Prayers of Faith

PRAYERS

This month, my pastor is doing a series on Prayer. Since it was announced that we would be focusing on prayer during worship services and bible studies, I have been thinking a lot about prayer and what makes our prayers effective. And one thing that keeps resurfacing during my meditation time is FAITH.  That led me to wonder how a “regular prayer” is different from a prayer of faith.
Verses on which to meditate:. 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 
Mark 11: 24
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22
Before I forget, if you are in the Atlanta Area and want to hear an awesome word, from an anointed man of God, I invite you to to come visit us this Sunday.  

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In my life, here is what I have learned about faith:
– Faith gives you supernatural confidence.
– When we take a leap of faith with God, we have everything to gain (and nothing to lose but fear.)
– Faith allows us to believe that God has a plan for our life.
– .Faith allows us to genuinely believe that ALL things work together for our good. 
– Faith allows us to be genuinely happy for the achievements of our family and friends because we know that if God is blessing them, He most certainly can and will bless us.
– Faith reassures us that in our loneliness, God is enough.
– Faith calms us despite discouragement and anxiety.
– Faith allows us to pursue our respective purposes with reckless abandon even when we can’t see where we are headed.
Additional Verses on Which to Meditate:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6 (I’d really just recommend reading the entirety of Hebrews 11. It’s all about FAITH!!
Knowing what I know about faith and about prayer, here are my tips:
1) Always Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – Remain in constant communion with God. 
2) Don’t Lose Heart (Luke 18:1) – Persevere; you already have the victory. 
3) Give Thanks in All Circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18) – Praise God for His goodness. 
I pray that your prayers shift from “regular prayers” to prayers of faith. Remember, God is not a man that He should lie, not a human being that he should change His mind. He will do just what he said!
A Prayer For You:

Dear Father, I thank you for each reader of this post. I pray that each reader will have full faith and full trust in You. I know that if we abide in you, you will abide in us. And that if you abide in us, we will fulfill our respective purposes and live blessed lives. Grant us the desire to spend time in your word and in your presence. Increase our faith so that we are comfortable coming boldly to your throne. Increase our faith such that we pray prayers of faith and know that what we ask will be done. We know that you are a God who is able to do more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. For that, we are thankful. Amen.

Peace,
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P.S. I’ve been away for so long because, well, life happens. But, in large part, because I am building a law practice. I entered private practice with my dad in January of this year. It is definitely an experience. But, I would’t trade it for anything. If you need a great lawyer or two, give us a call. If you’re in Northeast Georgia, call our Elberton Office at 706.283.9732. 

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Fearless in Your Faith

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Merry Christmas!! What better day to talk about faith than today – the day of Jesus’ birth. Mary and Joseph both had strong faith. God sent angels to prepare Mary and Joseph for Jesus’ arrival. Mary and Joseph believed what the Angels said and had faith that God would do just what he said. Earlier in history, Abraham  (Jesus’ ancestor), left everything that he had and everyone he knew (except for his wife and nephew) to obey God’s command. Out of their obedience and faith, greatness and miracles occurred.

Many of us profess to have faith in God, His will, His power and his timing. But, faith is also something that a lot of us seem to have a shortage of when things become uncertain (or so we think) or there is change in our lives.  We often give God our plan(s) and then become confused when He doesn’t lay our lives out the way we gave it to him. When the rubber meets the road, we talk to our friends about the possible outcomes of various situations. We worry. We doubt. We question whether God is going to answer our prayers and supply our needs.

In the past few days I have determined to be more fearless in my faith. Last week I gave my letter of resignation to my boss. Initially, it was a difficult decision. But, it was the right thing to do. When I first joined the office, I had a 5 year plan. I got comfortable and outstayed my 5 years by 2 years and a couple of months.  I am leaving because I have become uncomfortable. It was all God’s doing. He had to push me out of my comfortable position in order to effect change in my life. I am leaving to go into private practice with my father, something I used to talk about doing all the way through college graduation. But, I never did. A few months ago when I decided to take this huge leap, I began to have doubts and what ifs. What if I don’t make enough money? What if I don’t have enough clients? What if this?  What if that? What if, what if, what if?  But, because of my decision to be fearless in my faith, I feel better and better (read: less stressed :-)) with each passing day.

