Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places...something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander. 

Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on our behalf. 

Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness we could never attain to on our own. 

And thank You not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of Your power and strength. 

Thank You, God, for all that You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good. 

Thank You, finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You—and a personal relationship with You—possible.  Amen. 

Cindi McMenamin is a pastor's wife, Bible teacher, national speaker and author of several books, including Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When Women Walk Alone, When You're Running on Empty and When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts. For more on her ministry or for free resources to strengthen your soul or marriage, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Publication date: November 15, 2012