I usually write goals in the last pages of my journal, but there are too many white pages left and it will continue to be used into 2012, so as I sang and played piano with Shiloh this afternoon, I came across a song that will help me evaluate the past year. Shiloh didn't know the hymn and so we plunked it through slowly thinking of the words.
My wonderful Lord
I have found a deep peace that I never had known,
and a joy this world could not afford,
Since I yielded control of my body and soul
To my wonderful, wonderful Lord.
I've known Jesus for a long time. :) I accepted Him into my life when I was young, and I just know that He is my strength and shield and help in my life. I was also thinking of all the children who had come to know Him this past year. Oh so many. I pray that they will keep learning of Him and continue to grow spiritually. I also witnessed some adults come to know Jesus as their personal Savior too, and that makes me excited...especially to see their faithfulness in attending church and desiring to grow.
I desire that my life shall be ordered by Thee,
That my will be in perfect accord
With Thine own sovereign will,
Thy desire to fulfill,
My wonderful, wonderful Lord.
As I look back over the year there have been times when I struggled with my will - when I would prefer the air conditioning as opposed to the heat of summer. It gets me sometimes as I work with the horses. I seek out shade. Taking the campers around camp on trails that are out of the sun help tremendously. Those are the times when God answers my prayers with simple breezes that refresh. There are other times, too, through the year that I fight with what is not important and then keeping the right focus on God, family, and ministry. It is the stuff that gets in the way. Even today I am boxing up a "stuff" thing and sending out on so I can more focus on what is important.
All the talents I have I have laid at Thy feet.
Thy approval shall be my reward;
Be my store great or small,
I surrender it all
To my wonderful, wonderful Lord
What talents I have, please use them, Lord, for your glory. I will do my best to get better at talents You have put on my heart and in my life to give praise to YOU. In an artist's prayer it says, "...I offer myself to you as an instrument, and I open myself to your creativity in my life. Help me to create as an act of worship to You, my Creator." This past year I have struggled with whether or not to keep pursuing a particular talent, but now I do lay it at Your feet that You will use it as You see fit. I will enjoy the journey and love to practice and continue learning.
Thou art fairer to me that the fairest of earth,
Thou omnipotent, life giving Word;
O Thou Ancient of Days, Thou art worthy all praise
My wonderful, wonderful Lord.
As this year closes and a new one proceeds, I cling to the One who is in control. I can walk confidently and boldly each day knowing that He will guide my footsteps. Yeah for the new year!
Good verses from Proverbs 3 for the new year:
21.My son, let them not depart from your eyes -
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22.So they will be life to your soul
and grace to your neck.
23.Then you will walk safely in your way,
and your foot will not stumble.