Just wanted to let you know I made it back to Poland safe and sound :). The flights were all great.
I was able to go to church yesterday morning before I headed back over here to Poland. I took some notes that I wanted to share with you all:
Thomas Road Baptist Church
January 1st, 2012
"Manage every action as if a camera were on you."
2 Corinthians 8:10-14 - Finish what you started a year ago. FOLLOW THROUGH!
1. Finish what you start.
- 2 Corinthians 8:10-11a
- 2 Corinthians 8:11b
- Keep loving what you are doing.
- Be passionate.
- 2 Corinthians 8:12
- We all can make a difference.
- You can't fail when you are in God's will.
- Romans 6:12
- Romans 8:9
- Stop sin in its tracks before it stops you.
Accomplish what the Lord has layed on your heart for this year.
"I have decided to follow Jesus...no turning back!"
As I reflect on the year of 2011, there are numerous memories that I have. I am so thankful for the many blessings that the Lord has given me and allowed me to take part in. I want to give Him all of the honor and glory, because He is more than worthy of ALL of our praise and adoration.
As I look forward to a NEW YEAR, my desire is to be a reflection of the Lord. Ringing in the New Year seems to bring about the spirit of change in a lot of people. Is there something in your life that the Lord has been pressing on you to change? Maybe it is stepping out on faith and beginning a new career, maybe it is helping someone in need, maybe it is giving of yourself to serve others. The Lord calls each and every one of us to bring honor and glory to Him. My desire for the year of 2012 is "to be all that I can be", not for myself but rather the Lord!!
Verse of the Day:
He [the Word, Jesus] was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.--John 1:2-3
We serve a God who has been and will always be! That is pretty awesome if you ask me. I am so thankful for an opportunity to have a personal relationship with the Lord :). He is SO SO good!!
My Utmost For His Highest:
"Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is! Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to “go out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to “go out” through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God."
Worry - We all are probably guilty of that from time to time and some more so than others. I love what Chambers says here. When we are near to God, there is no room for worry. It is like going out in an ocean. When we are near the shore, we are less likely to have something happen to us. But when we start to drift out into the deep water then there is more of an opportunity for something to happen. Worry, stress, and anxiety can easily start to set in, especially if you find yourself caught up in a current or an undertow. Just as risk increases as we move farther from shore, we find ourselves more easily influenced by the pressures of this world when we allow ourselves to be drawn away from the Lord. Just like the shore will always remain as safety from the ocean, the Lord is always waiting for us to surrender our all to Him. What are we waiting for?
As we start a new year, may we be ever mindful of the Lord!
Tomorrow it is back to work. We have practice in the morning as well as the afternoon. I will write more tomorrow.