This is what the Lord says, ... "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."— Isaiah 43:16,18-19 (NIV)
Forget the former things! Do not dwell in the past! Perfect words for us today as we begin to prepare our hearts, minds, and life for change! God is doing a new thing every single day within us, if we allow Him that pleasure. We were not created to stay the same. IN fact, nothing in our life stays the same except ONE thing! HIM! God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we have all heard that. BUT I would like to offer up another thought. Even though God stays the same, the more we grow and allow Him to change us I think He reveals himself in a different way to us. In reality though, I think it is us who see's the "new" things in the Lord, because we change and are able to handle it.
The more I give of me to the Lord, (Of my time, talent, all of me) the more I see God in the light that He should be seen in. As I begin to prepare for the new year, I am laying down all the areas of my life that I don't openly include God into. It's almost like we put Him in a box and allow only certain areas of our life up to Him, as if we are doing HIM a favor!?!
I am ready to receive that new thing ~ not just in my finances, my health, my marriage, but in ALL areas of my life. From how I clean my house, to how many games of Jenga I play with the twins. I want His blessings in all I do, not just a portion of it anymore. I want the things I make with my hands (whether it be food or crafts) to be a blessing and to be blessed. I want the conversations I have to be uplifting and monumental, not just words spoken as hot air leaves my body. I don't want words to be just that. Words. I want MORE!
As you ponder your changes for 2011, please remember to allow Him in! Allow God to move within you sharing with you His heart on your life. You might just be surprised at the things God is moving you to become, so much more then you ever can imagine!