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!!



Sandy said...

Thank you Robyn. You are a joy and I am so thankful for you. This is beautiful writing.
I like the colors on your blog also:-)
Happy New Year my friend.

Carrie said...

You are a joy in my life and a wonderful example of a Christian woman. Not perfect, but trusting always the ONE who is perfect. I love you and give thanks for your friendship daily.

Lea said...

Your writings are so beautiful and heartfelt. I continue to learn many things from you. The peace and joy you feel is very evident from your writings.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010. And wishing we could see you and the family more!
Happy New Year!

remus79 said...

Robyn, what a beautifully written entry. My goal is to always have joy in Christ, despite what the world may be presenting me. God has presented me with the most wonderful and precious gift of Christ Jesus. Joy is always there for us. You are such a wonderful writer. You should seriously consider writing a book of devotions. I think you could do it.
May the peace of God, the love of Jesus, and the strength of the Holy Spirit be with you through out this year.

Rachel Winters said...

Isn't it amazing how when you lead a life in Christ you just never stop learning and growing. I always perceived as a young child that adults had it all figured out. Once you're an adult that's it.... but NOPE. Seems quite the opposite in ways that really count. Love ya! Thank God that He tells us to give it all to Him, right?!