Sunday, January 06, 2008

Don't wait

This weekend has been refreshing. Refreshing in a different but much needed way. I have been blessed with many rich conversations and words of truth. I feel encouraged. Deeply, in fact. And I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last few days. Its a new year and the possibilities are endless. I have absolutely NO idea what this year will hold, and though that is scary at times, its also exciting to think of what God can and will do in my life. I want to make myself available to Him. To be willing to follow, no matter how hazy plans may feel and no matter how easy it is to make excuses not to. I want to be faithful.

I was doing some reading last night before bed and came across Romans 5:6-11,

" When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God-- all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God."

What incredible hope we have. We can be friends of God, even in spite of ourselves. In our helpless state, Christ comes through and loves us no matter what. Great, deep, overwhelming love.
This new year will indeed hold many things. And I know there will be tough times in amongst the good, but what I pray is that I will choose to be faithful. Even when its 'easier' not to be. Even when I can come up with a million and one reasons not to spend time with Him (none of which are ever valid). I want to choose to receive his grace, and then extend it to others. I want him to mold me into the person he wants me to be. One day at a time.

As I drove home from church today, these lyrics brought encouragement and inspiration to make this a good year, no matter what the circumstances may be. May He give me the grace to do so.

Don't Wait
Adie Camp

Lazy day
Just room enough for me to think
and pray about each new day
Draw me from my drowning
apathetic state

Stormy day
Just watch the rain
melt all my doubt away
Fire away the heated arrows
to my lukewarm state

Don't wait, don't wish away
Today is going to be the day He made
Don't waste, one day is all
that we've got to give and take

Bend and break my mind and heart
to feel the urgent need
To take all I see
and pour my life into eternity

And take it all today
And give everything
And take it all today

Lazy day
You're in everything that comes my way.


Kendall & Sabrina said...

Bonnie...what an encouraging and hopeful post. The new year is an exciting time to anticipate how God will move in the year ahead. Thank you for challenging me to choose to be faithful in my walk as well. Blessings on your year ahead.

Jen said...

Love you Bon! I even posted just for you.

Trev & Rebekah said...

By you being willing and open to be faithful no matter what the call, God will bless your attitude and willingness. Can't wait to see what He does in your life.

Lettner Family said...

I am proud I know you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the deeper parts of life. There is always a temptation to keep our interaction with people so surface-y. It really is encouraging. We really do need each other in this oh-so-unpredictable world. Every blessing Bonnie B.