So Long 2009

Where did the time go? I can’t believe 2009 is over and tomorrow begins a new year.

This past year has been filled with many highs and lows but if I had to choose one to describe the last twelve months I’d definitely say it has been a year of great moments sprinkled with many blessings.

Although our checking account is much smaller now and we no longer live in our beautiful dream house on the lake, our family has witnessed God’s faithfulness in amazing ways.

Our children have thrived at their schools and had accident free sport seasons of football and basketball. We’ve all remained extremely healthy and survived the swine flu epidemic even without getting flu shots. Keith and I have grown closer together and our marriage is stronger than ever before. While my friends have lost family members in 2009, we have lost no one in our immediate or extended family. Yes, I’d say we definitely have a lot to be thankful for.

This morning I sat down and made my New Year’s resolution list. It looks a lot different than last year’s list which consisted of several specific goals I wanted to achieve. Typical things like eating healthier, taking daily vitamins, exercising more, a committed daily time with God, and consistent writing in my blog. I haven’t been so good with the consistent writing though. My resolution list for 2010 looks like this:

1. Asking for God’s will in every situation and not going to Him with my never ending wish list hoping He’d say yes to every request.

2. Thanking God in every situation whether it’s good or bad. It’s taken me some time but I’ve slowly learned that He does work out every circumstance for my good no matter what it looks like at first.

3. Bring glory and honor to God in everything that I do. This will be extremely challenging but I know that all things are possible through Him.

Sure, I still want to eat healthier, exercise, take my daily vitamins, and continue bogging but I know that if I seek Him first then all these practical things will taken care of too.

Now for some wonderful news that I received today. My dad has battled with cancer for the last three years. He was diagnosed with a form of lymphatic leukemia which basically means he develops cancer in his blood which attacks his lymph nodes. This past Summer he went through a radical round of chemo treatments. He returned last week for a thorough pet scan to see if the cancer returned. He called me today and told me that the results shows he’s cancer free!

I have my P31, face book, and W.O.W. friends to thank. I sent out an email to them this morning and within 20 minutes I had almost 30 replies saying “I’m praying for your dad”. Prayer is so powerful and we’ve certainly witnessed this first hand today.

Yes, 2010 is already starting off great. There is so much to look forward to and believe God for. I’d love to know what you’re hoping for in 2010. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? What happened in 2009 that you’re thankful for? How would you describe this past year in a few words?

Happy New Year sweet friends. You have been such a blessing to me and I am so very thankful for each one of you!

Leah

Comments

  1. Why, I was just googling “LeahDipascal.com” and came across your blog. 🙂

    It’s as lovely as you are!

    Big smiles ~ Rachel

  2. Leah,
    I am still rejoicing about the good news for your dad! With both he and Renee getting good reports so close, it’s cause for wild dancing!

    OK…we’re about 1/2 way through the year until She Speaks rolls around again. Is it time to start the countdown yet?

    Amy

  3. I’ve enjoyed reading your post Leah! I always like the end of a year and the start of a new – the reflections are always a joy. I’ve been trying to sum it up in my mind and want to put it all on paper, but haven’t got there yet. For me a few words to describe the year – amazing, overwhelmed by God’s goodness! He made Himself so real and revealed more and more. What a wonderful God we serve! And I’m thankful the year was one that crossed our paths! Blessings to you, Jill

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