The major things I've learned this year from God are listed below:
~ Finding my value in God's eyes, not man's. I've always been man-fearing (and still am). However, in April, during the youth retreat, I was prophesied over by the wife of my youth pastor. Up until that point I was always looking at myself based on how I THOUGHT others saw me. In my prophesy (I wish I could recite this word for word, but I can't) I was pretty much told that God loves me so much more than anyone could ever hate me, that I was so special and unique and that there was this treasure box in heaven and in it was these jewels and that they were just for me. That treasure box had my name on it, and I would someday be able to open that up. In some ways I feel I've already opened it a little, because I've seen myself as valuable. Not in an arrogant way, but in a way we should see ourselves...made in God's image. Wonderfully and fearfully made! I hope that no matter what the circumstances, I'll never forget the truth that I am special to God and he knows me by name, and He loves me, and that never will he leave me nor forsake me. And that even though he "see the depths of my heart" he still "loves me the same" (Chris Tomlin, Indescribable) Only God could ever love someone that much.
~ See my circumstances as wonderful blessings, no matter how bad they seem. I began learning this later in the year (November) so I still have a LONG way to go. I have done better with some situations than others, but the road ahead is a long one.
~My family was given to me for a reason and they are a blessing. I'm happy to report my relationship with my brothers are much better. Thank you, Lord!
There are so many more, but those are the ones that are huge breakthroughs (the biggest ones being losing some fear of man, and relationships with the brothers)
How about all of you? What did the Lord show you over the year 2005 that especially stands out? Did He answer any long standing prayer requests? Did He remove any doubt about a situation, your faith, etc? Did He call you to do something that you would never think you were capable of doing, or even something you had been praying about and He confirmed it? These aren't questions you have to answers, but maybe take a minute or so to thank Him for all that He has done for you (especially this past year) and will do for you in your future (especially this coming year)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May God bless you greatly.