I would definitely say that I have seen God this year in His provision in my life. He has provided for my every need and the blessings have been overflowing. I have all I possibly need and more! I have a fantastic job, I got an amazing condo of my very own (first time I've lived independently!), my car is still running (even though it's going on 11 years old!), and an unexpected year-end bonus made for a VERY fun Christmas! I'm so thankful to God for all of His blessings.
The beginning of 2010 was rough because my husband lost his job of 10 years. He was hired with a new company one month later. So not only did we not have a long term of unemployment in this tough economy, but he had also been severanced for several months. What a blessing! And nothing came as a surprise to God. During that in-between time, I blogged about this at: http://thorn0309.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/why-am-i-surprised-when-god-is-amazing/
But in addition to God’s provision for our family, I have to say that I’ve seen so much growth in Evidence! He has taken our willing hearts and He has been faithful to provide so many opportunities for us to be used in ministry. I’m looking forward to all He’s going to do in 2011!
My new job is a blessing because it reminds me that God has a plan for my life. My life is totally different than it was two years ago--before Evidence and my preschool music job. And even though my schedule can feel crazy sometimes, I am glad that God gave me these opportunities to use this gift of music.
As I reflect on the year 2010, I think of the busy yet productive year that it was. Last year, I got a huge vote of confidence through a promotion at my work, my sweet daughter Anna turned 4, my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary and Evidence celebrated their 1 year anniversary and had a launch concert for an upcoming CD! So many wonderful moments occurred but as I look forward to keep my New Year’s resolutions for 2011, I know of one thing I am especially going to make a commitment to. . .to stop listening.
You may be thinking, Ashlee, that should be a New Year’s resolution you should keep, not dismiss! And yes, while I am making a concerted effort to be a better listener to God, my co-workers, friends and family, I am going to stop listening to one fallen angel.
Throughout the year in 2010 and really my whole life, I’ve heard many lies. . .”you can’t remember anything, you’re not smart, you really can’t sing that well, do you really think you can pull this off?. . .” and believe it or not, I really struggled with these things I was hearing in my head. At times, it caused me to be depressed and even have anxiety.
Recently our pastor at FBCH launched a series on putting on the full armor of God. One of the pieces of that armor is the belt of truth. The voices of discouragement, despair and guilt, those aren’t from the Savior Who created us, loves us and thinks we are so beautiful. . .they are from the devil, who wants nothing but to tear us down spiritually and emotionally.
So, I am making a commitment to listen wholeheartedly to my wonderful Lord and Savior more and by studying my bible more which holds the TRUTH. That’s all I need! Sorry Satan, I guess I just won’t be a good listener to you anymore. . .praise God!
“14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:14-15
How has He worked in YOUR life this past year? Leave us a comment - we love to hear what God is doing!