Happy New Year to You and Your Family!!  With a new year comes much talk of new plans, resolutions and ways of living. Some like to think of it as "refresh" on life.   As a Catholic, we are always given a way to "refresh" by going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  What an incredible gift given to us - a chance to refresh, reconcile, renew and be forgiven!   For many of us, our resolutions are often forgotten by the end of January.  This year, I decided not to focus on a resolution.  I decided to focus on persevering.  The best part is that I am not persevering on my own - I am working daily to persevere in my trust in God.  When "I" make a resolution it often fails or it is forgotten by the third week of January.  However, when I persevere in my trust in God and HIS plan for my New Year I am in much better place. The Webster dictionary gives this definition of persevere -"continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success".  However, with God, there is always a prospect of success.  It may not be what we had in mind, but God's plan is always successful.  Many of us face daily struggles - "what is God's will for my life", "how will I pay these bills", "how can I lose weight", "am I a good mom or dad", "what will happen with my job" and on and on.  To find the answer to all of these questions and EVERY decision we make, we must ask GOD. He has THE plan, He has THE answer, He is THE author of our life. Although many times it feels as thought He is not there or answering our prayers, we must trust in His timing.  He waits daily for us to seek Him - to praise Him and to ask Him for guidance.  When we feel that He isn't there or He isn't answering...persevere. 

As this New Year begins, I will persevere to seek God FIRST every morning and surrender my every thought, word and action to Him for the day.  Will you join me? 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12