New Year-New Beginnings! Its currently raining and FREEZING here-which is rare. The boys are trying to nap in their new “big boy bunk beds”, which means they are singing and playing until I go in there and break up the party :)
I just had a few thoughts leading up to 2019…
This past year was our most difficult yet- We had some amazing blessings but also 2018 was a MAJOR refining year for our family. I feel like the Lord was like, “ok, I want to take you deeper into experiencing my joy/peace and love..and you cant experience that living the way you do.” So slowly we were stripped of all the unnecessary things that were weighing us down and preventing us from having the marriage the Lord intended us to have, the family He intended us to have, and the spiritual life He intended us to have.
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7
Any type of refinement is painful, yet going through the fire is necessary to be purified, to bring the Lord praise and glory. I have learned so much this past year-and want to bring the most important lesson into 2019-and pass it on to you as well.
Everything is possible with Jesus, but nothing pure and permanent is possible without Him. With Christ- ALL things are possible. But so often I try to bring change and control into my life out of my OWN strength. Permanent, lasting heart change is not possible in our own strength- it is not possible without Him. This rings so true as we start to talk about new years resolutions and new beginnings. As exciting as it is to have goals and crave to develop new habits, it is not possible without Jesus. Maybe it will last for a month, or two-but trust me, I’ve learned from experience, doing anything out of your own efforts and strength without the help of the Lord will be futile and frustrating. Nothing works without Christ. Thats how He designed it! God designed us to NEED Him in EVERYTHING we do so that He can bare the burden for us. How refreshing and freeing is that? The pressure is completely off of us, to preform, achieve, fix ourselves, control everything, and the list goes on..
I pray I don’t forget this lesson that 2018 has taught me-it has helped me to keep coming back to the Lord in complete dependance on Him-which is where I want to be, where I need to be, where He created me to be.
Hope you have a wonderful start to the New .Year!