If you are joining me today from my guest post on Wendy Blight’s blog, welcome! Feel free to make yourself at home and look around. Leave a comment and let me know you came to visit. I’d love to hear from you! Thank you Wendy for the opportunity to be a guest on Living Truth! Happy New Year to everyone, and if I missed you this Christmas season, Merry Christmas too!
My husband and I were thrilled to say goodbye to 2011, it was a rough one for us in so many ways. From losing our first child to miscarriage and my step-mother to suicide in the same week, to other heartaches which probably only 14 people in the whole world even know about. Oh, we have had many blessings as well; healing in ways I never knew possible, a marriage stronger now than when we began, and new possibilities. If we let the heartaches blur our vision it can be a challenge for us to recognize the blessings God provides.
This year will be different. Perhaps 2012 will have the same amount of heartaches and trials, but it will still be different, it will be better. This year, my focus is not the condition of my life which so often changes from one moment to the next…but the condition of my heart. “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me” Psalm 51:10. This is my verse for the year and it goes hand in hand with my resolution for 2012. To give Him 6:00-7:00am each day, spending quality time with my Creator each day. I could make all sorts of resolutions to help me be a “better person;” be more compassionate, give more money away, help more people in need, call my parents and siblings more often, write more thank you notes, and so many other options. However, if my heart isn’t focused on the right place, nothing I do will be worth anything. First Corinthians 13:1-3 reminds us that:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
So, I ask God would take my heart and make it new. That He would soften my hard heart to His Word and to the people I encounter each day. Help me to recognize His blessings, even if they come in the form of a trial.
What’s your resolution this year? Better yet, have you chosen a verse to guide you for 2012? I would love for you to share!