I've made them; oh yes I have. I've broke them; oh you better believe it!
And yet... He loves me. He loves me. He loves me just the same.
The truth is, I fail all the time. I start off the day with good intentions...
I'm going to read your word Lord!
I'm going to talk soft and kind to my kids Lord!
I'm going to submit to my husband Lord!
I'm going to eat salad and fruit and veggies and stay far away from those cookies and chips!
I'm going to do something kind for someone else.
I'm going to speak words of praise, instead of grumbling and complaining.
Most days, I've failed before the clock strikes 9am!
Why am I such a failure Lord? Why can't I keep my commitments? Why can't I please you in every area of my life? Why do I constantly fall short of my checklist of what I need to accomplish?
His response? Because you are not Me. I made you to glorify and proclaim my Name, not be Me. I know you will fail, but I still Love you. My grace is sufficient for each trial, each testing, each failure and each triumph.
You are meant to worship me in it all, my child! I created you to glorify and proclaim my name unto the generations. I made you to shine me, not you. I made you to rise up and be triumphant over sin, but only in my name.
So, dear reader, as you reflect on the past year, 2010... was it a good one? I'm sure it had its share of joys and deep heartache too!
Does God appreciate our resolutions? I don't think so. Does God appreciate daily dying to self and submitting our control over to Him? Oh yes He does!
Minute by minute.
Worshiping and glorifying His name.
Especially in the trials and hurts of life. He wants us to:
SEEK HIM FIRST.
FOR HIM TO BE OUR ALL IN ALL.
FOR US TO BE OBEDIENT EVEN WHEN WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.
That's the hardest, isn't it? Trusting and waiting, when we don't see the big picture.
We don't know what 2011 holds for us, but we do know one thing... if we walk close to our Savior, He will never, ever let us down!
Set aside YOUR CHECKLIST for the new year... and ask Him to write it on your heart!
Happy New Year friends! You mean so much to me. Let us continue to provoke one another unto good works that please His Holy name. He deserves our everything, not our leftovers.
Matthew 6:33: "Seek ye first, the kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body." 2 Corinthians 4 7-11
Children can teach us a lot about life... like making time for play. Remember when your days were like the breeze, with no responsibilities or worries? Each day flowed into the next with warmth and excitement.
How can we (us serious adults, he hum) make time for some play?
1. Make time for laughter- the kind that makes your belly hurt and your cheeks sore.
2. Make time for hugs and kisses- the kind that lingers and makes your heart warm.
3. Make time for silly games- the sillier the better.
4. Make time for some make-believe- sit on the floor with your children and fly away to castles.
5. Make time for a whole lot of nothing- it's okay to do nothing... every once in awhile.
6. Make time for some fun- do something you really enjoy today.
7. Make time for chatting it up with some girlfriends- schedule a girl's night out.
8. Make time for staying in your pajamas- all day long!
9. Make time for some dancing and singing- life is too short not to!
10. Make time for enjoying the simple things- simplicity sets our soul free to be joyful about each blessing!
"Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abounding as the grace that has flowed into your life?" - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Colossians 3:16: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
We all know that exercise is good for our body; but more importantly, it is good for our mind!
I generally do NOT like exercising.
9/10 I don't look forward to it.
I argue with myself for quite sometime about the whole ordeal. It is pretty humorous.
Do you have the same argument with yourself?
Give yourself a gift this Christmas! Make time to exercise. Just 20-30 minutes, 3-5 times a week.
You will be happier.
Your family will thank you.
You will thank you.
Your mind will thank you.
“Exercise may be the most underrated and yet the most important behavioral strategy to recommend to clients. Walking is so easy, yet few people realize its importance. A 20-minute walk three times a week is beneficial to health in many ways. Aerobic exercise can produce substantial improvement in mood in patients with major depressive disorders in a short time.”
1. Exercise eases the negative symptoms of anxiety and depression.