Thursday, January 1

Looking 2008

2008 has been a long, tough year. So many things have happened, some good, some bad, some absolutely devestating. Things that I haven't understood. Things that I've only made it through because I know that the Lord cares and that He's been with me the whole way. I know that even though I may not understand, He says that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." And through it all, I have seen the Mighty Hand of God at work! At times, it was just in the tiny things, like the still small voice that spoke to my heart, but in others, things that defied reason. He worked in such a way that a young man turned around, not knowing why, in the midst of acres of land, to go down a road that others had passed by, at just the right time. A time that literally meant the difference between life and death. I don't know if that young man even knows the Lord, but I know the Lord used him. I can't think of it now, without my hands shaking and tears filling my eyes. These were things that only God, in His infinite wisdom, could have brought about. The list goes on and on, of the ways I have seen His Mighty Hand working in my life and in the lives of those I love. I can never thank Him enough for His goodness and infinite mercy!
Even through the things that have brought me to my knees, to the lowest point in my life thus far, God has blessed! Even though He saw fit to allow two of my grandchildren to make their home in heaven with Him, before even entering this world, He allowed another to grace our lives here. (You see his smiling face in the previous post). And another, little Abby Jo, will join us in 2009, Lord willing. I am blessed!
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I'm so thankful that He has allowed my family to be together at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. It isn't something that I take for granted anymore. Things can change in a heartbeat.
I don't know what 2009 holds in store, but I do know who'll be there with me, every step of the way!
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 107:1~


Peggy said...

I, too stand amazed at the Lord's goodness.May He continue to bless and strengthen your family. You and Charlie are precious people.

It's wonderful to have all the family together. Love all the cute pictures.

Stephanie said...

God has brought you through a lot this year. I want you to know that you were a blessing in my life. There were times (particularly in July) I couldn't have made it without you. Glad I'm your favorite niece!