For many years, I had been including “a more intimate relationship with the Lord” as a faith goal as I start each year. I wanted the same passion and excitement, if not more, in our relationship as I had when I was a new Christian. 2018 was no different; I listed many faith goals with “a more intimate relationship with the Lord” as one of them.
We are now six days short of ending 2018 and I can say that I may not have gotten many of my faith goals (yet!) but 2018 is a very special year because now, I can (again) truly say, “Jesus, you are my ALL.” This did not come overnight. It came through one year’s worth of celebrations and challenges. God had to allow me to go through the depths of life to experience this high that I have right now with Jesus. My soul cannot magnify enough the goodness of the Lord!
I have a deeper understanding of who Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of my faith, my Redeemer, my best friend, and lover of my soul. He knows my comings and goings both now and forevermore, and even my most intimate thoughts. People can try to second guess me but Jesus alone knows my innermost heart.
Yet, while Jesus is my ALL (and now, I understand why our pastors say that after salvation, everything else is just a bonus), I also know that He is a promise keeper, one who will give me the desires of my heart if I abide in Him (remember THAT bag?). All of God’s promises are already an AMEN in Jesus. While I may not see anything in the temporal, God is already working in the spiritual and so I walk by faith and not by sight.
Thank you, Jesus, for 2018. You are my ALL. Continue reading “2018 Year Ender”