Looking back on the challenges that 2010 held, I realize that I am not sad to see this year come to a close. It was a year of sadness and grief. A year where I lost three close friends to death. A year of mourning and a year with disappointing ends to relationships. At the same time, it was a year of birth — my two nieces bring so much joy to our family. It was a year where I faced disappointment and some very dark times. I learned that I still have trouble letting go and giving complete control to you. However, I am thankful for the pain, though it was horrible, because it strengthened my relationship with you and my dependence on you. Thank you for showing me your character in 2010 — thank you for teaching me about your love and faithfulness.
Lord, on this brand new day of 2011, I want to make this a year of HOPE. I choose hope. I choose to be positive. I chose to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I choose to say “it is well with my soul.” I choose to depend on you. Let your Spirit clearly guide me in the right direction. Father, I trust you. I trust you with the desires of my heart. I renounce the spirit of FEAR. I renounce despair. I renounce the lies from our enemy that I have believed. I choose to rest in you and believe your TRUTH.
I believe that you created me with love, exactly the way I am. (Psalm 139:13-14)
I believe that you have a unique purpose for me that only I can fulfill. (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
I believe that you have ordained my days upon this earth. (Psalm 139:16)
I believe that you love me more than I can ever imagine. (Psalm 23:6)
I believe that you are faithful and good. (Psalm 100:5)
I believe that someday I will live eternally with you in Heaven. (John 6:40)
I believe that each day is a gift from you. (Psalm 118:24)
I believe that all things work together for good in your master plan. (Romans 8:28)
I believe that your plans are better than my plans and your ways are higher than my ways. (Isaiah 55:9)
I believe that you are God, and I am not! (1 John 4:7-10)
(Copyright Allison at Anointed With Grace, 1/01/11)