Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

As I think back on the past year there are many thoughts that come to mind. I will not say that it has been an easy year because that would be a lie but I would say that amidst the many trials we have been through this year and the many many more blessings, that it has been a good year. Maybe the word "good" just doesn't mean what I thought it meant.

I do not have any desire to dwell on the hard times because I know by experience how miserable that makes a person. I do desire however, to glorify God in giving thanks to Him for all He has done for me this year. Some overt blessings and some blessings hidden in disguise but all blessings none the less and all things that have as Joni Erikson Tata says, " pulled and pushed me into the arms of my Savior where true joy is really found."

I am grateful for 2011 for it has been a year in which I fell so deeply in love with the word of God that it hurt. And now nothing can take it's place in my life. It gives me that true peace and joy that no hobby or tv show could ever give.

I am grateful for my husband who has been such a faithful person to follow. His love for my Savior and the word inspires me all the more which I realize is a huge blessing in this day and age.

I am grateful for my baby dolls. The most fun part of my life where my joy is never absent in their presence. They are two little sunshines in my heart.

I am grateful for so many things but above all my Savior who graciously gives me "new mercies every single morning" and whose "continued mercies" never come to an end for me. (Lamentations 3) Without Him, I would be so so lost in this world.

Again, I am making no other goals for this year but to know Him more, to fall deeper in love with my Savior. I love goals and in no way think they are wrong or out of place, but for me, this is my mission. To Galatians 1:10, to live to please my Savior above all else.

Yesterday, on the final day of 2011, God gave me the most beautiful insight to a scripture I have heard a thousand and one times. John 15, "I am the vine, you are the branches: He that ABIDES in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit: for apart from me, you can do nothing!." The Lord took me to the original definition of the word "abide" and there so plainly in the last line of the definition was the command He has been whispering in my ear for the past few months..... "to wait for." God is calling me to wait for Him, for Him to fulfill all the promises in the word He has given me and above all to "work everything out for my good" and His glory.

My prayer is that 2012 will be as "good" as 2011 was to us. 

from Annabelle & Adelyn
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Heather said...

Beautiful words, Ashley!! And so, so true. No one can read your blog without wanting more of Him, your words point straight to our Savior and your love for Him is contagious. I am praying blessings in abundance on your life in 2012.

Happy New Year to you :)

Ashley E. said...

Love this! And your girls are precious!!!