boulders-336523_640Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizph and Shen. He named it Ebeneezer saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” ~ 1 Samuel 7:12

I love the start of a new year: clean schedules, new goals, hopes for the coming year. It reminds me of the feeling I got as a child when seeing the first flowers after a hard winter. Something new is coming.

I am looking forward to 2015 and I am at the edge of my seat waiting to see what God has in store for the new year: the hardships, blessings, struggles and joys I will see.  I don’t know about you but I am excited. Why?

Because thus far the Lord has helped me.

In the past five years I have seen some of my greatest heart breaks but also some of my greatest joys. God has led me though some dark times but he never left me. Every success, every failure, every gift, and every grief has brought me closer to Him. Closer to His heart. Closer to His purpose for my life.

As I get ready to jump into 2015 with the anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve, I am not naive enough to assume the road will always be smooth, every day filled with happiness, or every dream come true. But I do know that I can jump forward with confidence because no matter what the future holds. God is with me. He promises so in His word. (Deut 31:8, Joshua 1:9) But also, I know because all I have to do it look back at 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and so on. Thus far the Lord has helped me. Thus far the Lord has helped you.

He who began a good work in you…in me… will be faithful to complete it. (Phil. 1:6)

Look back on your own year. Where do you see God’s hand at work? Set up that memory as an Ebeneezer. Write it on a card, stick it on your mirror, and read it daily. That way, no matter what you face this year, you can look at that card and remember that God has been with you. He is still with you. Do not be discouraged, do not be afraid. He’s got this too.

If you feel comfortable to comment what an Ebeneezer from 2014 is for you please add it to the comments. I’ll start.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tarinoel
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 13:01:48

    The Lord led us to stop homeschooling after 6 years and led us to the perfect school situation for us. I am not say that there haven’t been bumps but again and again I can see how God is using this situation for good. It has been amazing to walk through this trusting God.

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  2. Grace Garner
    Jan 25, 2015 @ 22:46:28

    I was fearful to return back to part time work with two young children. After being reminded to “Fear Not” I was able to move forward and commit to teaching evening classes two nights a week. Not long after, I was again stressing about the situation before the semester even began. Then, I was left in limbo when I found out my class size was only at 5 students and would not likely make. God reminded me that if I didn’t appreciate what He gives me, it can easily be taken away. So after stressing, being humbled and then miraculously having my class fill up to the required class size I am back at work with a better appreciation of God’s opportunities. (And the work is manageable!)

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