2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” NLT
|Payton, Maghen, grandpa,Madie|
This time of year many of us are making resolutions for the new year. Some of them are new, some are old, and many will never happen. Our minds are filled with ambitious ideas of how we want our lives to be. Where we will go, what we will do, who we will love, how we will behave, habits that will be changed, traditions started. Yet many of us will find that our expectations are bigger than our reality. Ok, I admit it. My expectations are much bigger than my reality. It seems that, no matter how hard I try, no matter how much I plan, no matter how often I write it down, I often reach the end of a day, weary of trying to meet my often unrealistic goals.
|Callum & Jacqueline|
As I read over my journal entries and blogs for the past year, one thing became clear. In spite of what I think I didn’t get done, my Abba made sure that all He needed from me was accomplished. In the hidden moments between the chaos, in the quiet of watching a new baby sleep, in the prayers for friends that came frequently to my mind, in the hours spent driving, in the songs my heart sang, in the walks with my sweetheart, in the words I wrote, in the lives I touched, in the tears of joy and anguish, in the darkness of fear, in the laughter of family. In the seconds and minutes and hours and days that I thought I was getting nothing done, He was making sure I got everything done. Everything that was important to Him.
|Roger, Lyric, Jacqueline|
I pondered John 9 this morning during my time with Him. As I started to apologize for all I didn’t do last year, He gently reminded me that He gave me sight when I was blind. That He gave me hearing when I was deaf. That no bad choices made by me or anyone else in my life will be held against me as long as I believe in Him and spend every day doing His will. He pointed out that asking for this year to be better is only saying that anything He did for me last year wasn’t good enough. That just isn’t true. Every single moment of last year was a gift and a blessing for me. Another chance to walk with Him and learn from Him. Every moment another chance to break through the bonds of my past and influence the lives of the next generation.
|grandpa & roger|
My Dearest Adonai, You are my most gracious and awesome Heavenly Father. Each day is a gift to open and explore, reveling in the new minutes and hours You have given me. I pray that I will spend every day of this new year working for Your Good. Working to spread Your Word. Touching the lives of my family in a way that brings glory to You. Let me put aside my wants and selfish desires. Let my whole focus be to do Your will. I pray for my friends and family, my sweetheart and my children, my beautiful grandchildren. I pray for those who haven’t found You yet. Let their darkness be lifted. Let them be lifted up by Your Angels. Let me hear Your Spirit when You whisper Your commands to me. Today is the first day of the rest of a New Year. Thank You for letting me spend time with You this morning. In the name of my wonderful brother, Christ Jesus, Amen