Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

January 1 of every year, I go through a list of things I want to accomplish or work on through out the year. I lose sight of things within the first 4 or 5 months and just wait for the beginning of the next year when I get my "fresh start". In reality, God gives me a fresh start every single day. Each day I wake and have to make a choice. I am not saying that having goals are a bad thing, but maybe the way I go about setting these goals needs to be adjusted. This year I have chosen a verse to memorize and start each day putting it to practice.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

You see this is something that I struggle deeply with... I make decisions without seeking my heavenly father first. I worry about what others may say or think about my choices and I try to stay in my own comfort zone at all costs. I need to begin committing EVERY SITUATION to God, only then will I experience the peace of God. Only then will my heart and mind be guarded in Christ Jesus. Not only do I long to gain that peace that comes from knowing I am in God's will, I also want to show my children what it means to fully rely on God.

Right now there are a few things our family has on our2013 prayer list:
- The gym: Matt and I are still working on our personal training courses and seeking God's next step for us.
- Adoption: We have felt the call to adopt since before we had our own children, we are praying about God's timing and will. We are also praying about the funds needed to do this.
- Homeschooling: This is one that I debate day in and day out, part of me can't wait for the break that I will get when the kids start school, but another part of me feels like the best thing for my children would be to homeschooling. This is where I let others opinions weigh too heavily on my mind.

I believe in the power of prayer, is there anything I can be praying for you about?


Fonda said...

Those are some big items. May the Lord give you clear direction at every turn.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to be better in my prayer life too. I have started reading my Bible on almost a daily basis. I have it at work and it is one of the first things I try to do before my work day starts. I'm blessed that my boss doesn't mind. In fact, most days if I'm reading after 8 a.m. he says "Good for you".
Sometimes it's tough to remember to stop, pray and wait on God's answer. He doesn't always give us an immediate answer. I'm a type A personality so I want things in order and way ahead of time. I try not to bother God. Funny I know but sometimes I feel as if there is someone else whose needs are much more than my own.