But, then I had to remind myself that God is NOT a God of what ifs. He is a God of provision (Jehovah Jireh). He is not a God of maybe. He is I Am.  He is not a God of uncertainty.  He is a God of certainty. Being fearless in your faith means you have expectant faith. Expectant faith sustains you. Expectant faith gives you peace. Expectant faith changes lives. I reminded myself that God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19). I also reminded myself that God’s word will not return void; it will accomplish that which he sends it to do (Isaiah 55:11).

Today, I encourage you to have expectant faith. Expectant faith is the best type of faith. It means that you believe that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) AND that He will give you the desires of your heart, if you delight in him (Psalm 37:4). We have to be more like Mary, Joseph and Abraham – believing that God will do just what he has promised.

I am stepping out on faith and walking deeper into my purpose. I am purposing to have Faith in God’s timing. I am purposing to have faith in God’s plan for my life. I am purposing to be fearless in my faith. I invite you to do the same.

Dear Father, thank you for going before us in every difficult situation and decision. Thank you for the ability to rely on your word during difficult times. Thank you in advance for increased faith. I pray that every act that is prompted by our faith in you brings glory to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wishing you Christmas Miracles and Blessings,

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Batter Up!

imageIt is baseball season. I haven’t been to a baseball game all season, which is a little saddening.  I even had to give away the Braves v. Mets tickets I had for June 17, 2013 because I was out of town.  I played some form of ball (involving a ball, bat and glove) from the age of 4 years to 20 years old (when I graduated from college).  Check out my gear to the left. 🙂 I often batted fourth, especially when I played slow pitch softball, because I had the power to be the clean-up hitter. It was a badge of honor to look at the line-up and see “Tara” listed fourth. But, something that many of us, including me, sometime fail to realize is that we don’t have the power to clean – up all the messes in our lives. These messes are our proverbial mountains.

Sunday’s sermon title was “Mountain Mover.” The text was selected verses from 2 Kings 19. The preacher preached about different types of mountains, why they aren’t removed from our lives when we speak to them and what we must do in order for God to move these mountains.  It definitely gave me a different perspective on the subject.

Mountains are those things in our lives that cause us stress or anxiety. Mountains can literally be just about anything – finances, health,  work or family.   We all have or have had mountains in our lives.  The bible tells us that if we have faith and speak to our “mountains” they will move (Mark 11:23).  But, there are times that we have spoken to our mountains and they haven’t moved. We may have thought that we didn’t have enough faith or that we weren’t saying the right things.  But, as the preacher said yesterday, the real reason that God has not moved the mountains in our lives is because we have not met the prerequisites by:

(1) Being humble – 2 Chronicles 3:12-14 & 1 Peter 5:5-6;
(2) Repenting of our past sins – Luke 13:5; and
(3) Asking God for direction – Proverbs 3:5-6.

Another reason our mountains aren’t removed from our lives when we speak to them is because we try to depend upon our own power – knowledge, logic and other abilities.  We try and try again to structure our lives the way “we” want them to go. But, we fail, time and time again. To continue the baseball analogy, it was “a swing and a miss.” We must remember that God’s ways are not our ways.  His thoughts aren’t our thoughts. He knows what is best for us, even when it is not what we had envisioned for ourselves. (Isaiah 55:8-9).

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WE will never be able to ensure constant sunshine and roses in our lives.  Even God doesn’t promise those things. He promises love, guidance, eternal life (through Jesus Christ) and provision for our needs.  We all have our own mountains.  If we rely on our own strength, we will make numerous failed attempts to climb them.  With God, he will remove them completely.  When our best efforts aren’t working, it is God’s turn at bat.  When we sometimes try to do things based on our perceived power, God doesn’t get to take his turn first.  Because we think God will take too long, we don’t even let God go second, third or even fourth.  Sometimes, depending upon the situation, we keep trying to make things work out based on what we think we know or what we think we can do.  If we rely on God, he will not only get us to first base, but he will see us through until we make it around the bases and slide beautifully into home plate. When we ask and allow God to be the clean – up batter in our lives, it is God-honoring.

Once we focus on God, His kingdom and His love, we will know it is God’s turn to speak to the mountain. Once we let God have his turn, everything will work out. He will fight our battles.  He will use us for His glory.  He will work through us so that others can see our good works and glorify him (Matthew 5:16).  He will allso supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory (Philipians 4:19).

Here’s hoping I get to a game before the season is over. 🙂

Love, peace and blessings!

