2008 was a good year for me. It seemed that everyone was calling it a year of a new beginning. I decided to call it my year of healing. And it was just that. Broken relationships were healed with friends that I hadn’t spoken to in years. I also underwent a successful knee operation. Things are better than they ever were before. 2008 ended even better than it started.
I was a little perplexed at different churches I’d worshiped at during the month of December. It seemed that people couldn’t wait for 2008 to end. Granted the economy is worse than I’d ever experienced in my lifetime, but the amount of blessings that I encountered are so much greater. For the first time, I found it difficult to say good-bye to a year. 2008 was really good to me.
I am expecting 2009 to be a great year, but on a different level. It is going to be a year of hard work and transitioning. Transitioning in the sense that I’ll be a new wife in just a little over two months. I’ll be learning how to share everything—finances, life decisions, time, and ministry in ways that I never have. I’m excited about it, but I know it’s going to take some work. I can be a pretty stubborn individual, but I’ve learned that love makes me want to work through my stubbornness…sometimes (smile).
This year will also require more work academically. I’m excited to be taking homiletics this quarter, which is the area that I hope to earn a doctorate in later. There are also several ministry classes that I will be taking, which will serve as the meat and potatoes of what I’ll need for ministry. I’m expecting this to be my favorite year in seminary. Finally, I’ll get to take classes that are actually connected to the things that I’m passionate about. I’m not interested in dry academic stuff—give me the practical stuff. Show me how to do ministry better.
So 2009 will be a year of God equipping me for ministry. Everything that I’ve experienced before has prepared me for this. Now, I have to go higher.
“…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” ~Eph. 6:15