Happy New Year!

2011 is upon us! I rang in the new year with my family in Nebraska; no parties or hoopla, just a quiet celebration of our together-ness. I wasn’t planning to be in Nebraska for all of New Year’s weekend, but because of illness have been delayed a few extra days at home.

Because I was home, I got to worship with my family at our church on Sunday. I heard an interesting verse that I have been pondering and want to share.

2 Timothy 1:12 I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

I am a worrier and often even after I have prayed and said, “Lord, I am trusting this to You”, I continue to stew over the problem until I feel like I have it under my control. In this passage and the verses before it, Paul speaks about his belief in God and the certainty that is found in Him. Even though Paul suffered many trials and had perfect reason to doubt or worry, he had committed his life and his ministry and the results of that to God. Sometimes I wonder about my own future, my own ministry and the little daily things in my life. Yet, I serve a God who is faithful to take care of what I put into His hands. By letting go of my own control, I am free to rejoice in His plan rather than trying to make things go my way. This is the very best way to live and to grow closer to God in the process.

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