Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In Perfect Weakness

A new year
A new start
A new chapter
Full of possibilities and endless horizons
I can honestly say that I have never been more excited for a new year
I know the Lord has place dreams and goals I see coming into fruition this year 
I will share more on those later! 

In any case, a new year means new years resolutions
I always like the "idea" of them but never have really made them
Probably because I was scared I would fail and my weakness would show
If New Years resolutions are to make us better people, isn't that what God is trying to do everyday?
I don't know about you, but God sure has His way of showing me where I am weak
Almost every single day

As a new year begins
I think I need less goals and resolutions
and more God and His solutions.
- Pastor Judah Smith
The City Church
It is not an easy fight
But remember this...
Jesus is a friend of sinners
His Grace surounds us
EVERY single day

"My Grace is sufficient for you, for my Power is made in perfect weakness."Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ' power may rest on me"
2 Corinthians 12:9 

This doesn't mean that we should go around and boast about our weak ways
I mean who ever wants to admit they have any weakness?
Definitely not me!

The world may make us believe that we are weak
The world may say that we need to work harder and make a better attempt
The world may say our resolutions are a way of telling us we failed this past year

But you know what God says?
He says that through our weakness, we are made perfect 
That through our weakness, He will shine
Through our weakness, He will use us 

Yes, it is always good to have a self check on areas we need to work on
Yes, we are called to set goals and set a plan to reach them 
There is nothing wrong with reminding ourselves to love more
To read more
To forgive more
To travel more
To workout more
To take bigger risks

However, come mid-january and you realized you skipped your morning workout, slipped up and swore...again... or ate a cheeseburger

Remember you are not weak...
...YOU never fail in the eyes of the Lord 

"When we have done a face plant in the dirt because of our own selfishness or personl weakness, 
He picks us up off the ground, dust us off, and wraps His arms around us. 
He strengthens and sanctifies us as we go. 
He loves us more than He hates our sins. 
He will not forsake us on this journey."

- Susie Larson Your Beautiful Purpose 

May 2014 be full of faith, strength, boldness and adventure
May we never lose the wonder of our Lord and what He is doing in our lives 

"O' Lord, you are my God, I will exalt you and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, 
things planned long ago."
Isaiah 25:3

Lord, I thank you for showing me where I am weak, not just for the new year but daily. 
 I am more thankful that you use my weaknesses for Your glory and that I am made perfect.
 I am stronger because of them. 
I know your light shines through me when my weakness are exposed. 
Thank you for showing me that I do not need to be perfect and that I will fail according to the worlds standards but with you I will not fail. 
Thank you for the many blessings that are coming my way in 2014 and thank you for having them already planned. 
In Jesus' name. Amen


Lisa and I 
I rang in the New Year with some of the best friends a gal could have
My friend Lisa and her boyfriend Rob were up from Cali for the holidays
Our friend Sarah and Chris came to dinner with us as well
Sarah, Lisa and I all went to high school together
And you know how girls can get when they haven't seen each other for awhile!
We started the evening at a reasonable expensive dinner
Funny story, we always go to this place for Happy Hour so you could say we were shocked at the actual dinner prices!
However, we got a good laugh out of it as we shared and reminisced over our Europe trip in 2008 and dreamed about many more to come! 

Our friend Lacy, also high school friend, came after dinner
Lacy, Sarah and I
We then went to a local park watch the fireworks from the Space Needle
A Seattle landmark
The park was crowded 
An unpleasant smell was everywhere 
( I am sure you can guess what it was being in WA State) 
We could not even see the needle because of the crowd or fog 
Not the romantic park, firework fantasy I was thinking
But, when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1st, 2014 
None of that mattered
We were together
Ringing in the new year hopeful that truly the best is yet to come!

We had photo overload- you know how girls get! :)

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