Singing, scripture, and communion this morning at church.

A restful afternoon writing a thank you card, playing games, working on the Handwritten Bible project, talking and laughing.

Snow falling softly, one of the few times yet this winter.

. . . And so begins 2012.

In retrospect, 2011 was a crazy year. 

There were some faith-shaking, faith-strengthening situations and circumstances.

There were some important lessons learned, wisdom and truth gained.

There were some challenges and convictions, and spiritual growth along the process of sanctification.

There were some new experiences, incredible opportunities, and blessings.

There were deepened friendships and new ones, and a special someone.

2011 wasn't an easy year, but I look back on it as the best year of my life. God blessed me with so much, and I am so thankful.

I imagine each passing year will be "the best yet", as I continue to learn more and more about Christ and more and more reflect Him and live out His purpose for my life . . . to glorify Him. And this is my prayer for this upcoming year.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
      ~ Philippians 3:7-11 [emphasis mine]
(Happy New Year!)

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