What to forget from 2010?

by | Jan 9, 2011 | Mom Devotionals | 3 comments

So, 2010 has been quite a year. Amazing, challenging, disheartening, and exhausting in many ways.

Here are a few words of 2010:


Health Care Reform

Chilean Miners

The Duggers

Haiti earthquake


Silly bands


Personally, there are probably things you’d really like to remember from 2010. For me, it was summer vacation with my family and attending the ACFW conference in Indianapolis. I want to remember watching my graduate students get their diplomas, my oldest child starting middle school, and family hikes to the top of Roan Mountain. I want to keep the last conversation I had with my grandmother as clear in my memory as I can.

And though vampires seem to drink up all the good publicity at the movies, some of the top ranked films of 2010 don’t have one toothy undead among the lot. Toy Story 3 and Inception were at the top of many lists.

But there are things from this year that became annoying:

Lindsay Lohan

Teen mom fiasco

Kate Gosselin

Bieber hair

Reality T.V.

Personally, the greatest hurt of 2010 was the death of my beloved grandmother. I just miss her.

There are lots of things to remember, but what I really want to know is –

What will you choose to forget in 2010?

One of the greatest hindrances to truly living your life in 2011 is holding on to hurts and anger from 2010. God calls us to something MUCH bigger than that. Something that goes against the fibers of our selfish natures.

He calls us to forgive. To start with clean slates. To be the ones who do the unthinkable – FORGIVE!

Psalm 90 is a fabulous chapter to help us start off a new year with the PROPER perspective. Today and Wednesday, I want to talk a little about it, but here is something to remember.

This Psalm reminds us of who God is and what He’s done.

It reminds us of who WE are and what we’ve done.

Verse 12 says “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Becoming aware of the frailty of humanity , of the fleeting moments, of the wasted anger, self-pity, and worry and placing those things under the light of God’s eternity is a powerful thing.

They are so small – and we make them soooo big.

With God’s help, what will we choose to FORGIVE and FORGET from 2010? We have the choice and God gives the ability.

Any best and/or worst memories of 2010?

Any you need to forget?


  1. Keli Gwyn

    I’m sorry you lost your beloved grandmother last year, Pepper. Someone so dear leaves a gaping hole in our hearts. I’m glad you have many wonderful memories of her to help you through the darkest days when you’re missing her most.

    I have many wonderful memories of 2010. Our college daughter got her first car, moved off campus into her first apartment, and changed her major from one that drained her to one she thoroughly enjoys. My hubby and I are adjusting to the Empty Nest and enjoying this chapter of our lives. I was able to attend both the RWA and ACFW conferences, where I met my agent and many wonderful writer pals like YOU in person. I completed a major rewrite of my story, and my awesome agent sent it out on submission in the fall. The Lord blessed me with an additional critique partner who has become a treasured friend. Yes, 2010 was a good year for me and my family.

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Keli.
      YOu are so sweet.
      And happy to hear your 2010 was fabulous.
      Wasn’t it GREAT to get to have real people to hug at ACFW?!? It was so great ot meet you!

  2. Casey

    Great post Pepper. I liked what you said about letting go of 2010 so we can look to 2011. Very wise words.


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