Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Each New Year's Day, I repeat the same pattern of events. I wake up early, run 3 miles, eat a healthy breakfast and I determine to spend time each day with the Lord for it is from Him I know I will find strength, perseverance, forgiveness, and wisdom. I journal, I pray, and I then I peter. Around March, I get caught up in the business of life and children, my own and the neighborhood's, and the ministry the Lord has given us here. My time with the Father wains.
I know better. But my actions speak louder.

In light of the knowledge of my inconsistency, this is my prayer for the New Year. I love the way the Puritans prayed...

O, my Saviour,
Thank you from the depths of my being
for your wondrous grace and love
in bearing my sin in your own body on the tree.
May your cross be to me
as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs,
as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty,
as the brazen serpent that calls forth the look of faith.
By your cross crucify my every sin;
Use it to increase my intimacy with yourself;
Make it to the ground of all my comfort,
the liveliness of all my duties,
the sum of all your gospel promises,
the comfort of all my afflictions,
the vigour of my love, thankfulness, graces,
the very essence of my religion.
And by it give me that rest without rest,
the rest of ceaseless praise.

And forgive me for lying about the running thing and the healthy breakfast.


Bill said...

I forgive you. You almost had me. I was thinking I had my sights set way too low. I've never included the 3 mile run, though the healthy breakfast I try to include. I pray this year that my intentions will, in His grace, become realities--even if just a few of those many good ones I made note of this morning.
A blessed and grace filled 2008 to all your precious family and the extended family of the kids in "the hood".

emily said...

I was sooo on to you, I was momentarily moved by the Puritan prayer, but then it came- the confession!

We didn't even do our annual Christmas day exercise/hurkey contest-- slackers already.

Love you- this will be a great year.

Susan said...

I was just wondering where in the hood you found 3 safe miles to run early in the morning...I can't imaging you trotting along the sidewalks of Singleton infront of the Carnival market...I was on to you too!!!
A blessed 2008 to you!!
The Orlies

Abbie said...

HAHAHA oh Lord dear Melissa! This was my thought process as I was just reading this: '*sigh* she is such a perfectly healthy godly woman, why can't I be more like her??*sigh*'. And then I read the last sentence. THANK YOU for being honest you big turd, even if you did wait until the end! haha :)

Jen said...

Love that prayer! Thanks for sharing!

THESE 3 KINGS said...

lol...loved the confession at the end..that prayer was very encouraging..thanks so much for posting that..my friend Delta told me about your blog..love it!
praying for you and yours

a new friend...
Nicole King

Grace Whisperer said...

I just found you thru Shannon's site, and started reading around. You cracked me up with this confession! You had me, hook, line and sinker!