P.S. K.P., an awesome person who is dear to me, inspired this post.
P.P.S.  I made mini peach cobblers Sunday afternoon.  I bought the peaches from an orchard on my way back from Macon Saturday afternoon.  The process was much easier than I expected. But, the flour all over my kitchen would seem to indicate otherwise. 🙂 I’ll be making a larger one for July 4th, but I wanted to test the recipe (which I will post by the end of the week)  in a smaller quantity. My dinner consisted of crab cakes, sautee’d spinach and rye bread with Boursin cheese.  I was very close to heaven!

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A Prayer for My Blog

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I am a firm believer in prayer.  If you haven’t already, you really should read Praying to Change Your Life.  It really will change your prayer life. 🙂  I know that prayer changes things.  It has changed many things in my life, especially when someone else prayed for me (when I didn’t pray as I should).  But, before I dive in to my prayer for my blog, I have to back up just a little bit.  Two days ago, one of my friends called and told me how much she enjoys my blog and that it lifts her spirits.  Listening to her talk about how my words encouraged her blessed my soul, which I really needed yesterday.  It is a totally awesome feeling to know that what I write inspires another person. It is almost unbelievable that people actually look forward to what I write.  I say almost unbelievable because it has been my prayer that my words would motivate, encourage the readers.   Because of those prayers, I know it is possible.

I pray blessings over my blog, my community of supporters, my writing and my life.

I pray for my blog.  I pray that I always blog intentionally and with purpose.  My prayer for my blog is that it honors and brings glory to God, above all else.  I pray that my blog’s readership increases and that this part-time hobby can catapult me into a business venture. It is my prayer that I inspire readers as I convey God’s amazing grace.

I pray for my community of supporters.  My prayer for my supporters, who find  time in their busy schedules to visit my blog, read my posts and look at my crafts and recipes, is that they have an earnest desire to live as God calls us to live and an earnest desire to build a more intimate relationship with Him.  I am thankful for the comments.  Not all readers leave comments, in fact, I get more Facebook messages and text messages than anything.  Those messages lift my spirits and keep me going.

I ask God to give me the right things to write.  My blog isn’t about me.  I am God’s vessel.  It is about Real. Life. Christianity.  I am a real person who experiences things common to young women. Transparency and authenticity are the goal.   It has only been a few short months, but it seems like much longer.  I hope I have been transparent (enough) 🙂 about my life – shortcomings, vulnerabilities and all. I ask God for the ability to write graceful and insightful words that draw people closer to Him.

God has made us what we are, in our union with Christ Jesus he has created a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us.
Ephesians 2:10 (GNT)

Last, but not least, I pray for myself.  Each day, I am one step closer to wherever God is taking me.  I feel as though everyone who lives for Christ has a ministry.  My life is my ministry, and my blog is my platform.  I am thankful that God does indeed have a purpose for my life, despite my uncertainty about my purpose.  I do know that I have been placed here to do the great work that He has created in advance just for me (Ephesians 2:10).  I am thankful that He has given me a platform to express my faith, in a way that inspires others and allows them to see God in me.

As always, I wish you peace and blessings!

P.S.  When I started writing this, my intention was not for it to be as long as it turned out.  (shoulder shrug) 🙂
P.P.S.  I am getting really excited about my 30th birthday events!!!!

TLW III: When We Don’t Wait

imageWaiting requires patience. The last part of the series ended with talk of waiting patiently. Not only don’t we wait patiently, we don’t wait at all. We take matters into our own hands. We don’t wait for a man to find us (He who finds… Proverbs 31: ). Instead, we are out hunting.  I’m not, saying you shouldn’t be out and about where you are in a position to be found.  What I am saying is that you should allow men to pursue you. The question becomes, is a little nudge okay?  🙂 That ‘s for you to pray and think about.

But, don’t be in a hurry. As the old adage says, “haste makes waste.” 🙂 It causes wasted time with the wrong person or people.  This is time that you can never get back. When we don’t wait, we end up in bad situations with men God did not intend to have significant roles in our lives.  Just because someone is a good person does not mean that he is necessarily right for you. Plus, when we try to create our own relationships, it sometimes causes us to hook up with non-believers.  2 Corinthians 6:14 advises us against becoming involved with non-Christians.

