Well, it's here!
A brand, spanking new year - 2015!
The ball dropped at midnight and here we are - faced with a clean slate, so to speak;
a new year with no mistakes in it - - yet!
Resolution - the quality of being resolute; something that has been resolved; a formal statement of a decision.
Resolute - characterized by firmness, determination and often loyalty.
Resolve - to make a firm decision about; to find a solution to; firmness of purpose; resolution.
Funny thing, I can make a firm decision, a very firm decision not to eat chocolate anymore, but then, I have to walk that decision out. Aaaah, but that's where the rubber meets the road and somehow, when faced with that piece of chocolate, I completely forget my decision!!
This morning as I was pondering all of this, I was also pondering the marvels of grace. It takes grace to walk out my resolutions. I simply can't carry them out on my own.
Maybe you can. Maybe you're stronger than I am and when you make a decision, you stick to it.
But something happens, or doesn't happen, when I make a decision. I, more often than not, find that I am, in my own flesh, powerless to follow through on that decision. I look at that piece of chocolate and think, oh, just this once won't hurt anything. But then once becomes twice, and so on! You know what I'm talking about!
I look at my hopeless situation and the realization sinks in, that no matter how much I resolve to do something different and godly about it, I'm still hopeless!!
I need help.
Boy, do I need help.
So, this morning, I sat down and wrote out my list.
The Things I Need Grace For in 2015
1 - I need grace to go to bed at a decent hour.
2 - I need grace to eat healthy on a regular basis.
3 - I need grace to be consistent in my physical exercise.
4 - I need grace to discipline myself to write on a regular basis.
5 - I need grace to be thankful in all things.
6 - I need grace to love others as Jesus loves me.
7 - I need grace to extend the grace and mercy the Lord extends to me.
8 - I need grace to see God in all things, at all times, in all faces.
9 - I need grace to love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind.
10 - I need grace to fully live every minute of every day of this year to God's glory.
11 - I need grace to be patient.
11 - I need grace to be patient.
In all things, at all times, His grace is sufficient. As I lean continually into Him, He gives me the grace I desperately need in all situations.
"And he said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
As I lean not unto my own understanding and trust Him; as I pray at that moment of temptation; as I choose to listen to Him, His grace pours over me and I am enabled in the thing I most need grace for.
I don't understand how it works; I can barely define or explain it; I only know it does. I only know Him. I am as the blind man who said, "I don't know who He is. All I know is I was blind and now I can see!"
Today's list is only 11 items long, but it will be added to daily, I'm sure, as I walk through the ups and downs, ins and outs, of 2015.
12 - I need grace to pray for grace.
13 - I need grace to trust that He will provide ALL that I need.
14 - I need grace. . . . . .
I've started my own Grace-Needs Journal for 2015. It will become my prayer journal as I jot down my grace-needs on a regular basis.
What do you need grace for in 2015?
I would love to hear from you about your areas of grace-need and perhaps we can pray for each other throughout this coming year.