23 thoughts on “2011

  1. This is the year that PERHAPS!! Jesus will return. Let us allow our lamps to be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit so that IF and WHEN our Bridegroom comes the path to Him will be illuminated and we will see to go into the KING’S Chamber. 2011 could be the year! We shall faithfully prepare and keep watching and laboring for Him to come so that He will find us “occupying” while we await His return for us. O WOW!!

  2. Just think of each day of 2011 packed with such things “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT)

    Hope reigns supreme with this quantum leap of toasting 2011!

  3. That scripture makes you realize that God’s definition of new is way beyond anything in our experience and that we want to make sure we love Him in order to recieve all He has for us and wants to do.

  4. YES! For those who LOVE HIS appearing…Who watch and long for Him…the Lord, Sweet Messiah. The Light gets brighter and brighter. If you have a creative mind (or ear?) you can almost hear the trumpet call and in a nano-second WE ARE GONE!

  5. This year must be a walking closer and closer to the light.

    In Psalm 89:15 (Holman Christian Standard Bible), it reads

    15 Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; (A)
    LORD, they walk in the light of Your presence. (B)

    Commentary by Augustus Montague Toplady reads
    Verse 15. They shall walk in the light of thy countenance. Surely, next to the love of God’s heart, believers value the smiles of his face; from which, as from the agency of the sun, arise the budding of conscious joy, the leaves of unsullied profession, the variegated blossom of holy tempers, and the beneficent fruits of moral righteousness. They are totally mistaken who suppose that the light of God’s countenance, and the privileges of the gospel, and the comforts of the Spirit, conduce to make us indolent and inactive in the way of duty. The text cuts up this surmise by the roots. For, it does not say, they shall sit down in the light of thy countenance; or, they shall lie down in the light of thy countenance; but “they shall WALK in the light of thy countenance.” What is walking? It is a progressive motion from one point of space to another. And what is that holy walking which God’s Spirit enables all his people to observe? It is a continued, progressive motion from sin to holiness; from all that is evil, to every good word and work. And the self same “light of God’s countenance” in which you, O believer, are enabled to walk, and which at first gave you spiritual feet wherewith to walk, will keep you in a walking and in a working state, to the end of your warfare.

    For 2011 we will walk in holiness, knowing He without a doubt is with us in our WALK and walking to the end of our warfare. Praise God!

  6. Rena, it’s like “from glory to glory” “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
    May we walk so closely with God that we will be like Enoch and the Lord will transport us into Heaven when He comes for us. (2Cor. 3:17)

  7. HAP…..PY NEW YEAR! BLESSINGS ON ALL THE LILIES AND THEIR FAMILIES. I am still up listening to the fireworks down our street!

  8. A few minutes ago I read one man’s resolution for the New Year. He said this year he resolves to “RISE ABOVE THE LITTLE THINGS.” How about that?

  9. I have thought I would like to be more mindful of the ‘little things.” I believe it is the little things that count.

  10. Yes, I remember you taught that in a service recently. Perhaps he meant that he wouldn’t let “little things” upset him….MAYBE little things like long lines, rude drivers, a PERCEIVED snub from an acquaintance, someone’s forgetting to say ‘thank you’ for a small favor. Those kinds of “little things” or someone else taking credit for some small thing that you have done, etc.
    Ruth Graham had a writing on thanking God for “small things” .

  11. When you think about how many microscopic individual cells make up the human body or how many drops of water are in the ocean or how many needles are in a 40 foot pine tree….you realize the importance of all the small things God puts together in a unique pattern or arrangement to form the big picture.

  12. I like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I pray this year will be full of wisdom and prosperity………
    Proverbs 18:4 “Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.”
    Proverbs 28:25 “Greed causes fighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.”

  13. Joel Osteen sYs, “Be encouraged today because no matter what is happening in your life right now, you have a chance for a new beginning. Choose today to leave the old behind — leave behind old behaviors, old thinking, and old words and embrace the new by faith because this is your year to experience the new life that He has prepared for you!”

  14. Old things wear out. We can wear others out with our bothersome old thoughts, habits and speech.
    I think rereading Sara’s blog, “Mind Wisdom” (Nov 1, 2010 http://www.thedailylily.org/?p=1590) with such excerpts as the one below help us see ways to take steps to forge new thought patterns of change.

    “It seems to me I need to be a ’skilled doorkeeper to my mind’ if I want to metamorphose from old to new? From worldly value living to spiritual living?”

  15. It seems the Scriptures tell us in several places that, “behold, I am doing a NEW thing”. The Psalms encourage us to sing a “NEW” song unto the Lord. The Lord says His mercies are NEW every morning. The born-again experience brings NEW-ness of life. And in the book of Revelation, Jesus says, “BEHOLD!~! I am making all things NEW. So the Jesus that is the same yesterday today and tomorrow renews every day, every morning, every dawn. He likes NEW things, new life, new thought, new actions and most of all A RENEWED MIND. Why we want to hang on to that old war-horse of a mind-set displeases our GOD. He has told us to renew our minds.” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:2)
    “Therefore, PREPARING YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1Pet. 1:13)

  16. Thanks, Debi for being a mirror that reflects clearly. I reread blog as you suggested. And, it is a great blog of action. I am doing a 30 day calendar plan with mind and closet. I am dragging some old clothes out with old thoughts attached. I am making mental notes of honesty to evaluate what continues to hang in closet /mind and why.

    I hope to find others that have some fresh insights rather than status quo…

  17. I love your creative wisdom: “I am dragging some old clothes out with old thoughts attached.”
    Old thoughts, habits and speech patterns seem to cling to us like lint. Someone with the ability and perception to see it on us can point it out and help correct us for change but then we have to ‘leave it’. That’s what I have been trying to train my puppy to do…’leave it’…leave those things that he shouldn’t put in his mouth alone! Sometimes it’s trash, or something that would endanger his health or sometimes it’s something good but that doesn’t belong to him or in his mouth to pick up and drag off and chew on.
    We need to pay attention and heed the instructions of the person with wisdom who has helped us see to ‘leave it’. We will be healthier and more disciplined and others around us will be happier.

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