Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Beginnings

This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use it as I will.
I can waste it, or I can use it.
I can make it a day long to be remembered for its job,
its beauty, and its achievement;
or it can be filled with pettiness and ugliness.
What I do today is important,
for I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever,
but I shall hold something which I have traded for it.
It may be no more than a memory;
but if it is a worthy one, I shall not regret the price.
I should like it to be gain, not loss;
good, not evil; success, certainly not failure.
So here is a day and here am I.
God will not expect more of me than I am capable of giving,
but he will expect my best.
There will be beauty and I must not miss it.
There will be cries of people in distress,
and I must hear and answer.
There will be moments of temptation,
but I must not yield nor be impulsive.
There will be opportunity for good, and I must be ready.
And then when night comes, may I look back without regret,
and forward with a radiant spirit and a thankful heart.
The new year brings a lot of new beginnings for all of us. We all set goals for ourselves. Some are kept and some are broken. There are many reasons why I can't reach some of my goals. My biggest obstacle is time management. This is an area that I need to improve on. I thought and thought about this and then I remembered what Dave Ramsey and Flylady both say......Baby Steps! So one step at a time, I will be sharing some of my goals and how I am coming along.
Maybe sharing with you, will motivate me to reach my goals.

One thing that I want to do more of, is to start EVERY day by reading my Bible and praying more. I find that if I do that, my days go so much smoother. That doesn't mean everything will be perfect but it helps me get through the obstacles that come and try to steal my peace.
Today my devotion was in Psalm 91:1,2.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust


Alice Grace said...

You are an inspiration to me! What a beautiful dish! I, too, plan to read the Word more, and we will do it together!

Nancy said...

Mmmm, that spaghetti looks good. I would bet if it's a Pioneer Woman recipe, it IS good!

Thanks for stopping by my blog recently -- sorry I'm so late reciprocating!