December…The signal that another year is almost over

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By Bernadine McIntosh

It seems like just yesterday we celebrated the beginning of a New Year. There were 365 days, or 52 weeks, or 12 months, depending on how you look at it, looming before us.

At the beginning of a new year it always seems as if you have so much time before you. You have your plans and you’re sure you have all the time in the world to execute them. Then the time begins to pass quickly… and before you know it you’re in December and there is almost no time left.
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So what do you do? Do you say it’s impossible and give up? Do you rush to finish and maybe mess up? Or do you say, maybe God has a plan in all of this and if it doesn’t get done in this year, next year will be the year?

As the month of December signals the end of the year 2014 so does it signal the end of Women Walking with Jesus. This ministry of women encouraging women through writing is the vision of Pastor Lisa Shaw. I was honored to be invited to be a part of this beautiful team of women who every month drew from the personal stories of their lives to offer encouragement and hope to others.

I’ve read the stories of my sister-writers and was moved beyond words many times. It’s easy when writing to press the delete button and edit out the heart and personality of the story because you wonder, “do I really want to expose my heart that much? However, these ladies didn’t do that. They wrote from the heart and offered their experiences, whether happy, sad, or even tragic to inspire others. I think I’ve been one of the more quiet ladies in the group, but it’s because I’ve been reading and learning from their walk with Jesus even as I shared stories of my personal walk with him.

So what does the ending of Women Walking with Jesus have to do with the ending of a year…? Well I’ve learned a lot through both coming to an end. Sometimes we think “it” whatever “it” is, is going to last forever. Hence, we treat it that way and often run out of time. However nothing last forever. Whether it is a new year or a new project, give the best of yourself every single time. See the beauty in each day God allows your eyes to open without stressing out about what happens tomorrow.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matt 6:34 (NIV)

When I started my personal blog a few years ago I wanted a name that meant something to me. After praying about it, I named it Trusting Him with Today. Why? Because one of my biggest weakness is worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year… in doing so I often forget to simply trust Jesus with today.

So as this year comes to a close, don’t look at the things that didn’t get done and beat yourself up with whether or not you have enough time left. Do what you can today. Trust Jesus with each day. Trust him with your tomorrows. Trust him with your life. I promise you, you won’t ever regret trusting your future to him. I know, I’ve walked with him and trusted him for over twenty years of my life and I’ve never regretted it.

Below is a poem that I wrote over ten years ago. I hope it will encourage you as this year comes to an end.

A New Day Dawning

Yesterday is past and gone
Tomorrow is but a dream
Today is all that I have
To fulfill God’s holy call

Yesterday is but a memory
Tomorrow I may not see
So what I have to do for God
I must do today!

God cares not about yesterday
And tomorrow he’s never promised
He judges me by my today
so I must live it to the fullest

I must do all I can today!
I will not dwell on yesterday!
I cannot count on tomorrow,
I must do God’s will today!

So at the dawn of this new day
I make a promise in my heart
To not wait until tomorrow
But do God’s will today!

by Bernadine McIntosh
December 31, 2001

Thank you, Pastor Lisa for allowing me to be a part of this beautiful ministry of Women Walking with Jesus. Also, thank you for being a source of encouragement to me online, for many years. May God bless you as you continue His work.

 

bmpicBernadine McIntosh is a child of God, born and raised in a small town in the Bahamas.  She’s a quietly opinionated bookworm who loves family, friends, coffee, laughter and Jesus, just not necessarily in that order. You can often find Bernadine curled up in her favorite chair reading a book or writing in one. She is a work in progress whose desire is to live a life that honors God and to tell others of His love for them.  Please connect with Bernadine at her blog: Trusting Him with Today.

 

5 Responses to December…The signal that another year is almost over

  1. I like your poem very much Bernadine! It sums up the message in your heart today! So glad I’ve been chosen to write on this team and meet wonderful sisters like you. Our friendship is for eternity and that makes my heart sing!

  2. I’m trying to very simply enjoy each moment of each day and embrace what God has for me to do as it comes. I’m trying to slow down and recognize more fully His presence. I, too am very thankful for the opportunity God has given me here and the friendships that have grown stronger as well as the new friendships found through this journey. Another forever blessing….

    • “I’m trying to very simply enjoy each moment of each day and embrace what God has for me to do as it comes. I’m trying to slow down and recognize more fully His presence.”

      Love this Andrea. So am I.

  3. Beautiful reminder and words Bernadine. To fully relish the moment without regret over things left undone is still one my struggles. The present moment is all we really have and your poem really drives home the point of making the most of it. Many blessings. It’s been a joy walking along side of you.

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