My wish for you in 2008 is that you may have more laughter than tears, more patience than intolerance and hurry, more smiles than frowns, more joy and happiness than pain, more forgiveness than bitterness, more love than hate.
I also wish for you: an abundance of happy memories; a thirst for knowledge; eyes that appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature; a spirit that sees the best in people; the thrill of a major accomplishment; a healthy heart, mind, body, and soul; a desire to be a better person; the joy of friendship and love; the satisfaction of a job well done; the gift of forgiving past hurts; and a heart open to accept the love of God.
May God touch your heart in 2009 to love more sincerely, give more generously, speak more carefully, live more compassionately, trust more completely, forgive more willingly, praise Him more heartfully, and proclaim Him more boldly. May you love without limits, praise without boundaries, live without fear, walk in grace, take more risks, spread more joy, and laugh more often.
Deuteronomy 10:21 – He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. Numbers 6:24-26 – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
For 2010: May you be awakened to the arms of Christ surrounding you, the love of Christ uplifting you, the peace of Christ filling you, the words of Christ guiding you, and the scars of Christ comforting you. May you laugh often, forgive often, repent much, pray much, give more, believe more, love always, and praise always.
May you cherish the moments big and small, may you hear the whispers of His call. May you praise His goodness through the good and bad, may you remember His love through the happy and sad. May you share the blessings you have and will receive, may you always be thankful for the choice to believe. Stop for a moment to pause and reflect, look and listen for God as you never fail to expect.
1 Samuel 12:24 – Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
In 2011, may you realize the love surrounding you, the grace enabling and directing you, the forgiveness cleansing you, the joy filling you, and the miraculous all around you. May your thankfulness be ever-present and your praise always heartfelt. May you find the joy in small moments and simple things. May every trial become part of your ministry, message, and worship.
In 2012 … may you have a year filled with more. More smiling, praying, believing, relaxing, enjoying life, enjoying family, sharing, enduring, exploring, love, laughing, playing, singing, dancing, patience, stepping out into the unknown, praising, wisdom, giving, hope, courage, strength, joy. More knowing that the love of God is unconditional and true! May you be filled with more/so much of God so there is no room for fear, doubt, or condemnation.
Blessing for 2013: May your heart be filled with compassion instead of anger, obedience instead of rebellion, praise instead of anxiety, and hope instead of fear. May you awaken each day to know the joy that comes from basking in the unconditional love of God.
Deuteronomy 10:21 – He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
My prayer for you in 2014 is that your fruit may be more fully developed (Gal 5:22-23): May you love without rules and restrictions. May joy be your constant companion, no matter what the circumstances. May you be a master and maintainer of peace. May you stand strong and confident in the midst of every trial, hard moment, and battle. May your words be less biting/critical and more encouraging. May you become a more generous person as you realize your purpose and potential. May you never waver in knowing and believing in the ever present, unconditional, full love of God. May you create (more) opportunities to enjoy laughter and fun. May you learn to appreciate the power of the pause before speaking or acting.
Touch the world around you with His light and love! Esther 4:14b – “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom [your neighborhood, job, etc.] for such a time as this?”
In 2015, may your light become brighter and touch more lives. Let not your light be dimmed or hidden by emotions, circumstances, finances, health, troubles, worry, fear, pain, anger, frustration, eagerness, busyness, bitterness, jealousy, or work. May you always be a positive influence with an encouraging word, a loving touch, a warm smile, and a listening ear. May you inspire people toward the love of God. Light up the world with His love!
Matthew 5:14-16 – You are the light of the world … let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
In 2016, may you be OPEN.
Open to trying new and uncomfortable things.
Open to doing with fewer questions and faster obedience.
Open to saying “no” (as needed) to be available to Him.
Open to believing and dreaming bigger.
Open to trusting more readily and without reservation.
Open to taking the next (scary) step to expand your faith.
Open to thinking differently – more loving and less judging.
Open to unnumbered possibilities, unlimited blessings, unhindered paths, and unconditional love.
Luke 11:9 – So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.