Monday, January 01, 2007

2007

A New Year has begun and I look back at the year that just past and reflect and look ahead and wonder what is instore for me in the year ahead.

When I look back I do feel a bit like a failure, I look at what I wanted to do in the last year and feel I did not acomplish everything. I look back at times when my walk was not as strong as it should be. Yet I can look back and learn from my failures. I can see where I did wrong and pray about change. God allows failures in our lives so that we can learn from it. Success nor failure is ever final, it is just inevitiable. It is how we handle our sucesses and failures that matter most.Our greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

Mary Pickford once said "Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call " failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down"

With God's help I can stand up after failure and continue on..

(Phil 3:13-14) 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I must confess I am not happy with my walk with Christ. I look back and feel.....no I know, I have failed Jesus and yet I look at what Apostle Paul said forget which is behind you and look forward. Press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ.

It is so amazing how God uses His word to encourage us, even when we fail Him. He just shows me His grace and His forgiveness.

And again as The ApostlePaul says (Phil 4:13) 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

We have the Holy Spirit that will guide us and change us because we can do all things through Him in joy, in pain, in suffering and in failure we can draw strength from the Lord.

I look ahead to 2007 and my prayer is that I will rely more on Christ then myself. I pray that my walk will be a reflection of Christ. I pray for strength I can only find in Jesus. I pray I will spend more time in prayer and in His word.

(Phil 4:4-9) 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. 9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

I pray this for all those that know Him as their Savior....

Cristina

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

My prayer for you is that you have the walk with Christ that you desire. There are so many temptations in this world to pull us away from God. Satan wants to pull us down. He knows that when we sin it hurts our relationship with Jesus, then we stay away from prayer for a few days until God draws us back to Him. We feel bad and that is Satan's goal to break up our relationship with God. Thank God His Holy Spirit is always with us and draws us to Him.
Have a great 2007. God Bless

bluecollar said...

Cristina,

Happy New Year to you and Jim.

Yes, follow Paul's example in Phil. 3 and 4.

My prayers are with you, especially for your dad.

Your brother in Christ,
Mark

Baptist Girl said...
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Baptist Girl said...

Dear Ultrarider,
Thank you for your prayers and yes we should be thankful He will never leave us or forsake us. Happy New year to you.

Cristina

Baptist Girl said...

Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for your prayers.
It is good to have brothers and sister that pray for you. I pray that you and Karen and children have a Happy New Years.

God Bless
Cristina

luvvom said...

What an encouraging testimony to know that others fight the same battles that we ourselves do and can look and see their help comes from the Lord our Savior. Thank you for honest and encouraging words, Cristina. I'll pray for you this new year and you pray for me!

Baptist Girl said...

Dear luvvom,
Thank you for your prayers and kind words and yes I will pray for you too.

Cristina

Anonymous said...

May we all walk in the eternal rather than the temporal which can only be accomplished through a quantum leap in our prayer life. I am convinced that only an awakening of the prayer closet can bring about real revival. God help us all to run to His presence and there find our life.

Baptist Girl said...

Amen Rick,
It's hard to walk with God when we don't talk with Him.

Cristina