Conntecting the Dots

Highlights from 2010

I’m gettin’ ready to kiss 2010 goodbye. Here are some highlights it held:

  • The birth of our third grandchild, Caleb Matthew.

    Grandma Grace and Caleb

  • Watching our other grandchildren’s personalities develop and enjoying building relationships with them.
  • Our youngest daughter boomeranged home to attend university.
  • Our son-in-law landed a job that pays more and provides more fulfillment than the previous one. Our daughter’s online ministry to women using the natural family planning method grew.
  • Our son graduated from university and found a job he enjoys.
  • In partnership with Stonecroft Ministries, we produced a 7-part teaching DVD based on Moving From Fear to Freedom, to be released in the spring of 2011 with an accompanying study guide.
  • Hubby and I taught parenting and marriage workshops in Poland and the Ukraine.
  • Hubby and I shared the podium at one-day FamilyLife marriage conferences.
  • Ministered to young adults living with HIV/AIDS in Romania.
  • Ministered at an evangelistic family camp in Poland.
  • Trained several dozen Canadian and American volunteers for cross-cultural evangelism.
  • Enjoyed two interviews with Dennis Rainey and Bob LePine on FamilyLife Today.
  • Saw God provide our financial needs through faithful donors.
  • I underwent a personal stretch by taking training to launch into speaking at corporate events in 2011.

It does the heart good to look back and see God’s faithfulness. As I reflect, I see where He’s been faithful through the challenges, too…

  • Cancer struck nearly 10 close friends and family members.
  • Our basement flooded three times.
  •  My neck developed arthritic spurs and I now live in constant pain.
  • Our daughter’s car was vandalized twice.
  • Two book proposals were rejected.
  • Hopes for a restful getaway were dashed several times by family emergencies or ministry scheduling conflicts.

All in all, 2010 was filled with blessings, challenges, and personal growth. I anticipate more of the same in 2011. The specifics are anyone’s guess, but I know the details rest in God’s hands. Proverbs 31:25 describes the attitude with which I want to approach the New Year and whatever it brings: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

I pray this verse describes your outlook, too.

What were some of your highlights for 2010? How have you seen God’s faithfulness?

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