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Wednesday
Dec282011

Look Forward...

BeautifulGreetings, Dear Friends, and a Happy New Year to You!


Susie Larson here...


And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a comment, share a story or insight, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend! 


As most of you know, I have a radio show,Live the Promise with Susie Larson The program now airs 6 days a week! Join us every weekday from 2:30-3:00 CST, and on Saturdays from noon to one, KTIS AM 900, on the Faith Radio Network, or listen online at: www.faith900.com We've had some amazing guests and some powerful dialogue. Hope you can join us!


Also, I want you to have the inside scoop. Be sure to check my Facebook page for a heads up on my weekly giveaways (that way you'll know when to call for a book you may want). I'll also post daily questions and may read your comments on the air.  


Now on to my topic...


As the year 2011 draws to a close it's a great time to pause and thank God for the mercies He has shown us. Each and every morning this past year, new mercies greeted us because we needed them. Each and every night His faithfulness met us right where we lived. God has been faithful. We are still standing!


I'm always amazed when I hear movie stars say that they've lived with no regrets, because I have lots of regrets. With all of my heart, I wish I could say I never hurt another soul, I never uttered words that should not have been spoken, I never had a betraying thought, and I never got so busy that I missed my child's smile.


With everything in me I wish I could say that I've been grateful every day of my life that I have a roof over my head, fresh water to drink, a family who loves me, and a God who never fails me. I wish I could say that I've never been impatient with distracted drivers, or that I'm always gracious to rude people. Oh, Lord, I wish I were more like you! But I'm just me - someone whom God renews and redeems in deeper ways every single day. Oh, how I love Him so!


When the Lord told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and that his wife Sarah would bear a son in her old age, she laughed in disbelief and then tried to cover it up. But how is she remembered in the New Testament? As someone who believed God.


If you are a follower of Christ, your sins are forgiven. The regrets from 2011? They're covered in the blood of the Lamb, buried in the sea of forgetfulness! God remembers them no more! They are put out of His sight, no longer your burden to carry! Isn't that amazing?


What's even more amazing is what He remembers about you from 2011; He remembers every time you smiled at someone even though your own heart was breaking. He remembers when you laughed and played with your child while inside you were concerned about your finances. He remembers that you gave sacrificially to those who have less than you. All of these things are written down in the Book of Life - His book of remembrance of those He loves and has saved. Even when you talk with your friend about faith, He writes it down (see Malachi 3:16). 


Do not let the enemy remind you again of your sins, mistakes, and missteps from this past year. If you are in Christ, you are new creation! There is therefore NOW NO CONDEMNATION for you who are in Christ Jesus.


Forget what lies behind and look forward with faith and hope and thanksgiving! 


We are more than conquerors because of Christ in us! I don't think I'll ever fully comprehend His gift to us. But I am grateful nonetheless.


~Until next year


 

Reader Comments (7)

What a great reminder....that he remembers all the ways I have gone to bat for HIS.I never think about that. Thank you Susie for helping to lift my heart today!Looking forward and up!!!

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaryl
Oh my, Susie. What a lesson. As I read your post I could hear, "Sheila, this is how you must live. Forgiving the past offences against you. Remembering the blessings given to you."I will try, Susie. I really will.Thanks for helping us poor pathetic, saved and precious women.Blessings to you and your family.(I have your CD in the car and listen to it ALL the time. Over and over again.)
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
WONDERFUL!!! Thank you!!
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisha Hughes
Daryl,

Just want to say that you're a treasured friend. Love you.
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusie Larson
Sheila,

So glad this week's post spoke to you. Aren't we all poor, pathetic women apart from God? Yes, we are. :) Lord, help us all remember what's true about us now because of Your great love. We're loved, called, treasured, and equipped to live a powerful, significant life. Yes, Lord. Amen.
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusie Larson
Very good reminders to look at our 2011, and be thankful for what God smiles on. :) Also brings hope for what may come with 2012...all things are possible!!
December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWICK
Wick,

Thanks for your post. So true! All things are possible. May we all believe Him for the impossible.

Blessings to you and your family!
January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusie Larson

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