1 I thank God for the challenges I experienced this year.
I kind of had a wrestling match with God. This was the year where I
hit rock bottom and then some. I could even go farther to say that I
was dug in a deep pit. How many of you know that God, most of the
time, uses a circumstance to teach his people difficult life lessons? I
could say I learned the hard way. I thank God for these lessons.
Proverbs 3:11-12 says: My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he
loves, as a father the son he delights in.
As difficult as life was for me this year; I smile because I know God
has put me through these situations ultimately because He…
2 I thank God for real friends.
It is easy to get friends in good times. But real friends emerge in
pressing and trying times. I thank God I have friends that constantly
remind me who I am and what I should be. They who rebuke me openly.
Them whom I’ve opened my life to.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says: Two are better than one, because they have a
good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can
help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help
them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how
can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend
themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
To my friends who stood with me in trying times: Kudos to you! May God
bless you as much as He can!!!
3 I thank God that He is true when He said that He will prosper the
work of my hands.
Deuteronomy 30:9 says: Then the Lord your God will make you most
prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your
womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord
will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he
delighted in your ancestors
Indeed God prospers the works of my hand. Whether it be my job, my
finances, my craft. You have to experience it first-”hand” to know
what I’m talking about.
4 I thank God for gift of writing
I started this year with a post titled “How to start the year right.”
The first few words in that was a bible verse. Through God’s help, I
was able to keep this blog alive. My hope and prayer is that while I
continue to use this gift, I’d be able to: first, honor God; and
second, inspire people to do the same.
5 I thank God for family/families
Exodus 20:12 tells us to: Honor your father and your mother, so that
you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
You see, even at the early years of humanity, God already placed honor
within the family. I thank God for making my family intact and
In this light, I also say a prayer to those who have broken families.
God is a God of restoration; whatever was broken, will be made whole
again. I also pray for those who have lost a loved one this year. If
you are one of them, I pray that you will be comforted by God in
whichever area of your life you need it.
To those who have just started a family. I smile at you guys and I say
another prayer for you. May God be the center of your family.
6 I thank God for (my) Spiritual family/families
In Ephesians 4:1-6 Paul wrote this: As a prisoner for the Lord, then,
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be
completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in
love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the
bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were
called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one
baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all
and in all.
I have been part of a spiritual family that is dynamic, growing and
full of life. I Thank God for you guys! It’s more fun having this walk
with you all. I pray that God blesses you as much as He can!
7 I thank God for the gift of music
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 narrates: After consulting the people,
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for
the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army,
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the
men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they
I’m not an arms-personnel. I don’t have guns nor any ammo for them.
What God gave me though is more powerful than any type of weapon. I
never even thought God could ever use a guy like me. In this life, I
will continue to make music for God’s glory. When the time comes that
I’d meet my maker, this is one of the things that I’m able to take
with me. I pray Lord that you enable me even as I age to make music
for You. I know it is not about the notes that I play but only about
I sing again!!!! Your love endures forever!
8 I thank God for His love
His unending, unfailing, relentless, stubborn, enduring, amazing,
breath-taking, awesome, powerful love. I can never comprehend why You
choose to give it to me. I am not worthy to taste this kind of love
nevertheless You lavish me with it! Thank you LORD!
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my
unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be
removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
9 I thank God for closure
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of
Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the
surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I
have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes
from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the
righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at
my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to
have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win
the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I’m not perfect. Not yet. I thank God that as I spend the last hours
of 2012, I enjoy the benefits of a clear mind, of a clear conscience,
of a debt free life, of forgiveness, and most of all, of love
10 I thank God for preparation, hope and new beginnings
Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of
old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do
you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and
rivers in the desert.
Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies
never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is
your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”