Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I have never been much of a New Year’s resolution person. Maybe it is because I am afraid of failing or fearful of the challenges a resolution might produce (more fear). However, I am a big fan of new beginnings. I love waking up in the morning knowing God gives me another chance to strive to be the woman He has been molding me to be all my life. I took God’s grace for granted for a very long time. 2009 has been a year of many challenges for a lot of people - my family included. We have dealt with conflicts at work and home, we have experienced illness and death, money is not as plentiful as in years past. It has been a tough year but it has been a year of growth as well.

A few thoughts on what I learned in 2009…

FORGIVENESS - Through God’s grace, He has led me to forgive ones that have hurt me. I have also asked for forgiveness for my actions that may have caused them pain. I had no idea forgiveness would be such a healing act. Through forgiveness I have been able to renew my relationship with my sister. (I have hopes for more reunions in time) It is wonderful to have a sister again. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

TRUST – My sweet brother Jody has had a tough 44 years of life but 2009 has brought him new obstacles. He has been hospitalized for over 3 months in very serious condition. I have spent many days with him wondering what is keeping him alive. Why doesn’t God take him to his heavenly home? Other days, like today, I come home feeling encouraged by what I see. It is difficult for me to watch my pure hearted brother suffer. He is so brave and I am very proud of him. As I watch Jody struggle, I realize God is teaching me to trust His timing. I know it is perfect, even for Jody. “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:1-2

JOY"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   2009 had a few challenges. I have hope that 2010 will be a year of good health and blessings for my loved ones. Reality is that there will always be bad days and even some bad years. Unfortunately pain is a part of living in this sinful world. In 2010 I want to be joyful always. God tells me that there will not be a perfect set of circumstances in this life but I can always have joy through Jesus Christ. It is my choice. Without Jesus, I have no joy. 2010 here I come!

I think I just made a New Year’s resolution… Now if I could just resolve to do something about my weight! -_-

I hope you have a JOYFUL 2010!!