It is hard to believe that 2018 will soon be over and a brand new year will be here. As I look forward to 2019 with a sense of excitement, I want to take the opportunity to reflect back on all that God has done in my life and ministry this past year.
A couple of days ago I came to Psalm 71 in my daily Bible reading. The Psalmist takes time to look back over his life and becomes enthralled by God’s goodness over his many days on earth. As I read through this powerful psalm, I was reminded that God creates each and every person and actually knows him/her before he/she is formed in the womb. Then God sustains us from birth until death.
By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise shall be continually of You. Psalm 71:6 (NKJV)
It is because of God’s sustaining lovingkindness, we can trust Him completely for whatever the future might hold. I found myself praising the Lord when I read these words.
But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)
As I continued reading, I saw where I had written in the margin of my Bible the following words, my prayer at age 71. I had written these words at the beginning of 2018. Here are the words that I had claimed as my prayer at the beginning of this year.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Psalm 71:18-21 (NKJV)
I have been reflecting on this prayer that I prayed 12 months ago and find myself amazed at how God has and continues to miraculously answer it. There is no question that this past year has not been without some difficult valleys that I have had to pass through. However, God has sustained me through every trial and testing and has allowed me to experience some unbelievable mountaintop experiences.
When I think about the phrase do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come, I find myself blown away by the doors of opportunity that God opened up to me during 2018. Here are some of the awesome works that God has done in my life and ministry this year that allowed me to share the message of kingdom education to the current and future generations around the world.
- God has led me to a deeper understanding of kingdom education over the past several months.
- Subscribers to KEM’s weekly blogs has increased significantly throughout 2018.
- Opportunities to travel and conduct seminars and staff inservices increased significantly across the country and even to parts of Australia.
- A series of 32, 30-minute training videos were filmed and edited by a very talented creative team at Word of God Ministries (WOGM) in Shreveport, LA (with more being developed for release in 2019).
- With the help of WOGM, a brand new website for Kingdom Education Ministries rolled out in early 2018. This new website allowed me to share the message of kingdom education more effectively around the world.
- As part of the new website, a subscription side was developed that allowed schools, churches and families to have access to a wide variety of resources at a very low rate. This has led to over 100 subscribers (both schools and families) in five different countries to have access to training that would help them develop a stronger biblical worldview and strengthen their commitment to providing future generations with a biblical worldview education.
- New opportunities to join with other individuals and organizations developed and continue to become available which has allowed the message of kingdom education to have a wider impact throughout the world.
- Mentoring opportunities have begun with some godly young leaders in an effort to provide Kingdom Education Ministries with ongoing leadership.
There is no question in my mind that none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for God’s blessing and provision. Because of God’s awesome work, I agree with the Psalmist.
Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? Psalm 71:19 (NKJV)
God has placed a greater burden on my heart to develop more resources that will allow many more homes, churches and schools worldwide understand kingdom education. Who knows how many subscribers to KEM’s subscription website will be added to the growing numbers during the new year. I believe that thousands of parents, church leaders and educators will be equipped through these resources and be better able to provide future generations with a biblical worldview education.
If anyone would have asked me what 2018 would be like last January, I wouldn’t have come close to imagining what God would allow me to be a part of. So as I look forward to 2019, I do so with a spirit of thanksgiving and excitement.
I pray that everyone who reads this week’s blog will have a blessed and Christ-filled Christmas with family and friends. I will be taking a couple of weeks off of writing to spend time with my family and celebrate the reality of Emmanuel – God is with us! I look forward to connecting with you in 2019! Merry Christmas!!