It’s been a few weeks since the new year began, and so far…it’s a wonderful year! We’re back to the beginning.
On New Year’s Day, I began the day in my small sunroom with a cup of coffee, the Bible, and piano hymns. I usually listen to more contemporary worship music these days but decided to go back to the beginning. Memories of my childhood at Central Baptist Church flooded back as I listened to old songs like In the Garden and ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
Hearing these old songs reminded me of my dad’s parents, who were giants of faith in my eyes. They lived simply, humbly, and faithfully. There was nothing fancy or flashy about their life together, but it shone with the love of Jesus. In thinking about them that morning, my prayer became “Lord, let me someday be a giant of faith in the eyes of someone also.”
They lived and loved like Jesus. That’s what I want for my life also. I often fall woefully short of the mark, but as I step forward in surrender this year, I pray God will help me be like them.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
I’m realizing that to move forward, it’s sometimes best to go back to the beginning. The roots of my faith, the simple life I lived before adult responsibility – these things help me because they’re the foundation. Childlike faith.
It’s much like cleaning out a closet or cupboard. First, clear away all the things that are no longer needed or have expired. What’s left are the essentials, the things we simply can’t part with because they’re too important. After we clear out, we can begin afresh, adding carefully and thoughtfully to what’s in there.
This year, I’m seeking to be intentional about clearing out what’s not needed in favor of building upon what’s essential. All the extra fluff, stuff, and nonsense are not going to take up precious room in the cupboard of my heart. This includes things like dwelling on frustrations at work and attempting to keep up with what’s happening on social media. They don’t add real value to my life.
The beginning of the year is so beautiful because it allows us to take inventory in this way. I pray your January has been a refreshing time of renewal and peace after a hurried holiday season. May God fortify you in His love as you move ahead, ready to take hold of all He has for your life in 2019.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.