New is a great word, isn’t it? New, fresh, original, not dirty, pristine, I could continue but I think you get the point. Tonight as you count down the new year remember who you are.
“Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We rejoice because we’ve survived 2010 and whether or not its been a good year, we are excited about what will happen in 2011. ”Out with the old, in with the new!” We will shout. Exactly! Rejoice the old is gone, the new is here!
The New Year is three days away, and with it comes New Year Resolutions. Will you be making any?
I don’t make resolutions. If I don’t achieve them, or give up on them, it sets me into a very fast downward spiral that is just…well, pathetic really. Instead I make a “wish list”. This list includes things that I hope will happen in the coming year and then work toward making them happen. I purposely put some God-sized things on my list. God-sized items are those things I know I could never make happen in and of myself but are easy for Him to accomplish.
So dream God-sized dreams with me…what would be on your list? Next entry I’ll review some of my 2010 list with you and the God-sized things that happened. You do not have because you do not ask, that is what Scripture says, so you might as well ask. You never know what He wants to do for you.
It has become a Christmas Tradition of mine to watch The Nativity. It is one of my “must watch” movies of the season. (Along with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, cartoon version) I watch it every year and every year I fall more in love with Joseph.
Scripture does not speak much about the earthly father of Jesus. We see glimpses of his strong character, his desire to wholeheartedly seek God, and his lovingkindness towards Mary.
Men, strive to be like Joseph. Ladies, your Joseph is worth the wait.
Oh, and also, Merry Christmas. May your celebrations be free of family drama. May your hearts truly be merry. May your memories be long and your focus steadfast on the Savior, who was born in Bethlehem, and laid in a manger. He is Christ the Lord.
This weekend I saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third installment of the Chronicles of Narnia. I love the Pevensies and their adventures in Narnia. In this installment Lucy dealt with a classic woman issue–comparison. Lucy sees her older sister as beautiful and wants to be just like her. She doesn’t see her uniqueness or how beautiful she is.
We all do this. We all compare ourselves to someone else. We’re not as pretty as ____, or as funny as ______, or as outgoing as _______. Sometimes it comes in forms of “if only I could _________ then I wouldn’t still be single.
If there was a formula on the exact science of how to get married, I’m sure we’d have it boxed, marketed and sitting on store shelves by now. There isn’t a formula, because we are all unique individuals with a unique plan designed by God before the foundations of the world were formed.
So here’s the challenge–be you. Don’t be who you think people want you to be. Be you. Don’t measure your self-wroth by the TV models or the girl who is always dating someone else.
Be you. Allow yourself be free to be frazzled, sad, happy, or excited. Authenticity is contagious. And we live in a world hungry for authenticity.
As I was coming home last night my newly-married neighbor was out walking the dogs. We got to chatting about my new writing project and about how her husband quietly pursued her. During one of their discussions he told her:
“You were worth pursuing.”
As the conversation continued, he explained that he had dated some women who he did not feel were worthy the pursuit. Their character did not support how they portrayed themselves. Ladies–don’t be that girl. Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t.
Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”
He finds us. We do not throw ourselves at him. We wait and let him pursue. While we wait, we work on becoming a good thing worth finding. Become a woman worthy of his pursuit.
As I was walking from my car into my home last night I looked up. It was dark and cold and the stars looked brilliant against the night sky. It seemed simple. It was beautiful. Sunrises, sunsets, oceans, rivers, and forests are all a part of this amazing thing we call creation. We recycle because we want our children to be able to enjoy the beauty of it as well.
As my neck was beginning to hurt from staring at the sky, I was reminded of a conversation I had with some friends on Sunday evening. When we ask God to show us His glory, we often think of creation. Yet there is only one thing He created in His image–man.
If we want to see some of the most intricate, beautiful, glorious works of creation, we need to look at each other. We need to rest fully in the fact that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, woven together and thought about before the foundation of the world.
That, ladies, is what makes us beautiful. It’s the quiet and solid understanding of these truths that enable us to enjoy whatever season of life we are in. We were created in the image of God. And everyday we have the opportunity to reveal His glory.
When I sat around the table with some of my favorite singletons last September and asked what they’d like to see on this blog, there was a lot of “How do I…” questions.
“How do I get him to ask me out?”
“How do I let people know I’m more than just my marital status?”
“How do you know what he means when he says ________?”
These are all valid questions. However, none of them have one answer. As different people have different relationships the answers to these questions will vary. (I’m inclined to believe that whatever a guy says, he means. Women really don’t have to read into anything.)
If you’d like some good insight into why he’s not asking you out, check out Andy Merrick’s blog post. It’s a very informative nine part series I think will be very helpful.
But even more than you seek the answers to these questions, seek Christ more. His knowledge is as limitless as His love for you. He will fulfill your every need and He will bring to life the desires He places on your heart. Trust Him more than whatever answers to these questions you may find.
I know, I know…this blog is becoming very random. But…well…I’m random, what else did you expect?
While I was home visiting my family, unsure of what God has next for His Kingdom through me, it was impressed upon my heart to start a prayer team. I have no idea what this will look like, but if you’d like to join with me in prayer for the Kingdom in general and me specificially, please email me at email@example.com.