The New Year!

The dishwasher is playing it’s song.

Only a couple of lights are still burning. And my fingers itch to share all that God has done for me this year.

If you had told me last year—that I would lead and host a retreat for women from (almost) all over—I would have laughed in your face! Yet, it happened.

The States represented? Ohio, Colorado, California, Arizona, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and FLORIDA! (Oh, I hope I didn’t leave someone out!)

These women were hand selected by God–for a purpose! Many will see and know the whys and what’s in 2010!

It all started while on vacation in the sweet mountains of North Georgia in February of this year. I met several sweet blogging sisters (Lori, Julie and Marsha), and it began to build in my heart until I could think of nothing else than getting as many as would come, to meet, learn, grow and worship God together!

Words cannot describe all the miracles we saw leading up to that event! We had the best team of leaders! My sister, Aimee, Susan Baldwin, and Marsha Harwood. PLUS each speaker blessed our socks off with their messages of encouragement and inspiration! My niece, Becky Knight was anointed by the LORD in leading us to worship each time.

Was it tough? YOU BET!

Did the enemy fight us? OH YES!

BUT did GOD WIN??? It was an out of the park hit!

I have never worked harder, but been more rewarded, than for those few days of love, worship and fellowship with sisters of like faith. God was awesome…..and guess what?

There will be another retreat….this October. “Sisters of Faith–To the Ends of the Earth”! (More on that later–but mark your calendar October 8-9, 2010, Marianna, Florida)

What is God up to? Building His army of warriors–encouraging others–and leading those to Jesus Christ who don’t know Him! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the daily battles are so much more fierce than they were even 10 years ago! This is not a time to grow complacent in your daily living!

*We had a new niece this year, “Keira Melanie”, born to my brother and his wife as they diligently serve our country while stationed in Japan. We love and miss them so much!

*Both of our daughters started their own blogs this year. April is “Called 2 Worship” and Tiffany is “My Shoe Full Life“.

*I have been blessed in amazing ways through the Word of God–through things He has shown me—especially in the past few weeks! I will share more on that later.

Let me leave you with just a short word from the Word. Thank you to Lisa Shaw for sharing this Word with me! It has greatly affected my life. (The days I failed to read it—were noticable!)

Psalm 33:18-22 (read the WHOLE chapter aloud–you have no idea how it will bless your DAY)

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in You.”

I cannot tell you what will happen in the next few months…but this I know. HE is preparing a people. He will use those who are willing. Willing. My education level is not on His mind. My ability as a speaker or writer is not on His mind. My willing heart is.

On Facebook tonight, I shared a small passage from a book by Lysa Terkeurst. “We can’t go ahead with God to new and exciting places if we’re spending too much time looking back. We must leave our past behind, draw a line in the sand, and determine to proceed forward with God. As a matter of fact, every time God calls His servants to go to new heights with Him they have to go through a leaving process first.” (from the book, “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith”)

The line in my life—is drawn. My feet are set. Feather in hand (The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson–read it!), and I am laying things aside as He directs me. Much has already been laid aside…but more is to come. My heart-faith and trust is in Him alone.

I’m not making any New Year’s Resolution–Jeff either–he says they never stick. But what I can say is, I will be following closer—and working harder to do MORE in the coming year—until He calls me home. Home.

My plans are to write MORE…Share more–and when He directs me to GO—I will. What He directs me to SAY….I will…This year, 2010, will be a year MORE focused on Jesus Christ–and less on me.

From our family to yours, Happy~and Blessed New Year! May you see GOD MORE in your life as you seek Him with all your heart!

What are YOU seeking HIM for this New Year?

Following Him,

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8 responses to “The New Year!

  • ellen b.

    Happy New Year Angie as you continue to walk with our Savior!!

  • eph2810

    You are right, Angie – our hearts need to be willing, the rest will come from Him and through Him.

    What I seek for 2010? Living fearlessly with His help 🙂

  • LisaShaw

    I SO love you Sister. Thank you for sharing and it's sweet knowing that through the year (2009) the LORD allowed me to up close witness some of the amazing things HE was doing in and through your life. I'm excited about 2010. Happy New Year!

  • Deb

    Your awesome!! Keep going and going, thanks for being such an inspiration to all women:) Blessings to you this New Year:)
    Deb

  • Amy Bayliss

    Angie,

    I so wish I could have been there with you all but I could barely remove myself from the bed much less travel. I have to admit though that it would have absolutely been worth it just to hug you!

    It was great reading about all that is going on in your life. I am so excited for you and I pray that 2010 is an even more amazingly blessed year for you and your family.

    I love you!!!!
    (((BIG hug)))

  • Karen

    Happy New Year to you and your family…you all are such a blessing to me…can't wait to read what you are going to share….

  • Debbie

    I had goose bumps by the time I was done reading! Know that God has used you this evening to inspire and encourage me for the coming year!! Yes, yes and YES to being willing to whatever God is asking of me – thank you so much for putting into words what I was feeling and clarifying it for me.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

  • Marsha

    I can not wait to see what all the Lord has written for each of us this year. Even though I will not be participating this year in the retreat, I will be a mighty prayer warrior.

    I love you my friend.

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