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December 31, 2006

It’s 3:50 on December 31st, 2006. Tonight I’m going to a friends house where we will eat, drink and play bunco. I think fun will be had by all. We will be surrounded by good friends and fellow believers.

I am blessed.

I look out toward 2007 with some trepidation.

Personally, there are a few things in my life that I see G-d asking me to change and some of them are my very favorite “sacred cows”. I don’t know how it will all pan out. I pray my life will be characterized more by my obedience than by my failures to obey.

Our family is hoping for some fairly significant changes in this year. But most of them are of the miraculous sort. We pray. He moves according to what is best for us.

Nationally, I am not looking forward to a sliding dollar, more debate on Iraq an increasingly virulent imorality that cloaks itself in the disquise of tolerance and freedom.

Worldwide, we keep our eyes on Jerusalem. She is the barometer for the nations and we pray continuously for her safety and the safety of her people. Maybe next year in Jerusalem, eh? If G-d wills it.

And above all, we keep an eternal perspective. The time is getting short and the days are not getting easier. We have an urgency in our hearts to prepare for the provision of ourselves, our families and any others who need assistance.

I don’t know what this next year holds. Last year I had a slew of grand and glorious plans. Most of which were complete failures. Ouch. This year, I am a little older, a little wiser perhaps.

This year, I look out toward 2007 and I can’t see quite as clearly as I have in the past. This year more than any other all I can think is we need to pray.

May it be Your will,Adonai,our G-d and the G-d of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May you rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us.May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are G-d Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You,Adonai, Who hears prayer.

  • Birdie

    We’ll be praying, too.

    Hope you and your family have the very happiest of new years!

  • AspergantuS

    Heidi…the Pebble Chaser. I have cruised the blogs and gave my greetings to all of my blog friends. Now it is time for you.
    I hope you have a wonderful year.
    I pray that God grants you all of your prayers.
    I pray your family finds peace and happiness in the coming year.

    Shalom Aleichem (שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם)

  • Erik

    Last year I had a slew of grand and glorious plans. Most of which were complete failures.

    I dont make Resolutions cuz they are pretty much doomed to failure from the get-go. If I cannot be motivated to make a lifestyle change on whatever day of the week it may be I am certainly not going to be motivated by the first of the year.

    (The real reason is that I am already perfect, so I don’t need to make resolutions!)

  • Arielle

    *chuckles* I know what you mean, Erik.

    About the resolutions, not perfection. =P

  • ajw308

    Doesn’t a sliding dollar mean more exports?

  • CrazyJo

    The only resolution I’ve bothered with is to try to write my sis in Iraq more often. If I can’t fulfill that one, I’m a pretty sad sorry excuse for a sis, don’t you think?

    Heidi, I think I’m glad I can’t see ahead to what will happen this year. I do hope it is a happy one for you and your family, despite our troubled times. 🙂

  • MikeT

    Coupled with that immorality, I think you will also find a sharp increase in the legalism of many socially conservative people. They will continue to turn to the state and legislature for moral improvement in the face of increasing morality, rather than turn to God.