I've made only one promise to myself...move slowly and deliberately. S*tan knows that I am easily discouraged when I fail to live up to high (and often unrealistic) expectations I set for myself. I'm planning to disarm him from the start. I'm prayed up and ready to move forward!
Last week I was searching the Scriptures for verses on peace. The first one I found was so fitting, I didn't look any further (for now).
I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)--but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.
~Psalm 85:8 (AMP)
This is my verse for the year. I'm waiting, with great anticipation, for my Jesus to speak peace over me. He will do it. But first I must be in right-standing with Him. I've spent the last week seeking His forgiveness and cleansing. And I'm already praying that once He speaks peace over me, I won't return to the folly of relying on myself. It's gotten me nowhere.
As I open my new calendar, it's time to close the book on the old and say good-bye to self-reliance, self-indulgence, self-importance, and self-righteousness. Yet I don't want to forget them. In one of my favorite movies, Sally suggests that the song "Auld Lang Syne" means we should remember that we forgot our old acquaintances. If I'm going to truly put these sins behind me, I've got to remember that I actively forgot them and that I don't want to pick them back up again.
And so it begins...