We awoke this morning to a new year. This is a day known for new beginnings for many. New years resolutions are promised, only to be soon forgotten. It’s a day recognized as a starting point. Out with the old and in with the new.
I love that as a Christian, one that has been forgiven all, every day is a clean slate. I wake up every morning and instead of resolving to “do better” today, my resolve is to know more today. To know my Savior better when I lay my head down tonite.
I want to see something in Him I’ve never before noticed, to hear the still small whisper that lets me know He’s ever present, or to feel His touch as He gives me someone to love or comfort.
I embrace each day as a new beginning, because each one is hand crafted by Him. And every morning that He wakes me up into the day He has made, the hunt for treasures begins. The treasures He’s placed in this day for me to find.
Happy New Year to those who don’t know the pleasure of being His. Happy New Day to those who share His joy with me.
Such a big word with so many layers. In 1971, when I first “heard” that Jesus loves me, I would have confidently answered “YES” if asked was I surrendered. Boldly I could stand with arms lifted high and sing “I surrender all” and with my whole heart mean it.
As the years unfold God gently reveals to me unsurrendered places I have safely hidden away. I struggle to release each and every stronghold he brings to light. It’s been a lifelong process that has taught me; I’m never fully surrendered.
This year the gift Jesus has given me is the awareness that by coming to earth He was committing Himself to a life of complete surrender. He began as a helpless infant entrusting Himself to the care of Joseph and Mary. He trusted that they would not drop Him. His days spent here on earth were an example to us of total surrender to a loving heavenly Father.
Jesus is the only person ever born that can honestly sing that song. When I hear it now, I close my eyes and picture Him hanging with arms open wide singing “I surrender all” but I don’t sing along. That honor goes to Him alone.
He paid a debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
And now I sing a brand new song Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay!
I love the anticipation that is in the air this time of year. I feel it just as I did as a child, only now instead of hoping to receive, my hopes are for others. The greatest gift ever given is the Son of God. He’s the only gift we will never tire of, He will never break, wear out or stop working. He is the perfect gift and once we receive Him the only gift we’ll ever need.