So it’s here – the new year! I’m pleased to say that I had enough energy and whim to stay up joining the millions counting down the seconds to 2016! This was a HUGE deal to me as most nights I’m utterly exhausted and falling asleep early as if I were an old lady! 😉 The baby was asleep for the night so my man and I spent some quality time together cuddling on the couch and thinking of how amazing 2015 was – just in the realization that we celebrated our first anniversary and welcomed our first child! This past year was good because God was good. We welcomed the new year in prayer and asked that God would protect our marriage and lead us in wisdom; we need it for sure!
I have a good feeling there may be a lot of changes come this year…..maybe even trials that will stretch us. It’s a bit daunting thinking about it. Surely this day is the first page of a blank 366 page journal (remember, it’s a leap year!). What will be written on each page as I look back come December 31st? More importantly, what will count for eternity? What will bring a smile to my Saviour’s face? This year, I want to have a heart in hot pursuit after God; I want to enjoy a marriage that is on fire and burning with a passion of intimacy as I love and respect my husband; I want to be the mommy that God knows I can be as I encounter situations that bring me to a standstill in my lack of knowledge and expertise; I want to be frugal in our finances; I want to encourage and bless those in the body of Christ that we know, I want to get physically fit and maybe lose some of the pregnancy “flubber” that still remains (haha!); and I want to be thankful and joyful in the easy and hard times. To sum it all up – I just want to have Christ seen vividly in my life like never before!
Can I do all of this? Why sure I can! Not in and of myself for sure – I would be guaranteed to fall flat on my face! I lack the determination and strength and the day-to-day desire. Can I do it because it’s a new year and it’s a resolution of my heart? Nah! I can do ALL of this because I can DEFINITELY do all through Christ and Him alone! Do you know how I know this? Because not only can I do ALL things through Christ but these things bring Him honor and glory and pleases Him so He WANTS me to accomplish these things this year and every year! He will give me my heart’s desire if I lean on Him and walk in the way He has ordained for me. My part is to stay committed and faithful. How do I do this? Simply by staying close to Jesus. So this new year may the song of my heart be” Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross”.
What is it that you desire to see as fruit produced in your life this year? Will you join with me this day and the 365 days that follow? Join me and come; stand at the foot of the cross and let us remember the glory and wonder of His love and our very own unworthiness. Let’s stay close to Jesus! This could be the start to a brand new beginning!