Wow, as I look back over the 2011 I am filled with very different emotions. In some ways it flew by and in some ways it seemed to drag. One of the things that I want to commit to do this year, starting today, is to leave my baggage behind. I want to acknowledge that I have it...deal with it...and leave it at the cross! No need digging up old bones!
Here are a few other things that I want to commit to as I start a new beginning....a journey through 2012!
1. Begin my journey with the Lord
2. Choose my traveling companions wisely
3. Place high value on Wisdom---seek wisdom and understanding in all things!
4. Take ownership for every decision I make
5. Embrace problems as a gift
6. Take life as it comes
7. Love God with all that I am!!!
8. Remember that no matter what happens in my life....I am still responsible to live a life honoring to the Lord and reflect His Glory!
I was reading a book that talked about the different seasons and it ministered to my soul. I thought it would be appropriate to share since we are starting a new year. Hopefully this will minister to you like it did me! No matter what season you may be in right now we can know that we have a GREAT GOD who walks with us and teaches us sweet truths!
WINTER: Time to clear out the deadwood, debris, and stones that will hinder future growth; to mend fences and repair broken machinery; to plan and prepare for the growing seasons. Use winter to prepare...arrange schedule, set goals, research resources...
SPRING: A time of beginnings and fresh hope. You plow the soil, add fertilizer and supplements, plant seeds and irrigate. You care for the fragile shoots that appear, keep the garden free of destructive pests. In the spring of your life, you implement the plans you made in the winter.
SUMMER: In the summer the fields are lush with healthy plants, it is a season for maintenance and protection of what you began in the spring. Don't be lulled into activity because good things are happening.
FALL: You reap what you have sown. You experience and enjoy the benefits of your work. It is a time of gratitude and celebration. It is a time to give back to God and others something of what you have received.
I definitely am in the WINTER season! It is time to start clearing out the obstacles that are hindering my growth...repair what is broken and then prepare for what God has in store for me. It is exciting because I know that if I am faithful to do the hard work now, I WILL eventually see the fruit!
My heart is that I would not waver in my faith and that God would use this to teach me more about who HE is and what HE has called me to!
So as I look back at 2011...I can say... it took me by surprise at times with unexpected twists and turns but I can also say that God has been so sweet to bring perspective quickly and reveal truth and about Himself in the midst of it.
So as I anticipate 2012...I can say...God is going to continue to show Himself faithful!
Happy New Year sweet friends and family!
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