Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What Lies Ahead

A New Year brings the overwhelming anticipation of things to come; all of us will experience joys as well as sorrows. (We’ve been assured that “troubles” will come. John 16:33) But, in our tragedies as well as our triumphs, we tend to forget that we don’t need a “New Year” to give us a fresh start! Our God is faithful and He has given us the dawn of every morning as a sign that EVERY DAY is a NEW day!

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 2:22-23 NLT)

Each night we have the opportunity to reflect on our day and grasp hold of the grace that is being prepared for the day ahead. Each day we are to reflect on our relationship with God and humbly ask Him to search our hearts so that we walk the path which leads to a life that is secured in His hands.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

(Psalm 139:23-24 NLT)

Many will be starting “New Year’s Resolutions,” some will succeed, yet many will fail. One resolution that will aid in the success of all of the others is making the decision to focus on God. What does God want for your life? What does God have planned for your day, your week, this year? These are the questions that He longs to answer. We are craving God’s voice, yet seldom do we stop to listen. Even worse, we decide what we’ll listen to and what we’ll pretend we didn’t hear. It is up to us to make the decision, each and every day, to “forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead.” When you seek Him above all else, there is peace and joy in the midst of every storm…Christ Jesus is calling you.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)


Jennsmere said...

Hi Cherie...
Just stopped by for a visit. Your post blessed me as you used some of my fav scriptures! Jesus truly is calling us to a closer, deeper walk. That is my resolve for the New Year.

Bless you and Happy New Year!

Tamika: said...

Some of my favorite passages of Scripture Cherie! God is faithful and great is His faithfulness! I should be consumed!

Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Awesome post, Cherie! "We are craving God's voice, yet seldom do we stop to listen." What a convicting statement! And followed by an even more convicting one: "Even worse, we decide what we’ll listen to and what we’ll pretend we didn’t hear." Ouch! Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord! Praying that He'll abundantly bless you and your writing this year!

Loren said...

I am so thankful to have found you and your precious blog/journal. It has blessed me so as I read through your posts!

Look forward to knowing you a little better and wanted to thankyou for your prayers for the loss of my dad. It has meant so much all these precious people in the blog community! I never would have dreamed it would bless me like it has! So thankyou for being a part of that!

Teresa said...

I love this post...it's truly a reminder of allowing it to be a form of worship...versus just another passing resolution as we are allowed another breath. Hallelujah! i truly enjoy your blog!
Love in Christ Jesus..Teresa

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I am so blessed that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me! You encourage my faith and I pray that God will fill you to the full with His love, mercy,and grace! With joy, Cherie

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