Happy New Year

I hope 2012 is a great year for you!

I have resolved to accept that I will never be tiny and petite, won’t be perfect, and I resolve to just be patient with myself ….I am going to try to be better to myself.

This year, Lord willing, I will sell my house and move across to my favorite side of the country. Could use lots if prayers on that front.

It is my hope that 2012 is a blessed year for you. God is good, and I am grateful for another year of His love and blessings.

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SUNDAY SONG

Ephesians 1:3-9
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ. . .

We could put so many labels on ourselves…many negative ones that would far outweigh the good ones we might attach to ourselves. There is one label that is most important…Child of God.

Blessed obedience

Sorry, I didn’t post a Sunday Song this past weekend.

Life…

Sunday evening, I went to a ladies’ Christmas tea at my church. During the service/lesson time, one of the ladies of the church sang the song I have posted. I’ve heard it a few times before, but the words stuck with me.

Mary was tired, weary and facing a task much bigger than she thought she could withstand. Her task…giving birth to the savior…required a lot of such a young girl. She needed a lot of inner-strength.

She looked to God. She obeyed and looked to God for her strength.

I know I have a lot to learn from this strong young woman.

Luke 1:35-38
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

And then Mary shows her exhuberent belief and praise when she visited Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, in Luke 1:46-55
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their throne and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

A lullaby

I was listening to this song, tonight. It is written as a lullaby for Christ, from Joseph’s perspective.

It made me think as I was watching the images of all the cute little babies…I wondered how much Jesus did know as a young child (this is also reflected in the lyrics).

Imagine a restless baby Jesus, and you are Joseph, and you have to comfort that baby and care for him…knowing He is the great I AM.

No pressure there, eh?

I think my mind is just stuck there…I think of Jesus as the adult who died on the cross for me. I dare say I rarely think of him as a child (pre-temple…running off from mom and dad to be about His Father’s business days). Imagine him playing tag…did he always know where people were hiding? He always seems to know where I am hiding.

What was it like trying to teach him how to be a carpenter? What was it like to teach him how to walk? What were his first words?

I just cannot fathom it…can you?

SUNDAY SONG

Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Matthew 17:20
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 19:26
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I’ve had a very stressful week, and leading up to this week, I have been trying to make some decisions about my family. It has been a lot to deal with and the work-related stress isn’t resolved, but hopefully, will be this week.

I pray that God shows favor and allows for His grace and mercy to be shown through those who have my well-being in their hands at this time.

In the last few weeks, I’ve asked God to be “huge”, so that I know His leading on some things in my life.

I need His presence very much right now.