Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Resolutions VS. Obedience...

"Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
Sing His praise from the end of the earth."
Isaiah 42: 9-10

Is there something God wants you to do? Is there a new challenge or task that He is asking of you in this new year ahead? Is there something stirring in your heart that only God could have placed within you to do? It doesn't have to be a BIG thing..maybe just be more organized, or prepare healthier meals...things that have to do with our everyday life.

Maybe He has placed a BIG thing before you to do. I do know that be it big or everyday things..God will equip you to do it. When we are obedient, He will take us one step at a time to fulfill what He asks of us to do.

I am so thankful for God's grace and His mercy. They both are never ending and new everyday. What an awesome God we serve. We don't ever have to wait for a certain day to begin anew. Each breath that we take is a new breath, given only to us by our Heavenly Father. The thought overwhelms me.

I have turned my thoughts from New Year's resolutions to thoughts of obedience. There is such joy in obedience and not the dread and drudgery of fulfilling resolutions. Not only is there joy, but there is freedom. Freedom that only Christ can give. He bought and paid for's ours, we need only walk in it.

Don't get me wrong, I have some goals written down. But I truly believe they are Holy Spirit inspired, so if I work on those things that He has shown me, I will be obedient. Because of the baby steps I have taken, I already feel joy and freedom! Hallelujah!

Let's each one of us look expectantly to what God has for us in the New Year. May God bless and keep you..



Mrs.T said...


This post was such a blessing to me! I am going to save it as an encouraging reminder. I am looking forward so much to 2009 and am praying that it will be a much happier year than 2008. But whatever it brings, God is in control and He is good... all the time!

Thank you!

God bless,

Seven's Heaven said...

Thank you so much for the reminder that obedience is not drudgery, but inevitably brings joy. "to obey is better than sacrifice". He doesn't need my time, money, resources, or even my worship. But He wants them when they're from my heart. And then I have the joy. I am always so encouraged and refocused when I listen to your thoughtful words Patty. Thank you for being obedient and writing. May you and your family have a blessed 2009.
We're coming over to the big Dland Tuesday! Tell the people to stay home!
In Him, Susan