I have been praying over this new year because that is what I know to do every year for the last ten years. I learned the hard way to pray until I have finished. I haven’t finished and I started reading this morning and obeying the Holy Spirit’s calling to intercede. The Lord has told me that our church is in harvest for all the rest of this year and 2012.
We will reach people for Christ this year from our community and within a 45 mile radius of the church and beyond. I plan to write more this year, and share those writings on the internet with Word Press, and Face book.
I will be working with children this year and since the class has come the last month of 2010 and steadily been there in January, I expect them to come and more with them. I enjoy anything creative and I plan to incorporate acting out bible stories, painting, and having fun with games that are clean and will motivate them.
There is no disappointment in Christ, but getting to Him is difficult for some because they have so many obstacles. I read 1 Kings 18 today. I taught about Elijah to the children last night. It took awhile because we drew the story, played a game and answered questions, and then we acted the story out. They knew it by the time we dismissed. We didn’t get into games or golf.
My goals for this year are to pray, and pray, and pray! I want to seek the Presence of the Lord and to love Him with all my heart. Then I want to teach, teach, teach. The children want the power of God in their lives, and I tell them that any one under twenty-five has a definite chance of not being religious, but knowing their God.
My goal for 2011 is to grasp verses on the joy of the Lord and to take them to the class I teach. I would like to teach two or three classes. I would like to see teens come to Christ and enjoy bible studies together. I would give them pizza at times. I believe in eating and studying.
I am a serious student of the Word of God and that did not come easy. I want to teach children and teens and responsive adults how to dig into the Word of God and get something out of it. I have confidence that this year is one of the best years for that because people are tired of the same old thing. They are tired of no power of God in their lives. They are hungry for a fresh word and they must dig for it on their own as well.
I would like to finish more paintings, and I would like to share with children and adults how to get started painting. I would like to teach and let them paint right there with me. This has been a dream and I am sure it was not something that will burst like a bubble. I believe this is the Lord’s wish also. In class the children water-color already, but I want to give art lessons with all the trimmings.
I want to write more, not less this year. I would like to see some small writings published so we can give them out as booklets to our people and others. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I enjoy teaching, painting and writing. I have no other thing that I love to do. I love writing after being busy, but I am tired after the weekend. I write on Rubies Corner and I have six other blogs with that one that are connected to it. Wait Just a Moment, Rubies Recipes, Rubies Jewels, Rubies Advice, and Rubies Art Center. These did not come all at once. I plan to make more cartoons this year for Rubies Art Center.
I plan to be more organized and structured, and to spend large amounts of time studying, praying, and writing. Smile. What a busy year. I have no time for calamity, depression, or harassment. I’m adopting the study of Elijah and Elisha, and I plan to give surprises to the children who stay with me all year and study a book all the way through. We are going through Luke right now and at the end of the book, when we finish, I will reward them with a party and with some money for hanging in there with me. I am not rich, but a dollar can go a long way for a child.
This is a year of praying, studying, and full of joy of the Lord for me. I plan to bask in His Presence and He is the strength of my life. I love the Lord, because He first loved me, and His love never ceases. It continually flows from His throne.
I plan to develop joy, and warfare skills by studying the Word of God for myself. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds. I trust that as you read this you have goals for the new year 2011. I hope they are similar to mine.
This is an added comment on 7-21-2011. I have just reread my goals for the year. I have added a new blog, which makes 8 blogs. It is Rubies Songs . I have started this as a place to put the new songs the Lord gives me. I also will be writing about music and playing to an audience. I am not the major musician at our church. Our musician plays a twelve string guitar and sings worship music and her own songs which she has beautifully written. We have a talented leader. When she goes out of town, Isaac and I take up the slack. I practice the piano every day so I will be up for the little times that I have music on the piano. Practice doesn’t make me perfect. Practice makes me free to flow with the Lord as I play. I play without written music from my heart most of the time. Smile. When my mind is on Him, I play freely, and with fluency. This will continue this year. I have written about 6 songs this year, but they are not published or written down.