Drawing near...

I began this year with James 4:7-10 as my verse for the year and I asked God to draw me near to Him. On January 3 I wrote an entry called With Trembling Heart and in that post I shared James 4: 5-10 where in just a few short verses I saw that to draw close to God requires deep sorrow over sin, confession, pride, humility, hypocrisy, resisting temptation, faithfulness, and total dependence on God. And I wondered "Am I really ready to allow God to work in these areas of my life,my heart?"

This year is now drawing to a close and I can't help but wonder "have I learned to draw closer to God?" And What does it really mean to draw close? I hope to spend the last week of 2008 doing a recap of some of the things God has done in my life.

It's been a year of deep sorrow as I learned the importance of mourning that which was taken from me and then to walk on in healing. I think this will be an on going process as I have realized that mourning often comes in waves when least expected.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing ; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,Psalms 30:11 NAS


  1. That's a great verse for the things you have dealt from the past, with in this year. I have a friend who is starting counseling for some things she went through that are similar to yours. She isn't a blogger (Or user of the computer) or I would have her read some of your pertinent posts.

  2. This was a great post to reflect on as the New Year comes in. Especially to wonder if we are all ready to work on the really difficult areas in each of our lives.

  3. I love that verse you quoted, Sharon. I heard a song about it once that I really liked. I pray for God's healing touch for you.

  4. Wishing you all the best this Christmas and a blessed New Year!

    God bless you and your family! ♥

  5. All I can say to this beautiful post is.... AMEN Sister. Love.


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