I was raised by an entrepreneur and I married one. I've known times of plenty and lean times, but I've never gone hungry a day in my life. Nonetheless, for a long time I approached the bookkeeping with anxiety. All those little numbers add up to such big numbers! I would sort of hold my breath wondering if the numbers coming in would match those going out...
One day I realized that was no way for the daughter of a King to live and I vowed to make this office a place of thanksgiving. Every invoice and receipt would be processed with a heart of thanksgiving. I would praise Him for His past faithfulness and declare my confidence in His goodness. It made a huge difference!
There have been a lot of times this year when that thanksgiving has truly been a "sacrifice of praise," offered in faith. We've scraped the bottom of the barrel a few times. There were days when my faith was definitely stretched to the wondering point...and yet He has been faithful and provided all that we need and a little bit more.
Turns out that bookkeeping was an unexpectedly great way to end 2011! All this recording of need and supply has reminded me that I can trust Him with all the blank pages ahead....
The Bible declares 42 times that, "The faithful love of the Lord endures forever!"
I don't know what adventures all those blank calendar pages hold. I've lived long enough to know that there will be unexpected challenges that I might even dread if I knew the details. I've also learned that I'm guaranteed there will be knock-your-socks-off blessings recorded on those pages. Above all, through all, and in all, is the Love of One Who is Faithful. On every page.
May you be blessed with a peaceful confidence that He will be with you, supplying all your needs, in the New Year. Body, soul, and spirit. He is good and His faithful love endures forever!
I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for your
unfailing love and faithfulness
for all your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
Though I am surrounded by troubles...
The Lord will work out his plans for my life--
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Psalm 138:1-2, 7-8