Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

As I sat with the Lord during quiet time this morning and thanked Him for who He is and what He’s already done. I thanked Him for what lies ahead and I was reminded of how truly blessed we all are. While we may complain about our government, we still live in one of the greatest countries in this world. While we may complain about our finances we are richer than 80% of people in this earth. While life may be a struggle at times, we have the opportunity to know the one personally who holds the answers.

  In his book “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman there is a story about a family that goes on a mission trip together for a month. While gone they hired someone to take care of their home. They very clearly write out all of the instructions for the caretaker to follow- when to feed the cat, when to water the plants, where the pet food is located, when to bring in the mail and what day the trash is picked up. The caretaker takes their job very seriously and commits to following the instructions. Yet once the family returns the plants were dead, the cat was buried in the backyard, and the trash was all over the garage. The caretakers explain to the family how helpful the instructions were and how they even memorized certain sections of them and highlighted them in different areas. They go on to even elaborate how they went over parts of the instructions every night before going to bed.

If you were the family how would you feel- and what would your response be?

More importantly, when you stand before God one day what will God’s response be to the way you responded to His instructions?

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Supposed a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? James 2:14-16.

What I have learned in my time on this earth is that when you take time to DAILY evaluate your life, your lifestyle- and look at them from an eternal perspective your values and your decisions will start to change- and so will your life.

 From our family to yours we pray that 2013 is a year of blessings for you and yours. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to daily stand back and count those blessings and just see if 2013 isn’t one of the best years of your life. Because often when you take time to stop and take notice of ALL the Lord has already done- you will not be able to be anything- but in awe. Focus on what matters and live for what lasts.

Happy 2013!!!

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Angie said...

Amy, your blog is so encouraging and I love reading your posts. The Lord is truly using your entire family for His kingdom. We have been evaluating our lives as a family, and pray 2013 will change our hearts more and more for those in need, and that God will clearly show us how to minister to others. I just love seeing your kids "hands on" with those in need. Blessings for 2013!

Donna said...

Wonderful! No other words needed

Laurel said...

Beautiful post! Great story from "Not a Fan". I've read the book, and really appreciated it.

:) :) :)

bbqdaisy said...

Your blog is such an encouragement and inspiration.
Thank you!

Intentional Living Homestead said...

T.H.,A.N.K. Y.O.U.....Happy New Year!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post. God bless you all..praying for you

Debbie T said...

Love you friend! Happy New Year!

thesleepyknitter said...

Great post! I've read Kyle's book, too, and thought that story was "right on."

Is that Rosa and her siblings with your daughter in the final photo?

Is there something that I could do for Rosa and her family (in addition to prayer)? I think about her so often and wish that I could make some difference in her family's life and future.


rsfleenor at juno dot com

Sammy said...

Oh, such beautiful children!