Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

Hip Hip Hooray! Joy is still with us! She missed her flight, and now doesn't have to go to FL for diving training!

Guess what we did today?

Shopping is the best when you go with your Daddy.


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This week I've been "storing up" God's promises in my heart as I anticipate going back to Wales early Monday morning. The few I rehearsed this morning are:

-He is with me wherever I go. (Matthew 28)


-I did not choose Him (or this season) but HE chose ME. (John 15)


-His mercies are new EVERY morning. (Lamentations 3)


-Great is His faithfulness. Past faithfulness, because of His unchanging character, is prophetic of future faithfulness. (also Lamentations 3)


-He is unchanging even when my world is ever-changing.


-He will change and sanctify me in and through this season. (Philippians 1:6)


And the one that I've rehearsed over and over today--

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God. The Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who has no might, He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted. But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
(Isaiah 40:27-31 probably several different versions combined...)

As in every season, there are things I am waiting for. As, I'm sure, there are things YOU are waiting for even as you read this. Let us take courage and HOPE. If we wait on the LORD...He will RENEW our strength. Ah, making my strength NEW. I sure need new strength.

Hope does not put us to shame. (Romans 5:5) We cannot hope beyond what He can do!

And hope, if it is seen...is not hope. Who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do NOT see...we wait for it. With patience. (Romans 8:24)

May this be a year of patient waiting for me. Waiting in silence. Without a word. No suggestions, no comments, no recommendations to my Maker. He alone is God. (Psalm 62)

Oh LORD, teach me to laugh at the time to come. Help me see you in all I do. To you alone be the glory.

What are you grateful for this past year? What are you hoping for this next year? I want to hear!

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

allister said...

man, i was so encouraged just reading those different verses. SUCH good things to be speaking to yourself daily.
For the sake of your question, i suppose i will answer :) I'm grateful for all that the Lord did...for His rich blessings on my family, my siblings, for relationships i have with my friends, and just for His faithfulness once again that was shown in so many ways throughout the year. I SO anticipate what He is going to do this year...how He will change me...what He will teach me. I'm eager to see how different my life might look at this time next year.

Love you jage! We should skype one of these days.