1 January 2010

It does seem odd that 2009 is now finished, having just completed it’s course in our time zone. This past year has been one that I shall never forget! It has been one filled with surprises, joyous fellowship, unimaginable projects, and the love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This year has had its ups and downs, but looking back I can see how the Lord uses even the little things to prepare His people for what He has in store for them – whether they are around the corner or on the other side of a steep and treacherous hill.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.” —Romans 8:28

We began 2009 with many plans and goals. Some we accomplished, some have been postponed, and some may never be even started. But God is faithful, and has blessed us with far more than we could have ever planned, expected, or anticipated! What a comfort to remember that,

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” —Proverbs 16:9

We have been able to look back and see our Creator’s mighty hand working things according to His perfect plan and purpose. We can delight in the Lord in both joyous times and sorrowful times because we know that He is sovereign and in control. We must trust in Him with all of our heart,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:5-6

With thankfulness and joy I say farewell to 2009 . . . not because things were unpleasant, but because I am ready to find out (in His timing) what God has in store for the future!

Saying goodbye to this past year does not mean that it shall not be spoken of again, as I am sure that this will be a year spoken of for many decades to come, but that we are saying hello to a new year!

As we enter the year of our Lord 2010, may we be drawn ever closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, and be found faithful to what He has called us to do!

  1. 8 Responses to “A Farewell & A Welcome: The beginning of 2010 . . .”

  2. Miss Jen on Jan 1, 2010 said:

    A Blessed New Year to you~ dear Emily!!
    This was such a beautiful post! :)

    Love in Christ~ Jen

  3. Brenna on Jan 1, 2010 said:

    Emily, beautifully sweet post. A blessing this little blog surely is. {Don’t forget to let me know when your queue opens up.}

  4. Shannon on Jan 1, 2010 said:

    Happy New Year, and may the Lord bless you richly in the months to come (as I know He will!).


  5. Debbie on Jan 2, 2010 said:

    What a blessing to read this post today. I am hopeful for the New Year and wish you many blessings in your new year.

  6. Jenna on Jan 3, 2010 said:

    Hi Emily!

    It was so nice meeting you at the SOS conference! I just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you with the “Fresh Squeezed Award” over at my blog.

    Your Sister In Christ,

    P.S. My blog is http://wheretheheartremains.blogspot.com

  7. Samantha on Jan 4, 2010 said:


  8. Elizabeth on Jan 5, 2010 said:

    Hello Emily Rose!
    Thanks for the post! Oh, and I just watched the interview video on Mr. Doug Phillips’ blog and enjoyed it so very much!
    What is the addition this upcoming year to the paper dolls that you mentioned in the video?

    May the Lord bless you richly!

  9. Sarah H. on Jan 14, 2010 said:

    I know, time goes so fast. Happy New year!

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