Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
How is your walk with the Master? He gives us each new day to begin again with Him. He wants us to talk to Him, praise Him, and love Him. He wants to talk to *us* as well! The main way He does that is through His Word. If your Bible is not being opened and read enough...how can you know what He is trying to tell you?
This new year is the perfect time to begin, if you don't already, to spend time with Him *every* day. For me, it is in the early hours of the morning, before the rest of the house wakens. Maybe for you, the best time is at night...or during naptime in the afternoon. Start small and work your way up. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to read too much or pray for an hour. That may happen for a few days (or even weeks) but eventually, you'll putter out. Start with reading a few verses...ask God to show you what you can learn from these. Praise Him and love Him. Lay your worries and needs at His feet.
You will find that your relationship with the Father grows and grows... as each day, then each week, then each month passes. You will find yourself craving more of His word and time with Him. :) You will find yourself desiring to walk with Him and talk with Him every moment of the day...consulting Him in everything you do.
This is the best way to live your life...in constant communication with God. It doesn't mean your life will be *easy*...but it does give you a peace and security that you are walking the path that God has for you. You belong to Him and oh, how He loves you.
Have you read books by Corrie Ten Boom? When her sister, Betsie, and she were in the concentration camp from the Nazis...they kept a New Testament hidden with them to share Jesus with the other prisoners. They had room checks...but because their room was infested with terrible fleas, their bunks were skipped from room checks...allowing them to keep God's Word and share it with more people. It was miserable and torcherous there...but they were grateful for the fleas so they could share the Good News with more people!!! Can you imagine? When you suffer...remember:
~Betsie Ten Boom
Just keep walking with God...and know He is using you for good. :)
Things have been cold here in PA, although we were not hit by the major snow storm many others were slammed with. We are blessed that our wood stove is keeping us warm and toasty in our home. **Although some upcoming weather predictions say that we may get into the 40 or 50 degree temps for the next few days!!
A couple of the *girls* enjoy some scratch. This scratch was put in by Xavier...he doesn't sprinkle it all over properly for them to "scratch" for it ;)...
Jack-the-cat (he always visits me when I go out to tend to the stove!)...
She's getting a bit bigger and her coat is getting nice and thick to keep her warm through the cold winter!
Inside is warm and holds nice, light fragrances throughout the house...
The children love drawing and coloring...
A painting by Madelyn...it is of Cookie Monster. I think she did such a great job with it!
The latest book I have been reading is The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot...
I am really enjoying it. It teaches a lot and is enjoyable overall to read. I whole-heartedly recommend it. If you have already read it, I would love to know what you thought of it! :)
I hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve and Day! Ours will probably be spent quietly....playing games together and eating popcorn...maybe watch some movies as well. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to talk to you again, in *2011*!