It's New Year's Eve. 2010 has been an amazing year for the Carlin family. While Josh didn't make any more money than in years past(in fact he made less than in 2009), and our house isn't any bigger, we don't have any new cars(or any new used cars, for that matter), and our bank account is still just as small as it used to be...I can still honestly say this was the most awesome year ever. God has been working over time in our little family. He's opened our eyes and our hearts to new things. He has lead us down a completely unexpected path, and has blessed us every minute of our new journey. There is no other place I rather be, than right where God has us at this very moment.
I don't want to give you the impression that this year has been a problem free bed of roses, because it hasn't. We've had our fair share of rough patches. Going through rough patches is very different when you are in the center of God's will though. I'm not minimizing the roughness of the things we've gone through; I am maximizing the goodness of God to see us through those rough patches.
I almost hate for this year to end. But with 2011 come incredible new adventures and the blessings that come with them. After the year we have had this year, I can only imagine what wonderful things the Lord has in store for us for this next year!
My prayer for you, for the new year, is that you will find yourself smack dab in the middle of God's will for your life. That you will follow him radically and without abandon. And that you will experience the amazing peace that comes from knowing that you are loved by the creator of the universe.
2011 is going to rock!