It’s getting close to the new year as I write now. It’s as good a time as ever to look back, take stock, sit with Jesus, and ask where He’d like me to grow, to focus, or to challenge myself in this next season of my life. It’s good for us all to do that. On a regular basis. My desires for this past year were deep: to grow in knowing the heart of my Father as I never have known it before and to become stronger. In every way. Here’s the encouraging thing: I believe those desires flowed straight from His heart. I still do. That’s the thing about asking Him what He wants for you and asking what it is that you really desire. The two meet. And knowing it’s His desire as well as your own provides the fuel to press on when the exuberance of beginnings wears off.