Thursday, December 31, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I can't begin to tell you all the things I am thankful for in my life. I suppose though, without a doubt I am thankful for my husband. My best friend. I read recently about a young man who wasn't able to think of things to thank the Lord for. He said that he realized we are supposed to: I Thessalonians 5:16 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. He realized it's not always easy to give thanks when things don't seem to be going our way. He was going through a difficult time. He lost his job, as a result of that his wife and children left as well. He realized he was a paycheck from losing his apartment. What could he possibly give thanks for? No job, no family, no food and quite possibly no where to live. He went on to say that he set a timer for five minutes and started praising the Lord for his life. He went on stumbling at first, but coming up with a few more things to give thanks for. By the time his time was up he was feeling completely filled by the Holy Spirit. Nothing in his situation had changed. So why was he feeling overwhelmed with joy? He accepted the Lord and asked Him to come into his life. He realized at that moment things were going to start getting better for him. One year I could have been that man. In less than nine months, my employer downsized and I was laid off. A few weeks later I lost control of my car on the ice and totaled it. I lost my house, my precious dog died and then my Mother passed away too. Was I discouraged? Of course. But through it all my faith was strengthened. I knew I would get another job, and I did. I got another car, my Mother is in heaven. And we now have two precious puppies. I can't stop praising the Lord for how good He is to me. I can't think of a better time to celebrate His goodness than today. A new year begins. Have a safe and happy celebration tonight. Blessings and hugs to you all. Happy New Year!