2011 Has Certainly Been The Year of Providence!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 31, 2011

in Our Blog

Cliff's Prayer JournalHere it is, Saturday, December 31st, 2011. It’s the final day of the year and I had decided I that I was going to take it pretty easy until the kids go back to school this coming Tuesday.

When I came down to my studio, a little after 11am today, the only thing I had planned to do was to sit down and answer as many of the 50 or so emails that are sitting in my email inbox. However, before I started on that task, I decided that I would grab my prayer journal and my pen to quickly write to God, thanking Him for how He worked in 2011, “The Year of Providence.”

I sit here at 3pm and I’ve not responded to a single email. Instead, I spent well over two and a half hours writing eighteen pages of content from my heart as I thought about 2011, The Year of Providence.

About half way through, I realized that I would want to share these thoughts with the gspn.tv community. I wish I had the time to actually go through and type each of these words into actual text so that you could simply read them from this blog post. However, I simply don’t have the time to do that at this point. Instead, I took the time necessary to take a photo of each of the eighteen pages with my iPhone, crop them, and turn them into a pdf document that you can download and read if you so desire.

One thing is for sure, for those of you who have been a part of this community for at least a year, you have certainly witnessed all that God has done to bless this Year of Providence. I hope that, if you read this, that you will be just as inspired as I am by all that God had done on our behalf within a single year. It truly is AMAZING!

If you would like to read this entry from my prayer journal, please right-click here to download the pdf document.

How has God provided for you in 2011? What are some of your goals and dreams for 2012? Feel free to leave any comments in the comments section below.

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6 comments
catherinemartin
catherinemartin

Cliff, I loved reading about your Year of Providence and count it such a blessing that I got to meet you at BWE in LA. I loved what you shared about George Mueller and how you trusted God even in the "dark days of Dec 2011" during fearful times. All you've shared encourages me as I begin my "Year of Faith." I have also learned this last year in new ways the need for margin, still working hard & giving "my utmost for His highest", but ultimately trusting in the Lord, rather than relying on my own strength. Thank you for going the extra mile to share your journal because it really blessed me. God bless you and your family in 2012. Happy New Year!

alberthathazi
alberthathazi

Thanks for posting Cliff. Your content is meaningful in so many ways to me.

leannegolan
leannegolan

Wow, Cliff. Thanks for sharing with such openness and transparency. I'm in a time of transition right now and feel the way you did at the end of 2010. Your story encourages me that God will not only continue to be faithful but do far more than I can think or imagine.

Thank you for encouraging, educating, entertaining and inspiring all of us, not only through GSPN but through your life. You helped me take some huge steps forward this past year and I'm grateful. Blessings & a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you & your family!

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@catherinemartin Thank you so much for sharing how this post blessed you. I am so excited to see how God uses our efforts to share our own journey in an authentic way. I love learning from the stories other folks share about their life's journey. It's what draws me to podcasting most.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@alberthathazi Thanks for letting me know that Albert. It has been quite a year and when I look back, I know that I am not responsible for it all. I admit that I worked hard to do the things I felt led to do. But it is amazing just how many things all fell into place, often time in spite of me. ;)

I pray that 2012 is the beginning of something huge for your and The Local Method.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@leannegolan Thanks so much Leanne. Indeed. Stay the course and hold firm to your faith in Him to Provide. It's not always the way we think, but most often is better than what we could have asked for.

Many blessing to you in 2012! Happy New Year!

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