Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Year-End Thoughts

This year has been an incredible year of change, growth & new determination to walk the path God has set before me. Let me share a few things that come to mind:
I have learned to do all, not to my credit, but for the glory of my Lord.
To joyfully submit to my husband and recognize him as my God-given leader.
I am learning to be patient with my children and see them as the treasures God sees them as. They are so teachable at their ages, so now is the time to be teaching them scripture and lessons from God's Word.
I have a renewed love for the God of the Word and how He uses the words on the page to cut to my heart and show me my sin.
I am learning to draw the circle around myself & see where I can change and grow rather than point the finger to others around me. I am learning to take responsibility for my own thoughts & actions, and "take every thought captive" as the enemy tries to get a foothold into my life. (2 Corinithians 10:4-6)
I am learning to appreciate the separate parts of the Trinity, and thank each of them for their work in my life.
I have realized that "looking for my purpose" should not be looking for a monumental thing, but to daily walk in the purpose I have already been given. My purpose is to glorify God in all that I do.
I am learning to see others as God sees them. I am learning to live in reverence to God rather than fear of man. I am being accountable to others in areas of my life that I struggle. It is not easy to "confess your faults to another". It is humbling and vulnerable, but it is healing and freeing.(James 5:16)
I don't claim to have arrived. I am not perfect.(Philippians 3:12) I am just a daughter of my Father & He delights in me (Psalm 18:19). He has called me by name(Isaiah 43:1). He has plans for my future(Jeremiah 29:11). He will be faithful to finish the work He has started in me(Phillipians 1:6).
I owe everything to Him, not that I can earn His favor, but that I walk out the plan He has set for me. He is worthy to be worshiped with our every-day lives.