It’s a long story.
Maybe it’s my life story or maybe this story just seems long because I’m not quite sure how to express myself and if we were siting in front of each other over coffee, I would ramble on but you would understand…
For the past several years, I’ve joined friends and family in praying through our year in December and January and putting a name to it. It’s not always serious, hence my year named Biscuits (ironically enough, that was the year my health nose-dived, then re-energized when I cut out grains and sugar and we discovered Grace had a gluten intolerance). But it is about accountability and clarity.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit moves so clearly and distinctly in your life you can point a finger and say, “Aha! I know this is what I should do. This is the direction I need to go and here is what I need to do in the meantime to get there.” I love that. Clarity and vision are usually where I do well. I know what He requires of me (Micah 6:8) and everything else should fall under that heading. There have been times I’ve had my new year named by Thanksgiving. Oh but this year…
2015 finished hard, started hard and was hard in the middle. Life, family, ministry, self, marriage, children… not one thing that I hold dear was untouched.
But can I tell you something? Jesus was (and is still, and always will be) so good to me. He sets my feet on the rock and gives me a firm place to stand.
For a week now I’ve been humming a song:
I am resolved to go to the Savior; Leaving my sin and strife; He is the True One, He is the Just One, He has the words of life.
I am resolved to follow the Savior, Faithful and true each day; Heed what He says, do what He wills, He is the living way.
I know it’s not the flashiest hymn or really the one with the best tune, but those words… They jump out to me and I just can’t shake them.
So I am resolved.
And this morning in my time alone with the Lord He spoke to me from His word:
“But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1Corinthians 15:57-58
Steadfast. This year, steadfast. – Thanking Him for the victory of the last 12 months.
I am resolved, and who will go with me? Come, friends, without delay, Taught by the bible, led by the Spirit, We’ll walk the heavenly way.