We’re only days into the New Year but so much has already happened in our little corner of the world. Mostly what people would consider “bad” things — kids getting sick one after another, with the baby being the sickest of all! 🙁
Praise God for His healing and the prayers of people all over the world though — these are partly why my husband and I consider ourselves #trulyrichandblessed. It has not been easy but I recall what I wrote last night on Facebook and Instagram, after a trip to the emergency room.
Today was a looooong day (it's been a loooong week so far, actually). 😂 To everyone who saw my previous post and joined us in prayer — THANK GOD FOR YOU! ❤️ I hope you'll continue praying not just for our family and our sick kids (well, only sick baby now because the others are much better) but for ALL the sick people all over the world, especially those who have no means to seek medical help or treatment. 🙏🏻 Earlier today, I had to bring Baby Titus to the E.R. to make sure he wasn't dehydrated (there were early signs) and that his vomiting wasn't due to his hernia (it wasn't). We spent around 5 hours in the hospital, just him and me. 👩🏻👶🏻 While there, I found myself thanking God for so many blessings despite the "burdens" of the past few days. For the blessing of family and prayer warriors all over the world. For the blessing of breastfeeding. For the blessing of work and understanding bosses. For so many, many things. 💕 I also found myself praying for so many intentions and people. Like single parents who don't have anyone to "split" child-caring tasks with them. Like people who don't have access to healthcare. Or can't afford it. Like the many healthcare personnel who do their best to care for their patients. And so on. 🙏🏻 So, if YOU are facing trials today or are wondering if there is any reason for your sufferings or pain, I encourage you: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. AND LOOK AT THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. PRAY FOR OTHERS. For this is what Christmas is truly about. It's not just for a day; not just for a season. It's bearing the gift of Christ to the world every.single.day. ❤️ (Note to self: Remember all that you've written here, Tina, especially the next time you experience trials. 😂) #TrulyRichandBlessed #TRBFaith #TRBReflections #TRBRelationships #StillChristmas
No matter what we go through, we can choose to count our blessings.
We can choose to be grateful.
We can choose to focus on the needs of others, more than our own.
We can pray for others, too, especially those in need.
And this is why I am going to say this here, for everyone to see:
We don’t need to make New Year’s resolutions.
Yup, you read that right.
Now don’t get me wrong. If you’re the type to make New Year’s resolutions — and, hopefully, stick to them — go ahead. To each his/her own, right?
But if you’re the type who is just done with New Year’s resolutions because they just.don’t.seem.to.work. I’ve got a suggestion for you.
Don’t do it. Don’t make New Year’s resolutions.
Instead, forge into the year ahead with intention.
If you want, choose that One Word that will help you do so. (I usually choose One Verse and One Saint to go along with my One Word; I shared a few tips for doing so here.)
Don’t be fooled though: Living intentionally this year will probably be challenging, just like trying to keep one’s New Year’s resolutions.
However. I think it will be more do-able for many of us.
To be intentional means to do things with purpose; to be deliberate.
And what better purpose for doing things than for the greater glory of God?
As Saint Paul says in Colossians 3:17:
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Further on, in Colossians 3: 23-24, he also says:
Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ.
So if you’re going to strive to do just ONE thing this year, I encourage you: Live an inspired life, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Live with intention, all for God’s glory.
This is what I am going to try to do. Pray for me, please?
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