Finishing up 2012 today with
and reflecting about how I can improve and grow
There's always a sense of starting fresh and doing a better job in the new year.
It's human nature to believe we will grow and improve
and become better with age and wisdom
brings personal challenges
(and you know it will)
I'd like to think I'm more prepared to handle them with a modicum of grace
that in the end, all things will work out as they are meant to.
in church service
my pastor spoke of the storm the disciples faced in their boat on the Sea of Galilee.
the one that was raging
in the boat.
He spoke of storms that we're meant to ride out,
because those trials test our faith
and bring us growth, endurance, maturity
life can throw at a person
and struggled through a fair number of trials
have come to believe
He's participating in it all
very close at hand
watching and guaging and coaching
hedging me about
providing and comforting
I'm thankful for the trials I have missed
due to His action of moving me out of the way.
Some folks have faced things much harder and more profound,
and not because they deserve any tougher trials that I do.
He has allowed me to walk through
They grow us up
sand off some
have taught me
when we are relying on His grace and asking for
continues to grow
will will be a year of growth