Well, here I am two weeks later… And what a roller coaster these two weeks have been! A new year always brings great expectations. Expectations that this coming year will be better, that the choices I will make will be better, my attitude will be better, my health will be better (this is a huge one for me!), etc…
But then one day follows the other, and it almost seems that it’s just the way it always has been, nothing has changed. Or has it? I believe it has. No matter how small, there’s always change in our daily lives, in our decisions we make, in our attitudes we have, our point of view changes… Even if it seems I am making the same decision like a few months or years ago, I still believe, that it’s different this time around. I’ve lived through more, have experienced more, have learned more since the last time I made this decision. And so it is different. And I’m glad it is. I’m glad it’s not staying the same.
And what I’m especially glad is that no matter what I face, what decision I have to make, my God is there for me. He is the one constant in my life! He never changes, there are no seasons with Him, no moodswings, no attitudes like I sometimes have… And it comforts me to know that He does have the whole world in His hands. He has my life in His hands. He knows exactly what I’m up against this coming year, and He will provide strength and courage to face and live through it. That’s where I really like my first verse that I chose from Matthew 5:3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him…” I do realize my need for Him. I simply can’t do it on my own. And I’m so glad He’s faithful and loving and He’s helping me one step at a time.
I’ve started working again this week. Only 3 half days, but it’s a start. I’m so excited about it. I’m so looking forward to being back at my normal, full-time schedule. These past 7 months have been very long months, at times very testing, but God has carried me through. I felt His love and presence more times than I can count. And there are so many other things I’m grateful for: my children are healthy, doing good in school and at work. We’ve got a roof over our heads and food on the table, clothes that keep us warm, especially in this cold climate. And today, I even thanked God for snow. It looked so beautiful, so peaceful, as the snow was falling all day long. I know the driving wasn’t the best, since we had to go out and run some errands. And at each stop I was grateful that we stopped in time, that we did not slide too much around.
So, now to the second memory verse of 2011: I’ve chosen James 1:17:
” Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”
So in anticipation of all that will come along in 2011 I want to look for whatever is good and perfect, I want to have my eyes open to what my God will have for me. And then there’s this promise: “He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”
So, how about you? What Scripture will you memorize? Let’s hear it!