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My "News" Are In His Hands
By Teresa Lee Rainey

Ah, the holiday season is behind us and a new year has begun. I, for one, am knee-deep in Christmas clutter that must now be either disassembled or assembled, played with or packed away, until next December when it will be pulled back out of storage to be assembled once again.

This is not the way I envisioned starting the New Year.

Where did the days of youth go? You know, when all the New Year meant was trying to think of some silly resolution that I would keep Ė at least through January. I would dance along with time; no worries to consider.

It seems that time keeps a faster beat now that I am older and have responsibilities. I struggle keeping step to this increased rhythm. One year comes and goes, and another cuts right in and takes over.

Before this year starts bee-bopping past too quickly, I would really like to sit down, take a break amidst my clutter and reflect on the steps God has led me through this past year. Have I made any progress as Iíve struggled to keep up with time? Have I appeared to move gracefully in the steps God has laid out for me?

I wonder, how can I even begin to know if I have been stepping in the right direction?

Psalm 37:23-26 (KJV) tells me that, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighted in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord uphold him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed."

The past year has held a lot of new steps for me. Our little family moved 2000 miles away from home, trusting that God was leading us in His direction. I can proudly say that Iíve persevered through new feelings of homesickness, new schools, new job, new temperatures Ö I have even had the new experience of driving in snow. At times it has seemed as though I would be overwhelmed with all the "news" to endure, but overall there have been more moments of delight than feelings of defeat. The Lord has been mercifully holding me up and I do feel blessed.

As I stand and begin packing away our Christmas clutter once again, the "news" of last year slide into steps of delightful old memories. I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV), "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Last year did pass by so quickly, and a new year has stepped in its place. It is time to put away the old and bring on a new set of "news". The future steps this year holds suddenly look a lot easier.

This year, instead of a New Yearís resolution, I am going to start by letting God lead. He is much better at keeping step with time than I could ever be. Maybe He will even guide this old girl through a brand new groove as I put my trust in Him.

"In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy nameís sake lead me, and guide me." (Psalms 31:1-3 KJV)
Teresa Lee Rainey has been in love with the written word all of her life. Her passion for writing began as soon as she could form sentences on paper. As she matured, Teresa also fell in love with Godís Word and continues to strive toward a better understanding of all the treasures found within those pages. It is now her desire to help others grow in Christ through her stories. Teresa, along with her husband and two of their boys, were transplanted from her native home of Florida to the Nebraska plains in the spring of 2004. This move has given her time to pursue her passions. She is grateful for the time she now has as a wife, mom, friend, and inspirational author.

LIFE LESSONS FROM 2004:
Iíve learned that man will always disappoint. It doesn't matter who it is or how much they love you: your parents, your children, your best friend, your spouse ... eventually, given enough time, they will disappoint you. You will even disappoint yourself. Jesus is the only one who will never disappoint me, so I need to stop looking to man and lean more on my Savior. (Dori Knight)


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