– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend some time with your family!
Once again, some of our grown kids and grandkids came to our house to celebrate Christmas; we Facetimed loved ones who couldn’t be with us. Just like years past, the grandkids made gingerbread houses.
As they decorated the roofs with marshmallows, gumdrops, and Hershey’s Kisses, I couldn’t help but think of how big they are getting. I also remembered their parents decorating gingerbread houses long, long ago.
Of course Christmas Day is now gone, and a new year is quickly approaching. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thumbing through my Bible looking for a verse that I will focus on for 2017. I’ve finally chosen it, Psalm 143:10: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Truth be told, I’ve chosen these exact words before for my “annual verse,” but still have much to learn from them. How many times do I still begin my day thinking of what needs to be done instead of pausing to ask the One who knows all to teach me to do His will?
There is an amazing benefit when we allow God to teach us how to be used for His good purposes as we begin our days—His Spirit will enable us to “walk on level ground” even when we are trudging through the peaks and valleys of life. This reminds me of something that Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom once said, “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
If you decide to choose a particular Bible verse to focus on for 2017, you might want to ask your spouse or kids or grandkids or a good friend to join you in doing the same.
Happy New Year! And may we all walk on “level ground” no matter what 2017 brings our way.
© 2014, 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)