I woke up in the early hours of Sunday morning. It was still dark outside with no sign of light for a few more hours. In circumstances such as this I would have normally turned over and gone back to sleep, but not this morning. On this particular Sunday morning I could feel God tugging on my heart.
Have you ever noticed that when God is trying to get your attention he usually does it halfway through the night? I like to believe that when I wake up in the night it is God calling me to spend some time with him, and that is what I did on this Sunday morning.
What did God tell me? Nothing in particular. What did I learn from God? How important it is to spend time with him.
Mark and I get married this year on 9th March. At that time we will really be starting our walk together. Our lives are very close right now, but living together is bound to bring more challenges, and hopefully strengthen our spiritual lives, no longer as two, but as one.
This year is full of uncertainty. Uncertainty regarding Mark’s work, my ability to step up to the role of helpmeet, our ability to serve each other, weather it will be sunny for our outdoor wedding, if my dress will be here in time, how to fit all his stuff into my house, but most of all, uncertainty on where God is going to lead us in our spiritual lives.
Amidst all this uncertainty, the best we can do is pray and say “Blessed be the name of the Lord” in all circumstances.
I can tell that this year is going to be God’s Year. Already he is working wonders in both our lives. It is not like he wasn’t before, but 2012 was a fairly relaxed year as far as spiritual turmoil, a refreshing rest after 2011.
This is the season for rejoicing in the Lord, for growing in Him and for prayer.
What are my New Years’ commitments?
- To pray more regularly and spend more time in reading God’s word.
- To listen to God more.
- To get more involved in his Church.
This morning I read the following Psalm and it spoke to my soul. I hope it blesses you too:
1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
May God bless each person who reads this blog. I pray that you experience God this year just like I have begun to.