Posted by: Jeannie | January 1, 2010

Focusing on God’s Faithfulness

Have you  ever used certain items as a reminder?  I know I have.  One of the years that I was a student at the Bible College, in probably the very first chapel service, all of us, staff and students, were given a piece of metal that resembled a key.  Although it would never open any lock, we were encouraged to put it on a key ring and carry it around with us.  The idea was to keep it in a place where we’d see it every day and the point of it was to spend that school year focusing on what we were referring to as “key” moments.  Every now and then those “key” moments were even shared in chapel and there were a lot of them shared!

The church where I have attended since 2003 spent about a dozen years having church services in the gym because they had outgrown their previous sanctuary.  It was a dozen years of prayers, sacrificial giving, and waiting on God.  A little over 14 months ago, the new church building was finally completed enough to pass inspections for human occupancy and we were allowed to begin meeting in it; there was a major celebration!  In one of the very early services in the new sanctuary, the greeters in our church handed out little stones to each person as they came in for the worship and sermon that morning and on it was written the words “faithful God.”  Every day since then, I’ve tried to make it a point to keep that little stone in a place where I would see it every morning when I woke up and every night as I went to bed.  It has been a crucial reminder to me as much on the good days as the bad.

I don’t know about you but regretfully I tend to forget God.  Granted I honestly think I have been getting better at it (it’s something I’m trying to make a deliberate effort to improve upon) but there are days when I seem to make it through the entire day and I don’t think I’ve thought of him at all except at meal time. It doesn’t seem to make much difference for me whether times are being good or bad for me.  During the good times, I tend to just feel good that things are going so well and I sometimes forget the One who makes all things possible.  And during the bad, I have an awful tendency of automatically switching over to a “Miss Fix-It” mode instead of often turning to the One who has provided so abundantly for me.

I don’t believe that makes me a horrible person, just someone who still has a lot of need for growth in that area.

This morning as I laid awake in bed, I was thinking about this new year, and I thought about last year.  This time a year ago, I went into 2009 suspecting that the foster-adopt was going to be a major event in my life, and it was.  PRIDE classes started towards the end of January, the home study process began in March, In-Service trainings began in April, the psychological testing began in June and ended in July, I spent a couple months setting up a child’s bedroom, and the answer didn’t come until October, the year ended struggling with grief – something I’ve been told may or may not ever completely pass.  Considering I anticipated a child of my own for over 16 years, I’m suspecting it will never fully go away.

I’m going into this year pretty differently from the last.  I have absolutely no idea at all what to expect or if anything major will happen at all, other than my best friend moving to the other end of the universe (at least it feels that way, she and her family are actually moving to Scotland).

That has two sides to it, the not knowing part, not my best friend moving way too far away 🙂

I hate the unknowns in my life but at the same time it’s hard to get too wrapped up in something that you can’t see all laid out and planned.  It’s hopefully going to make it more so that I have to keep turning to God because of not knowing what’s going to be happening next week or throughout the year and maybe I’ll even find some pleasant surprises coming my way.  Hopefully it’ll also have me more flexible and willing to let God work in my life since I won’t be following my own little agenda.  The one “for sure” that I do know is that God is always being faithful and He will work everything out in my life for His purposes.

I decided His faithfulness would make a good topic for my starting off today and this year and I chose two passages to read and keep in mind:  Psalm 92:1-2 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” and Lamentations 3:22-24 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!'”  It assures me of several things that I’ll see and experience every day no matter what else may happen; His lovingkindness, His faithfulness, His compassion.  And that is all the reason to hope.  And, to top it off, I get this evening with good Christian friends to fellowship, eat a good meal, and watch some movies as we’re welcoming in the new year!

Happy New Year everyone!


Responses

  1. Those were verses that I really needed to hear today, Jean Bean! You are absolutely right… I love your outlook for the new year. God always has been and always will be faithful! Take Care and Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks Tasha! I really miss you!

  3. Ty Jeannie, I’m so glad you are feeling that way, it is encouraging to me also, I pray that your year be a wonderful, happy one


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