A New Year, A New Me?

There are times I think my life is my own and I  live as if I have some control over what happens. But my life has never been my own.

I belong to the One who calls me His own. He calls me Beloved, beautiful, holy, precious and I am His. Because of this I want to be devoted to Him. I want to seek Him with my whole heart. My heart hungers and thirst for more of Him – the deeper parts of my Father that I have not yet seen. I want to honor Him. I want to be a reflection of Him.

Oh Father there is so much of ME that needs to surrender to You. Help me to be clay in your hands. Take the idols, the wrong desires, take my will and make me over into Your image.

Take me apart, make me new. Strip away all that keeps me from being who you see me to be. If it is discipline that I need help me to be trained by it so that it can yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Heb 12:11)

Father strengthen my hands that are weak and my knees if they are feeble, make my the path straight for my feet. If there is any part of me that is lame, out of joint or needs healing Father I pray that you will heal it and use it for your glory. (Heb 12:12-13)

I do not know what this year will bring, but I begin it affirming my desire to follow my God no matter where it leads, no matter how difficult the road.

You see I know and believe that it will be in His strength I will stand. I will walk through whatever comes my way. It will not be easy, the road is often difficult, painful and there will times I will want to give up. But this one thing I know is that my God will see me through.

And…

In the moments of my greatest pain He is able to give great joy. In moments of deep sorrow He is able to give great comfort. In moments of an attack of my enemies He goes to battle for me.

I want to seek Him, to be abandoned in everything I do, and to dedicate all that I am. To allow Him to have access to all of me so that He can make me new. I want a life that is surrendered to Him. I want to speak of love, His love to others.

Father make me over – I want to be clay in His hands. Unveil the real me, the one you know me to be.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Thought I would come out of lurkdom to tell you Happy New Year!
    Your post is something for all of us to strive for this year!

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  2. You have such a heart for HIM! You are an inspiration to me. Love you!

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  3. Sharon, I absolutely love when you take time to share the words of your heart to God for us...it is simply beautiful! ~ Melissa

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  4. That was very beautiful. It's always beautiful when we share our hearts, and they're focused on Jesus, isn't it?

    That more of Him and less of me is tough, though, isn't it? I try to start the day right, but too often I get caught up in the computer rather than Scripture. In the busy-ness of the day rather than prayer.


    I know that the important things in life only get done when God is at the centre, but why is it that we push Him so constantly out to make room for the things we want to do--or the things that we feel are pressing upon us? This year, I want to learn to put Him first more often. I know I won't succeed always, but I'd like to keep growing in that direction!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

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  5. Good stuff, sharon! I'm trying to take a personal retreat to evaluate some things for the new year....who knows what is ahead, but I want to go into it the "whatever" looking to the Lord.

    I love you.

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  6. amen! So true. Freeing to not fight or run from the "unknown" or "pain"! WHATEVER He brings, He is still in the midst of it for His children!

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  7. I love finding people who really want to be more for the Lord. It just warms my heart. :)

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  8. Your beautifully written words express my own deep desires! I am reading your blog for the first time and can see that it is so rich and inspiring! I'm sure I'll be back!

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