Newsletter December 28, 2010
Looking back on 2010
As we reflect on the experiences and events of 2010, what is it you remember most? What successes milestones or memories do you treasure? What you hold dear from 2010 may be something material, but most likely what’s in your heart and mind will be much more meaningful and valuable than mere possessions. The best blessings in life most of the time has nothing to do with wealth or worldly goods.
Maybe there were places you went that impacted your life in an amazing way---Places you visited that were beautiful or where you shared sweet memories with family or friends. Maybe there were special moments you’ll always remember---a wedding, birth of a child, graduation, a particular accomplishment, or some other occasion that transformed your life. Also as you looked back this past year, I’m sure there times you experienced with God in prayer and worship that you recall with joy.
Our God loves to fill our lives with those special glimpses His care, power and presence. He does this so we can have the treasures of hope and faith to cling to when difficulties comes our way. We can look at these times and think of how faithful God is to bless, lead and teach us. You can see this in the life of King David, who wrote, “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.” Ps. 145:3-5.
As you look back at 2010 what are some treasures you can think of that will encourage you when you feel downcast or trials that require faith or courage.
Think about the special times you grew in your relationship with the Lord, learning more about His loving ways He works in your life. These may the result your quite times in Bible study and prayer, but there are many ways the Father may reveal Himself to you.
God has allowed me to travel several places this year; one of the places was the mountains of Haiti, as I looked over the wonderful land I was overwhelmed by the sense of God’s awesome presence and power. It was a moment that I will always remember. The thought came to me, GOD, don’t ever let me forget this. You created all this and I cannot even begin to imagine the wonderful things You can do in the lives of Your children.
Think of some Scripture verses that has in a powerful way the Lord has encouraged you. In your seeking God, He’s most likely been speaking to you through HIS WORD, and there are most likely some very special passages that you have come to love. One of my favorites is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Anytime I’m to make a decision or face a burden I can’t understand, I’ll say this verse. The principle in this passage always keeps me in the right direction.
2010 has been a very challenging year for many people spiritually, emotionally, and even economically. For some, the difficulties helped them break free from sinful habits. For others, their faith grew greatly because they had no other choice but to trust in God---and He proved O so faithful.
So what did God teach you in 2010? How did you grow in your relationship with Him? So write down some of the priceless blessings God has given you, put your list in a place where you can find it. Then, whenever you feel discouraged dig it out read what you’ve written. Think about the awesome things God has done in your life. Meditate on them and place them in your heart again. God has worked so powerfully in the past, and He will surely do it again. Trust in Him and learn from all He showed you in 2010, because that will help 2011 a great and joyful year.
Elaine and I praise God for all your faithful prayers, gifts, and support, without them we could not do God’s work. We have great hope for all God will do in and through us in 2011, revealing Himself to us in greater ways, working powerfully through our partnership to lead people worldwide in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our prayer is that God will bless you greatly in 2011 as you walk with Him.
Sam and Elaine Simpson
Global Outreach Missions