Sunday, January 5, 2014


Here we are at the beginning of another new year. 2014. A fresh start. We’ve spent the last few weeks of 2013 remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. When God became man. We have the time wrong but really we should be celebrating the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God Almighty, every day not just on certain occasions. Daily. Celebrate. King of kings.
That is going to be my word for this year.Celebrate. I know people celebrate special occasions – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new jobs, retirements, etc. But I want to celebrate every day. Every ordinary day. By thinking on Jesus and praising Him. By honoring Him first of all in my life. By remembering and returning to my first love.
Some of the definitions given for the word celebrate are:
  1. Publicly acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity
  2. Honor or praise publicly
  3. To make known publicly, to proclaim
  4. To praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice
That is my intent this year. As I seek to live more in His Presence. This is where I want my main focus to be. I’m going to celebrate Jesus each and every day. In different ways. But always. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes in small ways. But all ways.
I know my soul and spirit rejoice when I am in church and praising Him with song and uplifted hands. I want to feel that rejoicing every day. The intensity of it. Every day. No matter what I am doing. To celebrate. Life. Love. Peace. Joy. Daily.
I plan to delve into the book of Acts because I believe that’s what they did in the beginning. Not a solemn, quiet, controlled celebration full of ritual and routine. No a daily exuberant celebration. One full of joy and wonder. One full of gratitude and sharing. Publicly.
Social media watch out as I overcome my shyness through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. I don’t expect a big bang or explosion. Just a slow, quiet expansion of His Presence in my life. Lord help me to be brave. Help me Lord to overcome my fear of what others may say or think. Help me Lord to focus on You and the plans You have for me.
Help me Lord to celebrate You!

Happy to be His!



margaret said...

what a great way to start the year, just wish I had a voice so I could sing out loud and clear to prise our Lord but afraid only do so when songs of praise is on the tv and no one can here me.

karen said...

celebrate sounds like a fine choice Rose. How is your daughter???? I do hope you are keeping warm too. Do you have the bad weather?

Rose said...

Karen my daughter is getting better. It just takes time to recover from surgery. Thank you for asking! The weather has been very cold for us - down in the 15 degree range - remember I used to live in Hawaii - lol.
Margaret my voice is not that good and our music at church is rather loud so no one can really hear me! Having said that though I still can hear my mother sing some of the old hymns in her high soprano voice. It wasn't that great but it sure gave me memories. I wish I could hear her sing again.