A friend of mine recently told me that she had chosen a word to represent her goal for the year. She printed it, found a verse to go with it and even had her children to do the same. It is easier to focus on one word so I thought I would give it a try. My word for the year is humility. The synonyms for this word is lowliness, meekness, submissive. God has been using this particular word in my heart for a little while now and unfortunately instead of embracing what God is teaching me I have been ignoring it.
So now I am putting forth effort to embrace it.
God places a lot of importance on the character of humility. Of course the ultimate expression of humility is Jesus Christ. His humility is perfect, and thankfully because I am His I can claim that perfect humility. I am learning that with His help I can joyfully experience ways to show humility to my husband, to my children, to my family and friends more and more because of what He has already done for me on the cross. Knowing and understanding what He has done gives me greater joy to cultivate the character of humility. He says in Isaiah 66:2 that is what he looks for in His people. We can be humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at His word because of what Christ has done. I am thankful.
“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
I am beginning my year off by reading the book “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It is a wonderful book. It is helping me to remember my identity in Christ, which helps me to be humble. It may seem silly to need to be reminded of that since I am a Christian, but sometimes I don’t always live like my identity is in Christ, which then in turn does not help me to show humility. Instead I find myself being the opposite of humble. So I am glad that this book is helping me towards my goal. It is a great read, I recommend it!
What can your word be for the year? Here are some words a few friends have chosen: kindness, unconditional, learn, patience. Continue the theme by picking a verse and maybe even a praise song to go with your word.
Then see what God does.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
My prayer is that all of you will enjoy your time as you marvel at our Savior’s birth. What a precious time it is to share with your children and family the goodness of Christ!
Thank you to all of you who have supported me this year in my Tritzi making. Thank you for those of you who have stopped by here to read my posts, I appreciate it greatly. Here are the highlights of the year:
* I mailed my flowers to 18 states, and 1 out of country.
* I made flowers for the little girls at the Haiti Rescue Center.
* I sold my flowers at three locations. A MOM to MOM sale in Macomb, MI, an Apple Festival in Kimmswick, MO, and a craft fair in St. Charles, MO.
* 1 shop bought my flowers to sell in her store.
So overall I feel very good about the year. I have enjoyed making my flowers and I look forward to what God has in store for my little business this next year! I’ll be back to post in 2011.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. 51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” 55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. 57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001)
I was listening to the Newsboys this morning and one of their songs was encouraging to think about so I thought maybe you would too. The chorus in the song says
“God loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is.”
1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
I am thankful that it is about Him and not what I can do or will do. I am thankful that He loves me despite who I am.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom He is please!'”
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.”
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrows 11:1
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone has a great time thinking about all that they are thankful for on this wonderful day. I know I have been thinking about many different things I am thankful for but the one that stuck out for me is the gift of faith. God has allowed me to understand that there is more in this life than myself and even my family. It is about who He is and His story. Having this knowledge gives me joy. I hope it gives you joy too.
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.”