Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thoughts on holiness

Last week our pastor talked with us about holiness and what that really means. I grew up in a church that is considered a "holiness church". Sometimes holiness and legalism get confused, so all week thoughts of what it means to be holy have been running through my mind. Today I stumbled across a blog post (not by mistake I'm sure) titled Striving for Holiness at Walking in His Grace here. In this post Cyndi talks of holiness, saying that it is hard, and that we don't automatically become holy because we've accepted Christ as savior, that we must be actively striving towards holiness. Then she talks about spiritual disciplines, prayer, bible study, worship, fasting. I like this. My goal this year is simply this, to grow closer to God. In doing this, I become more like Him, and more like the me He intends me to be. Thanks Cyndi! What are your thoughts on holiness?

I also like that her life verse is the same as mine, Phil. 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Begininngs

I know it's January 8th and I haven't been on here for months, so I'm reflecting. Looking back over the meager beginnings of this blog and back over my year. 2010 has been a life chnging year for me! Not that most aren't, but this has been different, 2010 has been a year of self change. I've lost and gained so many things. I lost 50lbs, and do not want to find them, I'm still loosing and gaining the same 5 lbs. I was struggling with in Nov. I lost all of my hair, and strangely with it I have a new found confidence. I'm not sure that is really the loss of hair that the confidence springs from or from the loss of medications that has brought it about, regardless of where it has come from, I happy it's here! I traveled the country coast to coast with MP this year and loved every mile of it. I was certified to facilitate marriage retreats for the Army. The training was so much fun, and actually working the retreats has been great. I'm saving money every month now because my body no longer needs medication to be free of pain! Praise God!

So now here I am at the beginning of another year, and like last year I have decided not to make any New Year Resolutions, but I can't help but wonder what is in store for me. I want to leave behind the junk of the past and continue to celebrate the new life that I have been given. I can't wait to see what I have become by this time next year!