1 Chronicles 16:8
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.”
I want to start of this blog post by thanking God! I praise God for everything that has happened in the last 525,600 minutes (1 year) of my life and for the gracious gift of gospel. I lift up praises to God for His gift of salvation through the life and death of Jesus Christ. Even though I was broken and a child of wrath, Jesus came down from heaven and lived a perfect life and died in my place, so that I can have a personal relationship with God. Jesus’s perfect sacrifice brought me from death to life, from separation to reconciliation. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Measuring a Year
While I’ve never seen the musical Rent, one of its popular songs comes to mind during this time of the year. During the song, “525,600 Minutes,” the actors question how to measure a year of your life. They suggest measuring a year in a myriad of ways: daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, miles, laughter, truths you’ve learned, times you’ve cried, love…
As I reflect on 2016, it is amazing to think about all the adventures I’ve had in only a year’s time. In January of 2016, I prayed for God to give me a Christian community in Raleigh, and a way to glorify and serve Him. God answered that prayer, and so many more.
2016 was a year of writing. I filled four journals with prayers, devotions, and memories, and published 15 blog entries to share what I was learning in my walk with Christ and throughout my summer discipleship program (City Project) with the Summit Church. This weekend I have been looking through last year’s prayers and devotions to reflect on the highlights of the last year.
Here are a few of my highlights from 2016 that I would like to share with my readers: