2008 has been so filled with blessings that I spent my entire prayer time this morning recording them in my journal and thanking God for another year of living in His love. My final entries in this particular journal also record my 2009 New Years Resolutions and some of my personal and spiritual goals for the coming year.
A sense of expectation and faith for what God has planned for the next year of this amazing journey called life fills my heart.
Instead of admitting the normal “New Years Resolutions” (you know the ones…loose weight,exercise more, drink fewer White Chocolate Mochas!!) I decided to go a different route and share 3 key messages that I received from the Lord over this past year.
My prayer is that one might encourage or challenge someone who is reading this post and maybe even be a quote that you treasure through the year as I have.
The first one is:
Apprehend that for which you were Apprehended (my very first “Sweet Tea” post April 8, 2008)
The second one is this:
We pass on what we have not cleaned up. (This one has to simmer)
The third one is:
No internal peace…No Eternal Value (September 2008 post)
The last one is a scripture that God used to call me into ministry many years ago.
This year, He placed neon lights on it in my Bible and I have meditated on it all year.
It will go into the New Year with me as a Word that God is working out in my life in a big way:
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
My New Years Prayer for you, and for me, is to know God more personally, more deeply, more intimately and more passionately every single day of the year to come.
Imagine what would happen if we all were to find and follow His Sovereign Plan for our lives and not to miss a minute of His perfect will.
Now, to my promised GIVEAWAY that will last you A FULL YEAR!!!!!
I discovered this gorgeous magazine last year and devour every single page and picture each time it arrives. It is not only full to the brim with great writing, it is just like it says…beautiful. It has stunning photography and home decorating ideas. “In Every Issue” you will find Dr. James Dobson, Joyce Meyer, Dr Gary Smalley and Janet Parshall, to name a few!
Best of all it is loaded with God’s Word presented in a beautiful way.
I know that you will love it as much as I do.
All you have to do is share with me/us a quote or a scripture that God has used in your life this past year in a special way. Or if you prefer, share a 2008 lesson Learned.
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I have figured out the Random Integer thingy and will use it on Monday to declare a winner.
Happy new Year!