Monday, December 31, 2012

it's almost 2013

Bet you didn't know that! As one year ends and another one begins there is always reflecting over the previous year, successes, failures, trials, and triumphs. With this usually comes the question of what will I do different this year, or how will I strive to keep some things the same.

2012 was a big year for me, I became a new mommy for the fourth time (am I still considered "new mommy"?)! Also came many opportunities for growth, some of those opportunities were seized, and some not so much!

My goal last year was to live intentional. I want to be an intentional wife, mother, daughter, friend, and servant of the Lord. I still have a long way to go to reach  my goal, but the Lord has been so faithful in leading my steps and stopping me in situations to seek Him on how to react in situations. I plan to continue to work at that goal, and this year to add living for the Lord in a way that is even more obvious to people.

I think that sometimes people assume I follow Jesus because I dress modestly, don't swear, try to stay away from movies/music/entertainment/etc that doesn't honor the Lord, but I deeply desire to show people Jesus! I do believe that when your make Jesus the Lord of your life there are lifestyle decisions that can be different from others choices, but I want to unashamedly live like Jesus! Far too often I let fear stop me from doing what I feel God prompting me to do. It is so silly and doesn't make sense, these things are good things, and not far out there, but goodness I am good at twisting the situation and making up excuses on why I shouldn't speak up and help.That.Must.Stop.Now.

Psalm 25
In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.

I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause. 

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, 
for you are God my  Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember,  Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord; 
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

Who then are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, 
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!

Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame, 
for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!

My goal this year is to act on my fear of the Lord and not the fear of man! I will continue to be in the word daily and submit everything in prayer. The sermon I heard at church yesterday went though this Psalm, and the thing said that struck me most was when the Pastor said and reminded me of the fact

"Prayer can change anything and everything!"

I am so thankful for that! I made a little chalkboard frame that is now on my mantle that I plan to put little messages or verses on throughout the year. Here is a look at what it says now.


I am excited to see what the Lord puts on my heart to write on this board! But in the meantime...

Happy New Year!


-Erin


2 comments:

  1. Stumbled upon your blog....lovely family! I have to say I just LOVE it that you have four boys! I have one little guy and hope he has at least one brother someday :))

    www.sashon.blogspot.com

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  2. LOVE the word intentional, and goal to be it! love this blog, and now following!!
    xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

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