Happy New Year! It's the first day of 2013. A fresh start. A new beginning. Some people start off the year with resolutions... things they want to accomplish during the next 365 days. Me, I'm not really a resolution kinda gal. Why, you ask? Because I usually don't follow through with them. So, I choose to not declare them and if I don't follow through, then, hey, that's OK. Can any of you relate to this line of thinking? I do admire those who make resolutions and keep them... And I have set one goal for myself that I plan to execute. And I feel hopeful about this goal because it has built in accountability AND a reward for following through. Those things keep me motivated, that's for sure!!
Quite frankly, I could make a list of resolutions and have the entire year planned out and there is no guarantee that any of my plans would come to fruition. That can be frustrating... unless we choose to trust in God and acknowledge that His plans may not be our plans. That's why Jeremiah 29:11-14 is resonating with me on this New Year's Day. It says:
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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a]” http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=jeremiah%2029:11-14&version=NIV
Don't you love how Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that even if our plans don't come through, that God knows the plans He has for us? And His plans are to prosper us, to not harm us and they are plans for hope and a future. That is some good news! This is definitely something to be thankful for.
So as you embark on your journey into 2013, know that God has plans for you this year. Plans that are unique for you. Plans that are good. Be on the lookout for where He's leading you. Be flexible if His plans don't sync up with your plans... because His plans are best, even if we can't see it at the time. And be confident that God surrounds you each and every day as Psalm 139:5-6 promises:
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Walk into 2013 with expectation and enthusiasm. God's got big plans for you. God's got big plans for me. God's got big plans for each of us... and we just need to follow His lead one day at a time.
Tonight, I am thankful for...
1. A fun and relaxing New Year's Eve get-together
2. Good friends to ring in the New Year with
3. Finger foods
5. A rowdy game of Spot-it
6. Kids playing and having fun
7. Sleep over
8. Relaxing day with friends
10. Jeremiah 29:11-14
12. Matthew 6:34
13. My parents not getting hurt when the bus they were riding in was involved in a wreck
14. The wise driving of the bus driver
15. God's protection
16. Safe arrival for my parents
17. Booby traps built by a three year old
18. The joy my three year old gets from building booby traps
19. My seven year old playing a new game with his friends
20. My goal for 2013
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 3,098 to go...