I can’t believe that we have reached the end of another year! I’m not sure where it went but, I will say that 2014 has been a good one for me. It has been a year of new beginnings and fresh starts in more than one area! Thankfully, no matter where you are or how dismal your life or circumstance may seem at this moment in time, we never know what the Good Lord has for us right around the corner. Sometimes we have to be at the end of our rope, dead broke or flat on our back on death’s doorstep before we realize that we need to rely only on Him, or that He is trying to get our undivided attention. We are on the brink of a clean slate, a brand New Year! Sort yourself out, repent and re-prioritize your life so God is leading for a change! Rejoice even in the pits. Patience is a good lesson. Be an overcomer!
I have never been a big proponent of New Year’s Resolutions...they always seem to revolve around diet and exercise.” Resolutions” sound lofty and seriously binding and may induce guilt if not achieved poste hastily! Therefore, no matter how necessary, I am currently profoundly unmotivated to change my slothful ways as I sit at my desk and watch the snow falling(again)! I have, however, always been a good list maker. Lists keep us on track, they keep us from forgetting things, help us to prioritize and give us a sense of satisfaction when we are able to scratch them off. If they don’t get scratched off this week’s list, then I will simply slide them to next week’s list. Diet and exercise plans seem much less intimidating when removed from the serious Resolutions list and added to a more casual and less binding, things to get done list!
Abject laziness and lack of self-control aside, I do feel that a good attack plan is in order for 2015 so here goes! And if you think of something important that should be on the list that I have overlooked, be sure and pipe up and let me know! I would love to know what’s on your to-do list for 2015.
MISS SALLY”S 2015 LIST:
Finish the Book, finish writing the other book, finish unpacking, Laugh more with my husband, Remember to tell my children that I love them more frequently, Be more influential in my grandchildren’s lives, learn how to Skype, Buy more food, Be more intentional about telling other people to store more food and WHY. Watch less TV and read more books, Finally sign up for stupid Obamacare health insurance, Stop calling people stupid, Work on not being judgmental, Pray for divine revelation,wisdom and protection for the President and our leadership, Pray for Israel, Pray for Israel some more. Be more intentional about developing my spiritual gifts. Be bolder about praying for deliverance and healing for people no matter what they think of me. Praise God more and spend more time in His Presence, Be a better friend, Learn Hebrew, Stop and listen for God’s voice… Write it down then Praise Him more and Rejoice! Remember what my job is and do it! Let God worry about everything that is not my job! Be more thankful,Forgive more quickly, Be more Patient. Let things go that have no eternal purpose. Be ready to be used. Start weaning yourself off of sugar and white flour and eat organic. Be ready when God starts to move!
When Tom and I married this summer, my friend, Elizabeth gifted us with a marvelous toast. In addition to a lot of other wonderful things she capped it all off with this blessing found in Numbers 6:22-27. The Aaronic blessing was a priestly blessing to be pronounced over the people every morning after the temple sacrifice. One of my all time favorite verses, 1 Peter 2:9 states that we in Christ are a Royal Priesthood! We are His special possession and we are grafted in to this family (Romans 11:17-19) and that wall of separation has been broken down between Jew and Gentile ( Ephesians 2:14) now through the amazing Love of Jesus! I think that Elizabeth had it right that it is the perfect blessing for a new marriage and a reminder to keep God first. I think this is also a perfect benediction to start out this fresh, shiny New Year, as well, and to repeat as needed throughout 2015. With this Powerful blessing you won’t need anything more for a Happy New Year!
THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU: THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU, AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU: THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU , AND GIVE YOU PEACE, AND THEY SHALL PUT MY NAME UPON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND I WILL BLESS THEM!