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January 11, 2012, 1:30 PM

The First Day...



Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

I've heard this phrase used so many times, so often in fact, that I almost overlook it.  But not today!  Today I am thinking about what it means.  I just had my 65th birthday, hard to believe.  In my mind I am still an energetic and enthusiastic 25 year young woman, but when I look in the mirror, I see a 65 year old grandmother with graying hair.

Where did all my time go?  Have I been so busy with the everyday responsibilities of raising children, being a pastor's wife, caring for grandchildren, that the years have quickly slipped past me without notice?  What have I accomplished for God?  In all my busyness have I really pleased Him.  He is always in my thoughts!  Everyday, my mind goes to the Lord, musing on the many lessons He has provided in the Bible.  Every day I pray.  Every day I do my best to show a Christ like Spirit.  But it seems I just can't do enough...

And then I realize (again), that I really can't do enough!  I can never repay Him for salvation, for healing, for hope, for Godly contentment, for peace, for joy, for strength, for provision, for the wonderful family He has blessed us with and the list goes on and on!!  I can never EARN all these things, it is absolutely impossible!!  But HE has freely given them to me through the All Powerful and Wonderful Name of Jesus!!

When it all boils down to it; our good deeds will not get us into Heaven.  Our labor will mean nothing.  When we go before the Throne of Grace, it is that very Grace that will make us worthy!  As the song says; Not what we have done for Him, but what He has done for us!!!

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!!  And I dedicate it all to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and glorify Him for His Wonderful Grace!!!  

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