiance’s wedding AND marriage preps.
This year, we got engaged, budgeted to pay for our wedding suppliers, purchased our first major investment, and of course, attended seminars (some required, some we decided on our own) here and there as preparation.
Yes, we’re not just preparing for our wedding, which will last for only one day — more importantly, we’re preparing for our lifetime commitment to MARRIAGE. 🙂
This year, I transitioned from a girlfriend to a fiancee. In the coming days, I’ll be transitioning from fiancee to wife. For most of 2020 and beyond, I’ll be spending my days not just for myself, but also for my (future) husband… and if God allows already, our first child, then second… then third… (pray for us!). After being single for three decades of my life, I’m answering God’s call in being married for the rest of my life to the one who can help me do His mission here on earth better. I know that’s a lot to digest. But I believe I’ll be living more decades as a married woman (I plan to live at least until 90 years old! In Jesus’ mighty name!) than as a single girl, and with God by my side through it all, I’m not worrying.
Sure, there are many things to learn (and unlearn) as I continue with the transitions that come with the season I’m in, but mosty, I AM EXCITED! 😉
So yes, I thank God for His provisions. I’m also thankful that I’m given this chance to transition in the direction He wants me to take.
Anyway, I’ll keep this year-ender short and simple. As I already shared to some people, here are MORE good questions (shared to me by my sister) to reflect on as we end 2019 and start 2020 — use these as you evaluate and think through this past year and trust God for a new year. (You may even opt to write them in your journal to make it more meaningful and memorable!) 😀
What’s one thing you can do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
What’s an impossible prayer you can pray?
What’s the most important thing you could do to improve your family life?
In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year?
What’s the single biggest time-waster in your life, and how can you redeem the time?
What’s the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
What’s the most important way, by God’s grace, you will try to make this year different from last?
What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
What single thing can you plan to do this year that will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
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A blessed 2020 to all!!!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY ALWAYS AND FOREVER!