A NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

A New Years Resolutions?

Welcome 2014.

Welcome 2014.

To make a resolution or not? Hummmmmmm…….A New Year’s resolution is a secular tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day. (Wikipedia)

Does this work? Not generally.  More than likely, NO!

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. If a person were to share their resolution with an other person it will raise your goal set 10 – 22% more. Peer pressure tends to hold people to a higher accountability. (Wikipedia)

Resolutions......? Hmmmmm.....

Resolutions……? Hmmmmm…..

Back to my question, “To make a resolution or not?”Nope! I don’t think so. 1) I know me. 2) Statistics are against me. 3) Most resolutions are based on my own abilities and well……

So, I’m asking the Lord to do in me as He wills. This is no means a cop-out. How many of you know what it is to deny yourself and give up your will for another. It is not easy. No I am not a puppet on some Ones strings. I still will always have a choice. But my choice is to be the person, woman, wife, mom, friend, etc…..that Jesus desires me to be.

Matt. 6:33 says Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. So, do I seek God to have all the other things? No! just the opposite. I seek to know Jesus.

Is it me or is something not quite right here?

Is it me or is something not quite right here?

Matt 7-11 tells us to ask, seek, knock and continue doing so until we get what we desire of Him. But if you ask, seek and knock long enough you will see it’s not about what you or I desire, but about what He desires. God does not give us what is bad or harmful to us, but good and right for his honor and glory. Even if things are hard, it is still good.

Matt 22:37-40 also tells us to love the Lord God with our whole being and our neighbor as ourself. Wow! How many of us can say we truly do this. I can’t. But I want to learn how.

Psalm 51 is a great cry of my heart. Wash me-Purge-Renew-Create-Restore-Deliver-Teach me so I may know YOUR mercy, loving kindness, to give my self as a broken and humble sacrifice, that I may know YOUR joy, that I may know YOUR wisdom and truth, to experience YOU Jesus, to see YOUR face. Only God can do these things in my heart and life. That I may know the Lord in the fullest, as His desire to know me. (Rev. 3:21)

Sitting with Jesus.

Sitting with Jesus.

Deut 30:19, 20 says we are give a choice, blessing or curse – life or death. I want to choose the blessing and life in Christ.

Yes resolutions can be hard to do, let alone keep them. But not with Jesus.

Yes resolutions can be hard to do, let alone keep them. But not with Jesus.

Luke 10:38-42 shows how we can get caught up in good things, yet they are not the things that please the Lord, I desire to please the Lord. My hearts desire is the good part….at Jesus feet. Jesus help me not to waste my time.

1, 2, 3 John tell us in many places to love the Lord. To put Jesus first. To love not the world nor the things in it. We live in the world but we do not have or need to partake if it’s foolish ways. Johns hearts desire was for Christians to put Jesus first, to live for Him with every fiber of their being…body, soul and spirit…with everything we are to put Jesus first and foremost in our lives. Teach me to love as you love You….to love others.

I can not do this with-in myself, my know how or my will or flesh….it will all fail. It’s not there. It will utterly fail. It will all come tumbling to the ground.

I choose You, Jesus, today and every day.

LEAD ME AND TEACH ME IN YOUR WAYS OH GOD!
Psalm 25:5; 31:3; 143:10……. These are just a few verses….

May the Lord bless you as you choose Him and His things throughout this New Year, or His soon return.

Candy 🙂

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RAINBOWS OF HOPE

As I sat thinking about a friend today I wrote a poem for her.
Later I re-vamped it as I thought of what the Lord did for us
through the Rainbow and Noah. God gave Noah a new hope. The Lord
gives us hope. He gives us hope in every storm of life. We have 
rainbows, victories, to look forward to in Jesus.

RAINBOWS OF HOPE

God, the Father gave us hope through RAINBOWS.
Jesus death was nothing short of cruel-crimson RED.
Resurrection, sweeter than ORANGE Blossoms in the air.
Brilliant was the YELLOW sun upon the empty tomb.
The moods were BLUE 'til the angel spoke, "He rose."
INDIO in its fragrant glory could not compare to His.
In PURPLE, Jesus was mocked, in clouds He rose the victor.
The RAINBOW gives promises to those who hope in Him.
We all should know the story, always to remember.
Of a renewed future for all mankind, the promise, the rainbow,
Bright or dull, all rainbows are a reflection of the SON.
Each and every RAINBOW IS filled with HOPE.
Hope for today and our tomorrow's.
Hope for His soon coming, in the clouds.
Taking His Bride, those who endured storms to experience His 'Bow.
His glory will be revealed in victories rainbows.
His glory will be revealed soon to all mankind.
The rainbow will be there as a reflection of the SON, no doubt.
The rainbow, only as a symbol and an ornament.
The glory of the Father will be revealed through a marriage.
A marriage of His Son and His Bride to be.
Who is preparing them-self to be Jesus Bride?
This isn't about the Rainbow alone, but a relationship with the SON.
After every storm there is a rainbow. It may be faint, but there is a rainbow.  -  PHOTO by Candy Clonts

After every storm there is a rainbow. It may be faint, but there is a rainbow. – PHOTO by Candy Clonts

God’s Way…….

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV)

How can any one of us walk this way as God has instructed?

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob (insert your name here) is our fortress. Selah (ESV)

The Lord has a specific way for each one of us to go…and yet it is the same way for all.

To do justly; to allow judgement in your life. Judge ones self. Let ourselves be judged by others. Stop and make time and effort to judge things that affect us and our relationship with Jesus. What is it we, (you – I) allow in our lives. Where do we go; what are we doing; what are we reading or watching?  How long will we let ‘things’ continue in our life? When will I be still so Jesus can teach me to be this person of character He desires of me.

I, we, need to make these things, these judgements, the Lord shows me personal. So personal at times it hurts and grips the heart and soul about out-of-ya to think about it.

There is more to this word “to do justly,” but that’s for an other time.

Lord here I am show me and teach me your way. I surrender to you.

Lord here I am show me and teach me your way. I surrender to you.

We are to love mercy. We are to be merciful. Mercy is kindness. We are to show kindness, to give kindness and to live in kindness. Mercy (kindness) is the fruit of the Spirit. I live in the Spirit, but am I walking in the Spirit? (To walk in the spirit is to be occupied in and with the Spirit.)

We are also commanded to walk humbly….if we walk humbly with God we will also be humble before man….before one another. Remember God resists the proud but gives grace (favor) to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5) To be humble is to have humility in our life, in our character. To be humble is to take the lower place; not to be haughty and proud. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us to learn of Him because He is meek and lowly in heart, this is being humble. How often do I sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of HIm? Am I taking on His character?

How can I, we, do this? As it says in the above verse in Psalm 46, be still before God. He is with us. He will show and teach us how to have these characteristics worked in us. It is only by and through Jesus can we learn God’s way. “Lord teach me Your way. Teach me to be still before you. Create in me the character that is pleasing to you and what you want.”

Lord bless you all. God’s grace is our hope, trust Him.