When you have experienced a difficult year, the temptation is to cover yourself with camouflage in hopes the New Year cannot determine your whereabouts. The truth is....that is not what you really want. Truly - HOPE does spring eternal.
Continuing on with Lessons Learned From The Class of 2013 (Part 2):
I have learned that I will NEVER stop praying for the healing of others up until the very last breath - whichever one comes first - theirs or mine.
I have learned that your hope, joy, peace can be built on none other than Christ alone.
I have learned to embrace the flawed parts of my life; body and soul. For that is the sum total of what Christ deemed worthy to purchase with His life.
I have learned that facing my failures have not only become my credentials for ministry or the stepping stones to a different outcome for my future, but the pathway for deliverance (if heeded) for others. Jesus said those I have forgiven much - love me much and that is a fact!
Once you deal with the bitter - your capacity for the sweeter becomes enlarged.
I have learned that FEAR IS THE ULTIMATE LIAR, and offences keep you frozen in time.
I have come to terms with the fact that the "Word" is like a fire shut up in my bones!
Sadly, I have also learned that there are just some things that simply are NOT to be resurrected. There is rest in trusting God's ways are higher than our ways.
I have learned that being alone does not necessarily make you desperate or lonely.
I cherish my sense of humor as part of my heritage - along with the gray hair. The gray hair is proof positive that I survived another year. The sense of humor has served me well as a life preserver.
I have learned the true power of the blessing and covenant relationships.
I am thankful to discover that I can bring beauty and organization into chaos - I can perceive value in what others may deem worthless, broken or beyond repair.
Probably one of the biggest life lessons I have learned in this year's class...murmuring and complaining transforms the ground beneath you into quicksand. It is then possible for you to lose your life stuck in one spot.
As I close...I was seeking the Lord as to how I should begin the New Year. Although, I had no one to kiss at the closing of the old year and the beginning of the new - I felt a surge of hope. I felt the Lord instructed me to stay up and turn on my front porch lights as if I were expecting a new friend.
HAPPY NEW YEAR & WELCOME 2014!