My how quickly can our good intentions and goals get overshadowed by the reality of old ways. Where we have vowed to give up sugar, we have nibbled with delight on something brown. With fierce determination where we have committed to have more self control, that impatient tone of voice returns.
Don’t despair, Mom. God is in control even 48 hours into the New Year.
Keep praying. Keep your goals ahead of you. Keep God in front and He will lead you to the places He wants you to be. To the habits He wants you to have. To the tasks He wants you to take on.
He can give you discipline.
He can give you self control.
He can give you patience.
All your wants and good intentions are still real and He will equip you to accomplish them. Or, He’ll turn you around and show you what He wants to accomplish through you.
He will strengthen you.
And He will carry you when you fall.
There is still a next time. New Year or Not.
His grace is sufficient in your failings and mistakes because of His love for you.
So if you eat the brownie or lose patience with your children, stop and pray for what you need in that moment and in the ones to come. By turning to Him, you can approach your goals, intentions and future opportunities with a fresh start and the right perspective.
No matter how many hours into 2014 you are, turning to Him for strength and for your plans is the right direction to move. He’s got the plate–crumbs and all, and He’s got you.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
“Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:13)
“I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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