My wife, Jenn and I have been doing this since 1997.  And it has been so overwhelming…

December 30, together with our kids, we listed down our top 10 (and more) things we were thankful to God for 2011 – from the most trivial to the bigger ones.

It has been a helpful activity for our family.  It is so easy to list down the things we don’t have rather than those that we do.  It comes naturally to think of the bad things that happened the past year rather than the good ones.  This activity focuses on the goodness of God.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Ps. 34:8)

After listing down the things we were thankful to God, we then started writing down our faith goals.

As Pakii Pierce defines it, “A faith goal is a goal set in hope and based on things unseen.”

In other words, what are some of the things you are believing God for to provide, restore, deliver, fix, reproduce, save in the coming year.

Looking back through the years, God has answer most of our prayer items.
Some of the items He didn’t answer, we were even thankful He didn’t give because He gave something better.
Others, we are still believing God for – like salvation of relatives and friends.

Romans 14:23 says “. . .anything that is not from faith is sin” and Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please [God]. . .”

Happy New Year everyone!

In 2012, let’s taste and see that the Lord is indeed good!