Posts Tagged New Year
Two Thousand Fifteen is not only the New Year, but probably the number of times I resolved to do ALL that I have been CALLED to do. Scripture says, “He who knows my will and does not do it will be beaten with many stripes.” I am a witness that obedience is better than sacrifice.
If there is one thing I have learned in the past year, it is the value of TIME and the cost of wasting it. I now understand the importance of maximizing every moment and that every breath is sacred. Beloveds, life is precious—it is a gift from God and it deserves URGENT care. We are here for a season and reason—not just to take up space. The loss of one of my seed, abruptly reminded me of my purpose and helped me to understand “to whom much is given—much is required.” .
For many reasons, 2015 is the year of my resolve to DO and to BE the absolute best I can for God’s Kingdom purposes. I resolve this day, that there will be no more “False Starts” or “Incompletes,” I vow to finish EVERY course in GOD’s Plan for my life.
I thank you Father for one more chance to get it right. Thank you for one more “New Beginning.”
I THANK YOU GOD, FOR MY LIFE!!
But the centurion . . . commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some, on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. (Acts 27:43-44)
What a trip!! We traveled through contrary winds, hurricanes, storms and tornadoes. We maneuvered political upheaval, a rocky economy, troubles, trials and tragedies. We came over hills of confusion, mountains of fear, came running, walking and shedding tears, with songs in our hearts and prayers in our souls we came. Yes, that’s how we made it to 2013.
Admittedly, sometimes, life’s voyage was rough and rocky. We lost sight of the sun and stars and the ability to navigate our way. But God was faithful and true to His Word to never leave or to forsake us.
The Apostle Paul weathered many storms, and discovered some storms are worse than others and despite a relationship with the Lord, it is possible to lose hope. Frightened and frustrated, we grab hold of any means available, for self-preservation and sanity. Despite contrary winds, the play of the elements, and poor helps, we have arrived at 2013. We have reached another year at last, though hardly in the way we imagined.
But my questions to you and to me are: Now that we’ve made it safely to 2013, what will we do with the Gift of another year? What did we learn from 2012—about ourselves and more importantly about the God of the Gift of life?
2012 taught me that God is a mighty good Captain and while I suffered many losses, I survived many “Almosts” — almost giving up, almost “losing my mind,” almost “turning back” and almost “throwing in the towel.” Just in time (like the Prodigal Son), I came to myself and remembered God’s promises, rested in His Words of hope, and found comforting peace in His presence.
2013 finds me eternally grateful for another day above ground. Although many I dearly love are no longer here to share this time with me, I believe I am here for reasons known only to my “first love” – the One who knew me from my mother’s womb. I have placed Him at the helm of my heart and my life and I am determined, no matter the circumstances, to unreservedly trust Him. Because this one thing I know, and know that I know — come what may — God will take care of you!!
Prayer for 2013: Father, we humbly ask that you will watch over us as we navigate life’s stormy seas. We pray that you would draw us nearer as we reach for you in all our ways, for the rest of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Strength for your journey
Light for your way
Healing for your hurts
Hope in your despair
Comfort in your fears and
Laughter in your tears.
I pray God’s Love will draw you ever nearer;
Empower you to see Him clearer and enable you to
Love Him even more than you loved at first.
To the end that your peace will be Perfect and
your faith will never fail.
And so, I leave you with a Scripture that daily Blesses me in my walk with the Lord. It will benefit you to memorize it and hide it in your own heart in the challenging days to come. It is found in the third chapter of the Book of Proverbs, verses 5, 6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
May God’s Grace and Favor rest upon you with every precious breath. Now and always. For Jesus’ Christ’s sake, I pray. Amen
“And he that sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new . . . .” Rev. 21:5 (KJV)
I never anticipated being so Blessed in the winter of my life when I honestly considered retirement. Instead, I have wonderful feelings of expectancy — of beginning anew — only wiser, stronger, and better. Maybe this is how Caleb felt in his 85th year when he said, “Give me this mountain.” No, I am nowhere near 85, but I’ve done a lot of living, been many places, and seen many things.
I always thought I was the perfect Christian, but it was not until God removed all the perks and props and brought me to my knees, that I really began to “see the Lord High and Lifted Up.” I learned that when you have nothing left but God, you discover that God is enough. With every trip to my knees I arose more trusting in the God who truly “knows my frame.”
I don’t know why God spared my life another year when many I loved and who loved me, passed on. I just know, I thank God for letting me live on, when I thought I wanted to die. Today (December 31) is my birth day and I thank God for every nano second of the gift of life, and for every precious day above ground. I praise Mahatma Gandhi, who in his wisdom has said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Today begins a brand new day to “Be” — free of worry, regret, guilt, hate and self-absorption. I have been Blessed with a new day to live without apology — with precious time to live with gratitude, courage, hope, love, discernment, vision and faith. For years, I preached God’s Word — I will spend the rest of my days Being God’s Word!