No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)
Oh how this year has flown by! I cannot believe that Christmas is over, and that we are just 5 days away from ringing in 2014!
It’s so easy for me to sit back and reflect on what I could have done differently this year. Or to wonder how things may have been different if only. But the beauty of a new year brings with it new hope, new mercies and new chances to accomplish some of the things that I lost sight of this year. It’s a time for new beginnings, where the ending can truly be written by the Lord, for His glory.
As I reflect on the end of 2013, I have had to let go of some of the things that have held me back this year. Looking at myself as less than God has made me to be has held me back. To truly grow and prosper in the Lord and His ways I must write His Word, His truth, upon my heart. In 2014, I am prepared to welcome with an open hand and open heart His truth concerning me.
I am letting go of fear and putting on faith
in the One whose strength is perfected in my weakness.
I am letting go of failure and putting on grace,
for truly His grace is sufficient for me.
I am letting go of forgotten and putting on “cherished, loved, adored, beloved”,
learning to accept myself as the one whom the Lord sees and loves.
What about you my friend. What label are you saying goodbye to this year? What truth from God’s Word are you replacing it with?
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