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New Beginnings

I LOVE new beginnings! I love change—and all that comes with it. I love the beginning of a new year. There is a newness about it—an opportunity to kind of start all over again.

Today is a new beginning. This new year, I am being purposeful to reflect on the year ahead. For me, it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of day-to-day life, that I forget to live my life with PURPOSE!

I am so not a new years resolution kind of girl—I gave that up after twenty years of failed attempts (Maybe I need to work on being more disciplined 🙂 ). But, I love being able to examine my heart, my life and my dreams at this time of year.

I thought I would share with you some of the things that are important to me in the year ahead…

~~~Yes, the first is ALWAYS to spend more time with my Father in heaven. Quality time.

~~~To learn more and more what it means to serve my family with my whole heart.

~~~Learning daily how to be the wife that God (and Anthony) needs me to be.

~~~To be so content and secure in what the Lord has called me to do in this life—to always stay on the narrow road that God has me on, and to be content with it.

~~~To have a heart that is SATISFIED—with little or much.

~~~To allow God to STRETCH my faith more and more. I long to be a person of faith—no matter what life throws my way, to ALWAYS stand on the ROCK!

~~~To live a life out of the box—never being content with the ‘ordinary’, but allowing God to do whatever He wants to with my family.

~~~To learn what the true meaning of SURRENDER is. Absolute dependence on God.

~~~To have the faith to trust my God for the dreams He has placed in my heart—some of them seem so ridiculous, so out of my reach. To trust Him for the greatest desire of my heart— still an unanswered prayer.

~~~To learn to TRUST God with all my heart—knowing that He knows best.

Last night we watched Facing the Giants as a family. We have seen it several times. But, as we watched it last night both Anthony and I wept—being reminded (through a movie) that God is MORE THAN ABLE! That with Him, ALL things are possible. That there is no mountain we cannot climb with our Father—ALL He requires is a surrendered heart, a heart that that is willing to say “whatever, Lord, have Your will and have Your way!”.

In one part of Facing the Giants, a prayer warrior is giving Grant Taylor an analogy of two farmers planting their fields in a time of drought. One farmer prepared his land to RECEIVE the rain, the other did not. Which farmer was blessed with crops when the rain eventually came? The one who PREPARED his soil. I want to be ready for God to move—I want my ‘soil’ to be ready to RECEIVE all that God has for me and my family. I want my heart, my home, my husband, my children—everything, to be READY TO RECEIVE! The times of drought do not last forever, precious friends—the RAIN does eventually come.

Let me leave you with this on this, the first day of a new year….

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
YET, I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength,
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.
Hab 3:17-19

God is FAITHFUL and TRUE. Yes, the rain DOES eventually come—will you prepare your soil with me in 2009?

His love endures forever!!!