Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Forward to 2011...

I have never really been one who makes New Year's Resolutions...I guess I just don't like setting myself up for failure. lol   I do, however, try to set some spiritual goals for myself at the beginning of each new year; i.e. Scripture memorization, journaling, Bible reading plans, books I want to read, etc.

I LOVE the idea of having a "fresh slate" every January 1rst.  For the previous year's goals that I failed to reach, I have a brand new opportunity to start over and do better in the new year. For the goals that I WAS able to attain in the previous year, it is a time to reevaluate and "set the bar a little higher" in the new year.

I can hardly believe how fast the year 2010 has gone by. It has been a difficult year, but it has also been one in which I have learned so much and seen God's hand on my life in so many ways.  I would not trade the difficulties of the year for all the life lessons that I have learned through the process.

As I was riding home on Tuesday, I was listening to the radio and thinking about the new year that is right around the corner and some of the things that I hope to accomplish next year.  A lyric to a Casting Crown song that I have heard many times suddenly jumped out at me and I have not been able to get it off my mind.  The lyric was,

"I want to sign Your name to the end of this day, knowing that my heart was true...".  

I couldn't help but wonder how many days in 2010 that I would actually have been able to sign His name to?  

How many days did the words I said and the things I did bring a smile to Him? 

How many days was I His hands and feet to reach a dying world?

Oh, how I want to be able to sign His name to the end of each day, knowing that my heart was true. If I could do that, then 2011 would surely be a year with no regrets and would definitely be my BEST year yet! If I could do that, I would be one step closer to that day when I will hear those words that I so long to hear from Him, "Well done, Thou good and faithful servant".

So for the year 2011, Lord....

May the words I say and the things I do bring a smile to You, God.

May my life be a living sacrifice so that I will be Your hands and feet to a dying world that is very much in need of You.

Give me Your eyes to see the things that I keep missing.

Remove all the distractions that are constantly competing for my attention and keep me focused only on You.

Quieten all the "voices" that are "screaming" at me to listen to them and give me only ears to hear Your still small voice. 

Give me Your love for humanity. 

And this time next year as 2011 comes to a close...
                     I pray that I would be able to sign Your name to it, 
                                                                                  knowing that my heart was true.


Jacquie said...

Great post, Emilie! I've missed you!

MiMi said...

Aww...thanks, Jacquie. I have missed you as well. I am going to try my best to get back to I miss it so much. I miss hearing from all of my sweet friends around the country that God has blessed me with.
I pray that you and your family have a blessed new year!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

I too love to start over each new year with a "clean slate".....

Holds such promise, I feel!!

Glad to see you back! Happy 2011!!


MiMi said...

Thanks for your comment, Beth --it is good to be back! ( :

Hope all is well with you and may God bless you in the new year!

petrii said...

Oh Em, I so want to be able to do the same thing. 2010 has been hard in many ways for us to, but I as well learned many lessons that I wouldn't trade.
Love you friend,