Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's almost 2009!!

I think computers could be hazardous to your health. I mean, you sit. The last two days I have been sitting in front of this screen a lot. It's not like the phone when you can multi-task. Maybe I should get one of those treadmills I recall seeing on the news, they have a desk for the computer and at least you are off of your butt moving-even if it is at a turtle's pace so you can type...I guess that would be multi-tasking at it's best.

I have been praying about what God wants me to focus on in the coming year. One year He told me to "be strong in the Lord" and "abide in His Love". I really focused on looking for reminders of His love for me. I also grew in my faith in challenging circumstances...of which there was no shortage that year....Our Father is so wise in what He gives us! It is good to find our limitations in challenges and learn to lean on the One who holds our right hand.

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, 'tis grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home...When I look back over the years of my journey with the Lord and see how He has indeed been holding my hand and helping me, I am awestruck. I wonder @ where I would be without the guidance of His Word and His Spirit. Would I be in a psych ward? I was anxious and depressed. Would my kids be on drugs and crossing lines they shouldn't? His wisdom and authority is invaluable for parenting. Would my marriage have disintegrated? There was a time when I felt love was dead. I can confidently say that Jesus is my Wonderful Counselor, my Redeemer regarding my marriage, and my Teacher and Lord when I needed guidance for parenting.

So what is on the agenda this year? Self-denial keeps coming to my mind. Take up your cross and follow me. Trusting more, serving more, loving more. I still have a couple of days to "get it". How about you? What can I be praying for in your life this year?


Karen said...

Happy New Year Kathy.
May all that you pray for and work for come forth...
I hope the new year brings stability to all of us and that we count on leaning on HIM for answers.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Hey Kathy,

My verses for this year are Hebrews 10:23-25, pray that I will be able to live them out to the glory of God!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Amen to all you said! I have always loved that part of Amazing Grace,....tis grace that has brought me this far, and grace will lead me home.
Thanks for the encouraging words tonight. :) I love Isaih 41:13!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Still processing what direction I am going for 2009. I see change. I want to walk in greater freedom in Christ.

I'm praying and waiting. I know God will speak if I would just stop and listen. I'm thinking when school starts next week things will be calmer.

I enjoyed your thoughts, the verse in Isaiah and your faith that is shiny brightly through this post.

Happy New Year!

Robin said...

Hi Kathy! I'm planning on reading the Bible in a year this year. And I'm planning to just hang on - something tells me that this is going to not be an easy year. So I'm just going to hang on to Jesus as tight as I know how.

Angie said...

I am on my way to see the experience the snow! (I wish) I LOVE the pictures!!!! I know it is tough (although---I don't know first hand...I just think I know) YOU are such a blessing to my heart and life...I just needed to tell you that tonight!

I had told someone that I was really going to work on my "work attitude"...(not wanting to be there and all that stuff)...and the verse that keeps coming over and over to my mind whenever I think about my job is "do all things without murmuring or complaining"...and I haven't stopped long enough to look it up to see if I have even quoted it right...but the message is coming through...loud and clear.

Love you!

God's servent (mom/grandma) said...

Here I am Kathy, it doesn't always let me comment.