Monday, January 1, 2018

a soft heart...



In honor of this New Year’s Day, 2018, I share a prayer I think is important. For our futures…


From Prayers with Purpose for Women, by Jackie M. Johnson:


Living in the Present


Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.
PSALM 95:6-8


Lord, I have been camping in the past too long. Pull up my tent stakes and help me to move on. There is so much to live for today! The past is over and the future awaits. Today I choose to worship You, my Lord and Maker. When I hear Your voice, may my heart be soft—not hardened or jaded by the past. Today is a gift; I celebrate the present with You, Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.


TLC and My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) would be tickled at me choosing this prayer. Because I am so far from being a “camper” it is not even funny! MSH? Loves camping! Even though he hasn’t been in quite a while. TLC? Ummm…pretty much like her Mom, me suspects—not too interested. Although I do believe she—and I, for that matter—would do anything Little Leighton (aka LL) and Baby Elle (aka Belle) wanted to do as they grow and experience new adventures! Somehow I’m feeling LL is going to want to at least try it someday! I’ll do my best to be up for it. Sigh.


TLC and MSH would also tell you I do have some difficulty with letting go of the past. I’d defend myself by saying that the reason I can’t let go—too often—is because the “past” seems to (sadly) STAY my present. And then seems to become my future.


I’ll continue to do my utmost best to work on this personal issue. I swear. I’m determined to try even harder this year—2018—to learn how to let go of those things that literally crush my soul. Make me stressed. Make me frustrated. (In the interest of time, I won’t specify what those things—or people?—might be. You’re welcome. Winky. Wink.)


Sending each of Y’all my sincere hopes that This New Year is wonderful for you and your families! That you find strength, courage, laughter, success, happiness and love around every corner you turn. And that, on December 31, 2018, you can honestly say:


I did my BEST to live each day with "a soft heart.”


Hugs and SMOOCHES
ELC

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