Thursday, January 1, 2009

To Live God's Word

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This is the time of the year that most of us reflect on the past year and look ahead or plan ahead for the New Year. For me, I am going to think like Paul as he wrote to the church in Philippians 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” None of us truly know our future here on earth, but I do know what lies ahead for me…. Heaven! Don’t know when, but I do know that is my future home! Praise the Lord! But I do know one thing, if I focus on, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “(Philippians 4:8), and I “keep putting into practice all you (I) learned from me (Paul – or God) and heard from me (Paul – or God) and saw me (Paul or God) doing, and the God of peace will be with you (me).”

What we put into our mind determines what comes out in our words and actions. We need to read God’s Word and pray and ask God to help us focus our minds on what is good and pure. It takes practice, but it can be done. It’s not enough to hear or read the Word of God or even to know it well. We must also put it into practice. How easy it is to listen to a sermon and forget what the preacher said. How easy it is to read the Bible and not think about how to live differently. How easy it is to debate what a passage means and not live out the meaning. Exposure to God’s Word is not enough. It must lead to obedience.

According to the above scriptures, if I put into practice to focus my mind on what is good and pure, and diligently practice to know and live God’s Word, then His peace will guard my heart and mind as I live in Christ Jesus. God’s peace will live in me. This does not mean I will not have any sorrow, sickness, or tribulations in 2009. Although this would be wonderful! It means that I will have God’s peace in me no matter what happens in 2009. Good or bad, God’s perfect peace will live in me and through me – no matter what 2009 brings.

What do I look forward to in 2009? To know and live God’s Word out loud so I can have God’s marvelous, comforting, unwavering peace within me!

I do want to thank some people that have made 2008 bearable for me:

Thank you to my husband, Jim, my daughter, Heather, my son in law, Karl, and my grandson, Travis. I can not imagine my life without any of you! You are all my joy, my help, my loves.

Thank you to my extended family who also love me unconditionally. Especially my sister, Marsha . Even though we are many miles apart, we are very close in heart! Thank you for introducing me to the blogging world and all my beautiful blogging friends!

Thank you to the three Debs who clean our apartment. We appreciate your time and sacrifice to minister to us.

To my mom who loves me more than words could ever express. I love her deeply and appreciate her prayers and encouragement through the many miles that separate us.

Thank you to all of YOU... my blogging friends who have made my life so rich and full with your friendships and encouragement. I truly appreciate each and everyone of YOU! Love you!

And last but certainly not least... I thank the Lord my Savior for his love, grace, mercy, comfort, hope....I am so unworthy, but I am so thankful... I can not imagine my life without YOU LORD!

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Denise said...

Happy New Year Sweetie, I love you.

Homesteader in Training said...

Oh Michele. I loved this. How encouraging and so true about putting the word of God into practice. I love your heart my friend.
hugs to you.

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful message Michele. There is much that you said that is an echo of things I have said/believe and live. I am grateful to our LORD for His presence and encouragement in our lives. He is awesome.

I dedicate 2009 to Abba Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. May we lift up the Name of Jesus and bring honor and glory to Abba through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. May 2009 find our lives even more surrendered to HIM. Praise the LORD and Blessed New Year.

luvmy4sons said...

A great list for which to be thankful! My post today was on Home...I laughed when you mentioned Heaven in your list...I don't know why my thoughts went toward Heaven on this first day of hte New Year...well, it often does on every day!

He And Me + 3 said...

A perfect post. Encouragement, Thankfulness, Wisdom & God's word...all wrapped up in one. Love it! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Jennifer said...

Those are a few of my favorite scriptures! We truly need to put into practice what we believe...we have to be HIS LIGHT in a dark and dying world.

Thank you for being such an encouragement to me through your writings.

May God pour out His blessings on you and yours in 2009.

Happy New Year and Happy TT!


Grammy said...

I am so glad you had so many wonderful people in your life. and hope 2009 brings you many blessings.

Nancie said...

A very blessed and joyous New Year to you, Michele! Thank God for His loving-kindness and blessings upon you. Thank you for sharing your thankful heart with us. May God's love, mercies and blessings continue to surround you and your family this year.

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements. I thank God for you. You have been a great encouragement to me. May the joy of our Lord continue to be your strength as you walk with Him and serve Him this year. Take care God bless!

samantha said...

Looks like God is showing us some of the same things this New Year!

I hope you have a great 2009!

bp said...

"What we put into our mind determines what comes out in our words and actions." I TOTALLY agree with you on this.

Happy New Year to you. The flower at the bottom is such a pretty graphic. You find the neatest stuff to put on your posts!!