Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking to a New Year

My sweet babies are eagerly anticipating New Year's Eve. It's the one night I allow them to stay up until midnight. They get so excited thinking they are going to experience the actual event...watching one year end and another begin. I'm just hoping I can stay awake :o) Perhaps I'll straighten my sewing room and ready it for new projects....hmmm, I'd rather sew than arrange my room!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I usually don't in the typical sense of 'lose weight' or 'get organized.' If I did, it would be setting myself up for failure. Instead, I like to reflect upon the past year. What were my triumphs and joyful moments? How did I handle troubling events? What can I improve about myself? This morning as I spent time in prayer and reading, one verse jumped out at me. It's bold statement effectuates how I really want to live this next year:

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
                                                                                     Romans 12:12


The first is fairly easy...finding joy in hope. It's easy to get excited and be joyful when anticipating a positive circumstance. Can I be patient in affliction? This is more difficult for me. I don't like having to wait for anything...especially when it may seem unfavorable to me. I don't like to think about being afflicted. I want to be happy all the time. Life doesn't work that way, does it? My God can abrogate all my afflictions, which is why I believe this verse ends with 'be faithful in prayer.' This is stated last so I could dwell on it.

It stands to reason that if I do this...stay faithful in prayer...I won't have any issues with the other instructions at the beginning of the verse. Spending time with my Lord in prayer will allow me to find joy in hope. Even more, since I'm already spending time with Him in prayer, when trouble enters my life, I'll know who to look to for advice. He'll already be there waiting on me to pour my heart out to Him. He'll comfort me and give me the patience I need to endure any situation. I love this verse! So this year, even though I don't usually make resolutions, I resolve to live my life according to Romans 12:12. What resolutions are you going to make?

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