Wow, the last day of 2009 fell on me to write a post for KJV Directory. The next post will be typed in a brand new year: Twenty-ten. I've thought much about 'time' lately. Seems like yesterday, I was still in school, still under the care of my parents, getting married, giving birth to two sweet babies, rocking and singing to those babies, teaching my children their alphabet and numbers, going to Little League games, attending ballet recitals, and the list goes on. I am now two short months away from celebrating my forty-fifth birthday, six months away from celebrating Scot and my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, and about 17 months from ending our home school journey. TIME. Time moves at the very same pace as it did when I was a little girl, but I do know that it seemed like it took forever and a day for my birthday and Christmas to arrive each year.
To be honest, I struggle with this TIME thing. I am a creature of habit; I like things the same; but TIME has always been like this; it stands still for no one. Webster says that Time is every moment there has ever been or ever will be. That is a very deep definition to think on. Time is a gift, a responsibility. In the Bank of Time, there are 864,000 seconds a day. What have I done with those precious moments of time in my almost forty-five years? Regrets? Oh yes, I do have regrets. But, I can say even with the regrets staring me in the face, time has been on my side. I have been loved all my life, I have loved all my life, I have met some of the most wonderful people in the world, I have played until I could play no more, I have laughed until I hurt, and I also have had moments of what felt like never ending tears to pour from my eyes.
The day of my fortieth birthday, someone asked if turning forty bothered me. I told them that the age really didn't bother me, just the time that had so quickly passed to get me to this milestone. But, I went ahead to say that should my life end for some reason, I had been blessed with a good life and I wouldn't be able to complain.
Am I going to make a New Years Resolution? Resolution- Fixedness of mind, perseverance. A thing determined upon, decision as to future action. Resolute- fixed and firm in purpose, determined. I love that word Fixedness. Fixedness is not in my dictionary, but Fixed is. Fixed- firmly in place, established; settled, unchanging, ... That makes me think of my salvation that was so freely given to me. My salvation is fixed; it's firmly in place, it's established, and it's settled! That makes this Baptist gal wanna shout a great big "Hallelujah!"
I usually do make New Years resolutions, and the resolutions usually involve weight loss and Bible reading. Can you relate? And sad to say, I usually plow through for a few weeks with success and then I get slack. The newness of the New Year wears off.
I'm thinking I will not make a resolution this year; at least nothing specific. I do want to read and study Romans 12 and 13 and try to apply those chapters to my life. Here are just a few of those verses: A quick warning: these two chapters in the Word of God are not very popular anymore, so read at your own risk! Anyone who should attempt to apply these scriptures to their lives could possibly be considered a 'weirdo'. (smile)
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:9-15
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:10-14
The year 2009 is coming to a fast close. It is a year that will probably always stand out in my memory. This time last year, I would never have thought that 2009 would hold the things it did for me and my family. There was sadness and hurt, unanswered questions, more moves than I liked!, but the good news to all of that is this...Our great big unchanging God never left us or forsook us; He was our comfort, He was our peace, He was our joy, and He was our hope. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I learned that when you don't know what to do; just pray and do nothing. God came through for us in ways that we wouldn't have even known to have ask for. Even in the midst of pain, hurt, fear, and disappointment, God was real and He was faithful and true. I can stand on that dear friends. I don't know what my future holds, but I do know Who holds my future! 2009 also held many good things. We have a new church family, Cale's Spartan Team (Cross Country) did great, Noelle celebrated her 21st birthday, we are all healthy as far as we know, and good memories were made with family and friends.
In closing, I want to share with you three more verses that I hope we will remember all the days of our lives...and the last sentence would be our prayer each day.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:10-12
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26
That is my prayer for each of you in 2010.
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