Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I'm not into making New Years resolutions that are made for fun or those that are always broken and in the end disappointing.  Also, I don't believe I'm a stick in the mud that can't have any fun either; I just don't and never have been into making New Years resolutions - plain and simple! :)  I will say, however, I've always liked quoting this verse:

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize (eternal life) of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:12-14

I'm not going to pretend that 2010 wasn't a very difficult year and I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't blessed throughout the difficulties.  I will remain forever thankful to the Lord - for all His provisions and supplying for every one of our needs.  As well as, all the faithful family and friends, old and new alike, that gave of themselves with their love, prayers and support.

As we enter the New Year there's no doubt that it will hold a continuation of and, new challenges for our family.   And, we know that the Lord will get us through them all as in the past.  
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on.  .  .  .  Often times when people talk to me and about faith they share they wished that they had more or that theirs were stronger.  I believe we all have thought that way a time or two and maybe you still do?  But God gives all to start the same measure of faith.  (Romans 12:3) Are you surprised?  Your faith will grow as you exercise it; the problem is the unbelief not the measure of faith.  Even Abraham had unbelief:

yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,  Romans 4:20

If you know the Lord my prayer would be out of Ephesians 3: 16-19  And, if you don't know Him ~ My prayer would be out of Ephesians 1:17-19.  And, if you were to make a New Years resolution it would be to exercise your faith.  Get into the His word, get to know Him and His promises for "those" who believe, "His children that have excepted Him into their hearts, by receiving His free gift." 
Though 2 are missing, Happy New Year from all of us~


Becky said...

I don't make New Year's resolutions, either, but the longer I live the more I realize my life should be one constant resolution to follow Christ as closely as possible - well, to actually let Him live in me! How much closer can you get? Happy New Year Vicky!!

Toyin O. said...

Amen, that is great advice. May God continue to increase our faith.