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Archive for January 2012

This is going to be my shortest blog post yet. Something has been on my mind today and I want to share it with you all. I know what the word PROMISE means in the dictionary and in the Strong’s Concordance. What I want to know is what does it mean to YOU? When you hear the word PROMISE, what does that say to YOU?

I would love to hear some discussion on this. Would you please click below where it says LEAVE A COMMENT and tell me what the word PROMISE means to YOU? This could be very interesting.

Love y’all =)

So long 2011. You were not very good to me. I’m glad to see you gone.

I believe 2012 is going to be a better year!

2011 was no friend of mine! I’m glad to see it gone.

The above statements are just some I’ve heard the last few days and yesterday, when I woke up, all the negative statements I’d been hearing were absolutely swirling around in my head! Along with part of a song – and I just didn’t know what to do with it all. It was in the back of my mind all day. I tried to sit down last night and put it into a post; but, still it just wasn’t coming together. I finally gave up and went to bed with this prayer: “Lord, I know You have these thoughts in my head for a reason. Please show me what You want me to do with them.”

This morning He let me know. It was as if He whispered to me “Who or what are you trusting in? Are you trusting in Me or the days on a calendar?” How fitting (and confirming) when I looked at my Promise Calendar today and saw one of the promises on it:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”

Maybe you had an awful year and are ready for it to be over or maybe you had a great year and are hoping to have another just like it – No matter which category you fit in, would you take a minute to consider something?

Lamentations 3:23
Great is His faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each morning

It doesn’t matter if we’ve had a good year or a bad year. Why? Because His mercies are new EVERY MORNING! Every time the Lord is gracious enough to allow you to wake up from your sleep, you have a fresh, clean slate to start with. You don’t have to wait an entire year to make a new start. In fact, I am going to do my best to start every morning from now on as a new beginning. After all, that’s what it is.  I am going to put my trust in HIM and not a year on the calendar.

Oh – and the song that was on my mind along with everything else? The part that kept playing over and over in my head was this:

Seek justice,
Love mercy,
Walk humbly with your God.

And, I have to add, that I find it very fitting that as I was sitting here working on this post, I saw a young friend post this as her status on Facebook:

the only way we’ll ever stand is on our KNEES with LIFTED hands …make us courageous

That is another part of the exact same song. The song is COURAGEOUS and is sung by Casting Crowns. If you’ve never heard it, take a minute to not only listen, but REALLY pay attention to the words (which will be on the screen) and let them soak in.

What about you? Don’t you think it would be much better to start new every morning instead of waiting an entire year? Would love to read your thoughts about this in the comments.

Good morning everyone!

I was sitting here working on another post and suddenly I just felt that I needed to stop and do this instead.

Last Thursday (Dec. 29, 2011) the son of a good friend was injured in an accident at his workplace. He was crushed by a 100 ton forklift! His name is Dusty Roberts and he is 21 years old. In the days since the accident, God has done miracles in this young man to the point of amazing even the doctors.

Even though you may not know this young man, I am asking that you PLEASE PRAY for him and his family. If you are on Facebook, please go to this page PrayersFor DustyRoberts and request to be a friend so you can share prayers and encouraging words there and keep updated on his progress. I don’t know why God has impressed on me to do this, but I do know that we need as many prayers going up for him as we can get. I also know that he comes from a very special family and that family (even though I don’t see them often now) is very near and dear to my heart. As for Dusty, the last time I saw him he was probably 10 or 11. I just keep feeling this urgency of calling as many as possible to pray and it will not go away, so here I am asking you to please join with us.

For now, please pray specifically for his: Mother (Dee), Dad (Terry), Grandparents (Frank and Shirley) and Sisters (Amie and Jamie) and other family members. Also please pray for the doctors and nurses that are caring for Dusty.

You can get more updates on his progress at the facebook page. If you aren’t on facebook and would like to receive updates, then leave a comment on this blog and I will make sure you receive updates.

If you have a blog of your own, would you please consider posting a similar prayer request for Dusty? I know not very many people read mine and I really would like to get the word out to as many as possible. I would also like to know if you do post a prayer request, so would you leave a comment and let me know that, too? Thanks!

Thank you to those who decide to join in and pray. Our God is an awesome, miracle-working God!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)

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