Monday, January 01, 2007
Brand new beginnings!!!
I just LOVE ringing in the New Year!! While it’s always sad to see another year go by, whenever a new year begins, for some reason, I feel like I’m starting with a clean slate. I think I’m a pretty optimistic person and January 1 seems SUPER optimistic to me! An entire year of possibilities is before me!!!
I know this year will bring BIG changes to our family with the addition of Elizabeth!! Oh, and when we find out about her, y’all will be among the first to know! What will life be like with a baby in the house? What an exciting adventure the Lord has ahead for our family!!! I cannot wait to tell her all about Jesus!!!
I want to work on being a better helpmeet to Mr. U. He really is a wonderful man. The Lord has spoiled me by giving him to me!!! Is he perfect? Oh no. But he is mine and I am oh so thankful. I was created by the Lord specifically to be Mr. U’s helpmeet. What a blessing and privilege. I want to serve him to the best of my ability and, in doing so, bring honor to the Lord.
I’m planning on being more organized in my home keeping this year, too. I’ve got a partial calendar made up for myself to follow. I must admit, I’ve been slack in my cleaning routine this past 6 months. While we were still homeschooling (Joshua graduated in May this past year), it was much easier to keep my cleaning schedule because I had to keep things straight in order to make sure we kept our schooling straight!! After he graduated, my regular routine kind of went out the window, so I plan on getting back to a routine (but not so rigid that I can’t change it if need be).
I plan to read more this year, too. Fiction is fine and usually a very quick read, but the Lord has brought so many difficult counseling situations to Mr. U and myself lately that I REALLY need to read and study more about true biblical counseling. People don’t need a Band-Aid nor do they need to blame their sins on “what so and so did to them”. Christians need to be taught to be responsible for their own sins and how to deal with them biblically.
Also, cults, false religions and false teachings are creeping into the church and into the lives of fellow believers. I want to read and study the Truth so much that when the false appears, I (with the Lord’s help) can identify it and confront. If the truth is not spoken by Christians, where will the lost hear it? To say nothing and allow people to THINK they are Christians is a vile, hateful act – like allowing them to continue with their disease and doing nothing to help them, even though you know the answer.
In order to do these, I obviously need to spend MUCH more time in the Word. Goodness knows, it’s SOO easy to talk about the Lord but so much more difficult to spend time with Him and really get to know Him. Why? On my part at least, selfishness and laziness. I long to be drenched in His Word daily and to know Him much more intimately than I do now. I have many faults that the Lord has pointed out loud and clear lately. I’m sure He and I will be dealing with those as well.
So there you have it. My optimistic look ahead at what 2007 may hold. Sure, I can plan all I want, but I know the Lord is the One who determines my steps. I will follow Him. His plans are always best.
Blessings to you in the New Year!!!