Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year part 2

When I shared my thoughts last night, it wasn't meant to hurt, offend, convict or even ask for help.

It was me just sharing my working my salvation out....with my Lord!

It is about me trying to live this life and choosing to be Thankful and not disappointed!
It is about me trying to live God first in my life and not just saying it!
It is about me living in hope, joy, peace and not living in fear, sadness and bitterness!
It is about me being transformed by the renewing of my mind!
It is about me trying to do this:
Hebrew 12:1-2a Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

 Thank You Lord for the year 2011, all the good times and also all the hard times. I now look forward to what You have in stored for me in 2012.

 Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

I love this verse, I have quoted it many times. I have it written down in many places, on my walls, in books, in journals! What a great reminder for my future...for a New Year!

Plans to give me hope and a future!
Another reason to say goodbye to last year because God has plans for me...hope and a future!

Hope is the emotional state, the opposite of which is despair, which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life.

I have hope, hope that all things work for the good to those who love the Lord! Romans 8:28
I have hope, hope that God mercies are new each day! Lamentations 3:23
I have a future that God himself has planned for me! Jeremiah 29:11

I love the hope of a new year, new dreams, new life...even new challenges.

1 comment:

Venette said...

Joanna, often as Christians we fail to acknowledge beauty from ashes. To be hurt can be a blessing in disguise. Maybe some of us needed to be hurt to be healed of our apathy; to not rest on our laurels concerning what we have done for you in the past, but to look outside our own stress-filled lives and lift you up today. There is a condition called congenital analgesia in which people cannot feel physical pain. If they were blind folded and their foot was chopped off, they could not acknowledge the pain. They would simply bleed to death. Wouldn’t it be awful if we were like that as Christians? Without pain would we ever grow spiritually; would we seek healing or would we, being spiritually numb, slowly bleed to death? It was painful to look at my image in the mirror you held up—but I am thankful for feelings, even the painful ones. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, I’ll be working on that image. What about you? : )
Ps 24:9,10b Lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and Mighty.
love you