Friday, January 2, 2009

A Year With No Regrets

A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31: 30

The start of a new year is often filled with excitement, and we entertain thoughts of how different this year is going to be and how we are going to change our lives for the better. We start out filled with hope and good intentions only to find things unchanged at the end of the year.

Making resolutions is easy, but keeping them is another story. As I look back over my own past I remember making new years resolutions every year, and most of the time I never made it through the first week keeping them. Often I never even made it to the end of the first day! Most of us desire to change, but yet we continue on exactly as we are. Pretty soon days turn to weeks and weeks to months and another year passes. If we aren't careful our life will pass by in a flurry of activity, and the gifts and talents God gave us to use for His glory will never bear fruit.

If we profess to be Christian women, then we need to be concerned first and foremost about our spiritual growth. We live in a time when shallow faith abounds everywhere we turn. Lets choose to make 2009 a year of spiritual renewal and growth. Lets take a stand for biblical truth and stop being women who are tossed about and led astray by all the worldly attractions that leave us feeling empty and stunt our spiritual growth. We need to get back to being women who fear the Lord and live our lives for His glory.

We can resolve to be women who fear the Lord and walk in His ways. We can't do it on our own, but when we surrender our lives to Him and allow Him to guide our footsteps we can rest assured that we are headed in the right direction in the new year and in every year to come. We can be strong women, even though our bodies may feel weak and weary, because He is our strength. We need not fear darkness, because He is the light. He will set us free from any habits that enslave us, because He is our deliverer. He is our comforter, the one who wipes away our tears in the night. We need not fear anything, because his everlasting arms surround us, shelter us, and protect us. In moments of weakness his grace is always sufficient, and He provides a way out of every temptation that comes our way.

We can change for the better in the coming year if we surrender our lives to Him and seek to follow Him each day. We can have a year that is fruitful and productive; a year filled with the blessings that comes from obedience to His word; a year filled with spiritual growth; a year with no regrets. The choice is ours to make.

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