In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Since it's the beginning of a new year, things like goals and resolutions are on my mind.
I've been reading about the resolutions made by Jonathan Edwards. He had a list of 70. He wrote these during the period of time from 1722 to 1723; which means they were completed when he was around 20 years old. He set it up so that he read through all of these resolutions once each week. My assumption is that he did this to stay focused. The resolutions themselves are inspiring, even if a bit daunting or overwhelming for someone like myself. I've decided to undertake the list a few at a time each day so that they will be more meaningful as I read through them.
But what really caught my attention is his sort of prologue to the resolutions:
"Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake."
I adore the way he says that since he is sensible he recognizes that he can do nothing without God. I think it all boils down to this truth, apart of God I am nothing. But through Christ I can do all things that He wants for me.
What are some things God's been teaching you about your need for Him? What are some things God's been showing you that you can do through Him that have surprised you?
I'm just grateful to God for His goodness to me and want to live my life following after Him. I've been blessed with 3 awesome sons and in July of 2005 I remarried. My husband truly knows me and still loves me - how much more blessed could I be!
I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow—there's nothing to them. GOD can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. A life frittered away disgusts GOD; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.