As I think about my first 2018 post, I look back on 2017 knowing right from the very first month that God was going to take care of me and my family through a difficult year. It was tough on quite a few different fronts. Yet Jesus walked with me in each and every day. Sometimes I think – why does it matter that I love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind? At the end of such a year and the reflecting on this new year, it matters a lot – I believe I am giving God a window to be a blessing in my life.
But the Lord was pleased with Noah, and this is the story about him. Noah was the only person who lived right and obeyed God. – Genesis 6:8-9 CEV
As much as blessings are great, and they are – for they are visible expressions of God caring for me and others can see that I have His favour – promises are even better. God’s promises are rock solid and every one of the them points to me the incredible and detailed expressions of just how much God cares. They are only visible when I am confident in them and people around me can see that they demonstrate in my life that God is a priority.
Now you have set boundaries,
so that the water will never
flood the earth again. – Psalm 104:9 CEV
I mean, would I forgive the people who hung me on a cross? Can I forgive those in leadership over me that do not understand the abuse they had out every day? What about family members who just want to hurt because they cannot get their own way? Yes, 2017 had some bad memories and I know God wants me to forgive and many I have and will probably still forgive in 2018.
Jesus was angry as he looked around at the people. Yet he felt sorry for them because they were so stubborn. Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did, and his bad hand was healed. – Mark 3:5 CEV
Yes, my love affair is with God. It is His Holy Spirit that sustains me, heals me, cares for me, extends the power of His grace and peace to me and like a hen gathers me under His wings. Wow – can I do that for those who have hurt me and who have been stubborn? Yes, because the promises of God that are true for me are true for them. Looking forward to a great 2018 being more like Jesus.
Lord, I am yours. Let me demonstrate You are my priority this year. I want to care as much as You do. Let people look at me and say I have my Father’s eyes. Amen.