postheadericon Amazing Grace

First of all, I really have some AWESOME people in my life. Thank you to all for your kind words of encouragement over the past two days. I felt so loved and supported and it meant a whole lot to me!

I woke up singing Amazing Grace yesterday morning. I'm not sure where it came from, but that's what was in my head very first thing. And I think it's rather fitting for the New Year.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

T'was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come
'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

I was also bombarded with some incredibly powerful words yesterday and I want to share some of them here. How awesome that people express love through words. They are the most powerful thing I can think of. Words have the power to make someone's day and for that, I'm very grateful.

"We are blessed with God's grace and's to new beginnings again!"

"In some ways, confronting our shortcomings is a way of realizing that we are meant to seek more, to desire to be better, for the greater glory of God. And that's a good thing! Has Jesus forgiven you? If He has forgiven us, then who are we to hold onto that hurt? And remember, you probably don't even know all the people you've touched or inspired this year. Believe me! Thank you for sharing yourself."

"We are to remain in this healthy perspective. Let His thoughts be our thoughts. Remain. Let His ways be our ways. Remain. Let His truths go to the depths of our hearts and produce good things in our lives. Remain. Approach this world full of fellow incomplete people with the joy of Jesus. Remain. And be led forth in peace because I've kept my happy tied only to Jesus. Remain." (from Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst)

I had countless other encouragements, too. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank those of you who sent them my way!

I cried a lot yesterday, and thought a lot. And maybe I'm measuring the wrong things. It's true that I often have no idea the ways that God is using me for other people. Or the ways that He allows me to touch or inspire others. And that is what matters. Not how much weight I've lost or how many miles I've run. What matters is how many people I can share the love of Christ with.

I have a framed print up in my house that says:

"Above all, have intense and unfailing love for one another."

I'd guess that's based off of John 13:34, which says:

"A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

So as we ring in the New Year tonight, I want to remember that. That is how I want to measure my life this year. That's where I will be most blessed. That's what counts.

Happy New Year, everyone!


0 # Molly Anna 2014-12-31 15:43
I love you and your words, Janet. I feel that we should have a coffee date very, very soon.
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0 # Janet 2015-01-12 18:08
I would love to, dear :) Thank you for being you. You have an inspiring story and journey. Keep shining, beautiful!
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