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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hello 2009!

Another Holiday Season has come and gone. My tree is on the burn pile, ornaments packed away by color and garland stored (crammed) in totes. The house is clean, for a couple more days, but it’s not just clean, it’s bare… empty looking. No more lights glistening or candles glowing. It almost makes me feel sad but on the other hand, it signifies a newness as well.

So... out with the old and in with the new. A new year, a new freshness, a new adventure and maybe some new d├ęcor.

It’s great to be able to begin again. No matter how many resolutions you meant to keep last year, today is a new day. Paul said it best when he said, "forgetting what’s behind, I press on."

I have found over the years that it can be much easier to hold on than to let go, especially to good things, but do we realize God maybe trying to move us on into better things? Paul did not say, “I let go of the difficulties of my past,” he said I let go of the past… good and bad.

My Christmas tree was pretty this year (deer antler topper and all) but it can’t be Christmas all year. If you walked in my home in July and I still had it up, lights plugged in and poinsettias all over my mantle I hope you would say, “Tina, I think it is time to move on.” And I hope I would listen otherwise you all might think I was crazy (which, if you ask my kids, is not a far stretch).

Is God telling you in 2009, “It’s time to move on from some things in your life.”?

Do you trust Him enough to let go, even of the good?

I’m really not good at making resolutions. So this year my desire is to listen to the heartbeat of God for my life more than I have before.

He had some big plans for my life last year. When 2008 started, I had no idea I would be leaving one ministry to start another one. Absolutely no clue.

Being on staff at CCLC for 10 years was a good thing that Mark and I had let go of in order to move into our destined future. Our mission has changed but thankfully the friendships we made over those years will always remain the same!

I hope you are getting my point, God will move us even from the good things in our lives. But if we never let go, fighting to hold on, we are binding His hands to do even greater miracles through us and for us.

I just wonder, what’s the end of 2009 going to look like? If I listen to the voice of God I know it will be greater than I can even imagine.

Anticipating the future!
Tina

2 comments:

Judy said...

I so enjoy reading your blogs. It keeps me in touch with what's going on and reminds me that we are still connected in the spirit. I can relate to it being hard to let go of the "good things" but it has to happen in order for God to move on to the greater things that He has for us. I thank God for you in my life, your encouragement & understanding. 2009 is the time to leave things behind (even some good things)and press on as Phillipians 3:14 instructs us to do. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


I luv ya Sister!

Pat said...

Awesome blog Tina. We all miss you and Mark and the kids terribly at Lake City, but also rejoice with all the wonderful and exciting things He is doing in Alachua. I too am looking forward to 2009 with excitement and anticipation, knowing that God is our source and He has us in the palm of His hand.