Well, I know that I'm a week late, but I'm finally getting it together and welcoming 2011! I pray that you had a blessed holiday season and entered the new year with great joy and anticipation of big things in God in 2011! To be honest with you, however, 2010 was a REAL challenge for me so Christmas and News Years were celebrated in a very low key fashion this year......I just wasn't that into it and that is soooo not like me!
As I was in my reflection mode this morning, it occurred to me that my 2010 was more like a long slow motion scene from the Matrix movie. You know, the kind where Keanu Reeves is dodging bullets and enemy attacks from all sides in sloooo moooootion while being contorted every which way in order to out maneauver the enemies tactics. Yep! That's about how 2010 was for me! Plenty of blessings (PTL!), but lots of warfare too! Frankly, I've really been in a battle weary contorted slo mo funk for a while, ya'll....Just being real here!
For the last several weeks I've been seeking the Lord about my funky forlorn frame of mind an lo and behold! - as I was cleaning house yesterday and listening to praise radio in the background, the song you hear playing with this post "It's a New Day" by Hillsong London came on and before I knew it, a wave of crazy praise erupted from deep within my battle weary heart and emotions and my forlorn funkiness fled and freedom freely flooded my soul as I praised the Lord and danced my self happy all over the house! I even downloaded "It's a New Day" and looped it so it played nonstop through out my house all day!! Whoo! Hoo! Glory Hallelujah, thank you Jesus! It's a new day! Bye, bye 2010! He lifted my head and imparted a fresh anointing of zeal, hope, strength, encouragement and expectation within my heart. I can now begin my journey into a horizon filled with 365 brand new days ahead in Him!! Glory to His Name!
Oh yes, I still have many unanswered prayers and promises of God that I'm standing in faith for and will certainly continue to contend for breakthroughs and miracles for family, friends and loved ones as I journey into the new days ahead. There will always be challenges and uncertainties along life's way, no doubt. But one thing of which I am certain - He has never stopped leading me through and to the other side of difficult times and will never stop speaking His peace, love and encouragement to my heart all along the way. That's the way His Heart operates toward His beloved children! As we cling to the Hand of the One who goes before us and lean ever so closely upon Him with a listening heart that is quick to trust and obey His directions, He is faithful to bring us through!
The enemy may attempt to set up road blocks of fear, doubt, unbelief, rejection, setbacks and disappointments and the like in efforts of stopping or impeding our forward progress in our faith walk with the Lord. And the winds of opposition may fiercely blow and tempt us to give up, cave in and quit. BUT, praise God forevermore!......He has given us authority in His Name, filled us with the power of the Holy Spirit and fully equipped us with mighty armor (Eph 6:10-18) and the unstoppable arsenal and weaponry of prayer and praise and the power of His living Word that is mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (II Cor 10:3-5)! PTL! He has anointed you and I to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) in each and every brand new day!! Hallelujah and Glory to His Name!
I believe with my whole heart that He's calling us into deeper places of intimacy, trust, faith, rest and peace in Him in 2011. I've heard the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit prompting me to seek Him and His Presence like never before. And I believe He's also speaking the same to each of His children. Simply put....He's calling you and I to more face and heart time with Him in 2011. It's within the Secret Place in the Presence of Perfect Love that all fear is dispelled, wounds of the heart and emotions are healed, discouragement, disappointments, despair, weakness and unrest are replaced with His healing balm of encouragement, peace, rest and supernatural strength and fullness of joy! The depths of His Heart is calling your name and mine. Let us respond to His loving call and cling confidently to the One who knows what our today's and tomorrows hold.....He's already been there and has come to walk us through each and every 365 brand new days!
For I the Lord thy God
will hold thy right hand saying unto thee,
for I will help thee.
HE IS FAITHFUL!
Love, Hugs and Happy New Year!
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