It's nice to have a break.
While I haven't been blogging this last month, I have been...
- Feasting on delicious festive food served up at the in-laws.
- Enjoying some well-chosen Christmas presents, like the Yes Minister Miscellany, Muppets Socks, A Stephane Grappelli vinyl record, cheese and Bohnanza.
- Dressing up in 1920's garb.
- Reading Leviticus.
- Attending the annual Youth for Christ Conference (which I normally devote a whole post to, maybe I'll do that at some point).
- Playing the translucent blue recorder the Open University sent.
- Not making new year's resolutions.
One thing I've been thinking about is this:
As we move forward, if we want God to use us more and see more changes in our lives or in the world around us, then we'll have to let ourselves become more dissatisfied, more grieved and hurt, more burdened and troubled by those things that need to be changed.
We like to quote James 4:8a, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" without necessarily following onto "Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you."
I hope that this year will bring lots of blessing, but I mainly hope to get closer to God's heart, and that might mean that this year brings more mourning and weeping.