Happy New Year! I hope this finds you happy and healthy as we begin 2014! Have you made a New Year's resolution? I have never really made resolutions other than the vague “lose weight” or “eat healthier” ; however, for a few years I chose a hymn as my words to live by for the upcoming year. It is truly wonderful what you can learn by studying the words of hymns. You may read those posts here and here. Last week my husband, Jon, sent me a message with a quote from Charles Swindoll. He said, “This needs to be our view of whatever may come in 2014.” The quote was: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. I immediately agreed with him! I am not proud to admit that sometimes I dwell in the “if onlys” of life: (“If only my mom had not gotten cancer”, “If only I hadn't had a miscarriage”, etc.) This is not a good thing to do. Dwelling on things that happened in the past rob us of the joy to be found in our present circumstances. As we begin 2014, I am determined to choose my attitude about things that happen very carefully. I am going to strive to be positive and hopeful about the future! I know that whatever happens in my life is part of God’s plan for me. I know I will have to make a conscious decision each and every day to trust and believe that everything is going to be fine – better than fine! I will choose an attitude of happiness, contentment, thankfulness, forgiveness, hope, and joy. I will also remember Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to thosewho are the called according to purpose. Even things we do not understand are used for OUR good. I know this in my heart to be true! Yes, even losing my mother and other experiences that were devastating at the time, were all working together for good. Looking back I know that God used those times to draw me closer to Him.
Here are several other pearls of wisdom from Charles Swindoll that resonated with me. I hope they may help you too!
“If you allow it, suffering can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.”
“Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.”
“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally. It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
The pursuit of happiness is a matter of choice...it is a positive attitude we choose to express. It is not a gift delivered to our door each morning, nor does it come through the window. And it is certain that our circumstances are not the things that make us joyful. If we wait for them to get just right, we will never laugh again.”
Happy New Year!
Blessings from Buttercup Bliss