January 13, 2011

In With the Old

Thanks for sharing my pain, progress and pictures of my half-bathroom remodel. The project continues forward, slowly. I can't wait to share the final results!
In my last post I talked about tossing out the old to embrace the new. Today in my post at Internet Cafe Devotions I discovered that doing the exact opposite action holds far more value.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12, NIV)
New year. New beginnings. New resolutions.

As the sun rises on 2011, most of us take inventory of our lives and look at the new year as a chance to hit the reset button. We hope to make a fresh start, change directions, try new things or “get it right” this time. Sometimes we hope that after a long December, maybe this year will be better than the last. (Thank you, Counting Crows.)

Ever since I became a Christian eight years ago,  God’s brought me into exciting experiences. Each year I’ve watched my faith grow exponentially as God’s prodded me to go further. To be adventurous. To use my talents and heart for His glory. And He’s led me into many ministries in my life: Bible study leading, writing, mission trips, prison ministry and more. He’s even taken hold of my creative and technical skills. I felt certain that something BIG was on the horizon.

But nothing big has come to pass and the thrill is fading. The “same old, same old” is setting in. And I’m getting a little weary.

It seems my honeymoon with God is over. <<Read more...>>


Sue J. said...

Funny you said, "reset." Our church has a 3-part series this January: Wake up, pay attention and tell about it, all featured with a giant "reset" button. Sometimes, whatever God wants us to see truly is under our nose!

New Year's Day can be "I'm going to resolve this-that-and the other thing" or "It's just another day." But it can also be this is a day from the Lord, let us rejoice and be glad in it, and in each one He chooses to give us in 2011!

I just want to continue to be discerning of His speaking to me. Whatever keeps me in that regard is a good thing for this year.

And He will do great things through you, wherever you are!


I have always loved the concept of "what is in your hand?", that God asked Moses. How sweet that the Lord used this to help you reconize the present ways He wants to use and bless you.

I would love to hear more of your story of how you became a Christian just 8 years ago. I have been a believer since the Dark Ages. :).

Blessings on your beautiful writing, Kelli.