Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bringing in the New Year...


  And this is how I spent the last few hours bringing in the new Year...




...Introducing my old very well loved and well worn PINK Bible to my new Study Bible that I got for Christmas.  (Best Christmas Present Ever...love it.)

The first half of the evening I attended "Frozen" with my family at the movie Theater.  SUPER CUTE movie btw and it felt very appropriate as we walked into the frozen outdoor arena afterwards. "Elsa was here" could be heard by various family members as we entered our "Frozen-like" Van that takes forever to warm up. :-)  Once home, most of the older kids headed off for a party at a friends house and Mom and Dad headed to bed with the little ones.  As the house quieted down, the thought struck me that I should feel sorry for myself that I wasn't at a party tonight...with lots of friends...playing games...talking about New Years Resolutions.  It's probably one of the first years I haven't been at a New Years Eve Party. But I really didn't feel sorry for myself at all.  On one hand, I don't really have the energy to be at a party right now...and on the other hand...the thought of diving into a new study of Philippians really excited me.  The thought of spending time with Jesus...in His Word...I've been so hungry for His Word lately.  And not just to read it...but to really learn how to STUDY it.  This year, the main two things I'm asking the Lord to help me learn is how to pray and how to study His Word.  I love to read His Word...but I want to learn how to STUDY it.   That's why I LOVE my new Inductive Study Bible.  It's NOT a commentary Bible (although I have nothing against those)...it's a Bible that teaches YOU how to study the Bible for YOURSELF.  How to use the Bible to study the Bible.  The Word of God is so very powerful and everything we need to know truly is in that book...as long as we pray and ask for HIS wisdom to help us understand...the Holy Spirit is more than able to help us understand His Word.  

And so tonight...as I just said Goodbye to 2013 and Hello to 2014 I'm asking the Lord to "Keep me Near HIS CROSS" this year.  My eyes and heart so easily start wandering.  I'm asking Him to teach me to pray...to battle in prayer for others.  I'm asking Him to teach me how to study His Word...not just read it.  

Yes, I'm hoping to read more books, and write more letters.  Become a better cook and so many other traditional New Years Resolutions.  But in all honesty, none of those seem to matter in light of eternity.  Yes, they are important...and yes, I do want to improve in all of those areas.  But my main prayer is that I'll spend more time with Jesus this year.  More time at the foot of His cross...more time in prayer...and more time in His Word.  There's A MILLION other things I'd like to work on getting right in my life...but I know that they will all fall into place perfectly if I put Jesus first.

  
O Jesus, I have Promised

O Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
  My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
  If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
  If Thou wilt be my Guide.

Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
  The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
  The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
  Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
  And shield my soul from sin.

Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
  In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
  The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
  To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
  Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised
  To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
  There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
  My Master and my Friend.

Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
  And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
  Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
  Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
  My Savior and my Friend.


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God bless you with a *beautiful* day.

~Monica