Happy New Year!
A year ago Freddy and I took a day and went to the Larson's lake house to reflect on 2007 and set goals and make a plan for 2008. His goals were written in blue, mine in red, and things we wanted to accomplish together in black. We felt good about our plan.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
That's the verse that comes to mind when I consider all that 2008 held. We started the year as a family of 3, living in a house in a neighborhood, 2 cars, a job with a secure income, in Clarksville, TN surrounded by most of our family. We ended the year as a family of 5, living in an apartment an the 19th floor, no car, raising our support to do ministry in the most strategic city in the world, the place God has called our family to plant our lives, New York City.
What a year! I could have never guessed all that would take place. I'm glad I didn't know. Knowing I'd be living in NYC would have been scary, doing it with a 2 year old and twins would have sent me over the edge. God has been gracious to me and to us as a family. He has given us the strength and faith and excitement to follow his call. I think my natural tendency would be to face 2009 a little scared, leery of what is coming that I don't know about, but I'm choosing something different. I'm facing 2009 with faith. Faith that God knows what is best for me, faith that he will see our family through each day and give us new mercies each morning.
I'm excited about the new year. It's a fresh start in a new place. Hopefully we are finally getting settled, maybe no major life changes will take place this year, but if they do come I know God will see us through them and prove himself faithful once again.
Happy New Year Everyone!