Avoiding reflection on this day has always been impossible, and I'm thankful that God has created me with that kind of mind. This type of consideration that He has hard-wired in me graciously keeps me thinking big picture and therefore acknowledging his Sovereignty. It makes me appreciate the truth of His nature: that He "determined allotted periods" (Acts 17:26) and that He "changes times and seasons" (Daniel 2:21). On this day, it's easy to forgo thanksgiving and praise, exchanging them for either the planned festivities of tonight or looking ahead to 2017, days you are not promised. I encourage you to make the time to praise Him today, to "prepare Him room" in your heart,and I wanted to share some final thoughts with you, some loose ends from this series [in which I was notably rather faithless] to ensure that all those important lessonsHe spent so much time teaching me would have an impact.
BE where God has put you.
The reality is I started a jewelry business using products that I had at my disposal and I do all of the work by hand. God didn't ordain that I would be born into a family with money to help me "reach my dreams," but He did give me a family who would pray for me. I can blog without having to pay a dime (well, as long as I'm cool with an impersonal domain name) so that writing urge is fulfilled. He even sends me places to house sit so I can feel like I'm traveling. He's given me singleness and so I echo what many before me have said: use it well. He's granted me salvation, and I ought to relish its benefits. He's packed my life well, and I want to honor each gift well by using it. Check out this verse:
2 Corinthians 8:9-12
Boast about JESUS.
And finally, one more that He has been engraving on my mind recently.
I pray your last night of 2016 is beautiful, that you might think the loftiest of thoughts which can only include the Most Exalted One.