 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

We’ve all (at one time or another) thought that God was taking too long to handle a certain situation.  King Saul undertook a duty that wasn’t his (offering the sacrifice) because he felt God was taking too long.  Saul ‘s hasty actions were indicative of his refusal to wait on God to carry out His plan; and, in his haste he created even bigger problems (see 1 Samuel 13:8-23).   His impatience was the ultimate display of his faithlessness.  Another biblical example of a person acting hastily was Sarah giving her servant Hagar to Abraham so she could conceive.  God had promised to make Abraham father of many nations.  Sarah didn’t believe God’s promise could be fulfilled through her, so she took matters into her own hands, which caused problems in the household. (See Genesis 16 and Genesis 21:8-21)  These examples make me think of Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

…to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.    Proverbs 19:2

When we don’t wait on God, we have regrets – regrets of wasted time and energy.  During our singleness, we are called to grow in our relationship with God – not waste our singleness.  Focus on becoming the right person instead of finding the right person by seeking the kingdom of God FIRST. Your love for Christ should inspire you to pursue Christ, your purpose and your passions, as you wait on God’s timing.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

I pray that God gives you the desires of your heart.

Peace and blessings!

P.S. Stay tuned for Part IV.

P.P.S.  Click here to see the birthday pennant and baby shower banner I  made!

P.P.P.S.  I stumbled upon an energy bar recipe (do it yourself Lara Bars) on Tuesday Test Kitchen.  Click here to see the cashew and almond-cranberry protein bars I made.

Powerful Prayer

The bible references prayer A LOT!!!!  So, it must be important, right? 🙂 As life gets in the way, we sometimes forget just how important prayer is. We also forget that prayer is powerful. Last year, my bible study class read Praying to Change Your Life (pictured below) by Suzette T. Caldwell. The author encourages readers to look up verses of scripture that relate to their situations/prayer requests, to adapt the model prayer (a/k/a The Lord’s Prayer) by including the verses in the prayer and then to pray that prayer over their lives.  I highly recommend this book! Since reading it and working my way through the practice examples in the book, I feel much more confident about the strength and effectiveness of my prayers. Prayer is powerful; but, it is even more powerful when we use God’s word.

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After some thought about prayer, I have come to the conclusion that that are some common characteristics of powerful prayer. Powerful prayers are:

 (1) Based on Pure MotivesWhen we go before God, we should have pure hearts.  Unwillingness to forgive, resentment, bitterness and jealousy block our prayers.

(2) Full of Faith – We must be confident when we pray. We must believe and not doubt (James 1:6). When we do this, we will receive whatever we ask in prayer (Matthew 21:22).

(3) In Jesus’ Name – We must make our requests to God through Jesus’ power and authority. We often hear prayers ended “In Jesus’ Name.” The reason is that the bible tells us that whatever we as for in Jesus’ name will be given to us. (John 14:13, 14 and John 16:23, 24)

(4) Offered with Thanksgiving – We should always give thanks for what God has already done (Philippians 4:6,7). There is always something for which to be thankful, and we are instructed to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  After all, things could always be worse.

(5) Specific and Bold – The bible tells us that we shall have what we decree (Job 22:27, 28) and that we are privileged to be able to come to God and boldly request anything according to his will (1 John 5:14). God knows our hearts, our needs and our deepest desires.  Yet, he still wants us to ask him for what we want.  We have not because we ask not.

(6) Unceasing – We must pray continually and earnestly. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 and  James 5:16).

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Prayers don’t consist of just words; they don’t have to be said while we are on our knees; they don’t even have to be said aloud. A prayer can be as few or as many words or groans (Romans 8:26) as we feel it takes to get our point across to God.  Prayer still works! Continually make specific, bold prayer requests of faith in Jesus’ Name.

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:6,7 (NLT)

 Peace and blessings!

God’s “I Will”

imageThis morning during his sermon, the pastor said, “God’s ‘I will’ is enough!”  Mind you, that wasn’t even a main point of the sermon; but, when he said that phrase, it resonated with me.  I could no longer hear the chatter and movement going on around me.  I thought, “You know what, it’s enough for me too.”  In fact, it’s more than enough. The Phrase “I will” is found throughout the bible. Those “I wills” are promises from God.  When I was a child my parents bought me a book called A Promise is a Promise. That book talked about the importance of keeping promises. As I got older I learned that people break promises, not always because they never intend to keep them. Sometimes broken promises are the result of overextending themselves or changing their minds after the promise has been made.  I digress…

God’s “I will” is a promise that we can count on. We don’t have to worry about Him changing His mind or making a promise He knows He has no intention of keeping. People will disappoint you, but God never will.  God calls us to be faithful. When we have faith, we can speak God’s “I wills” or promises over our lives.

I have listed a few verses of scripture (from the NIV) that include promises from God in the form of I will. As always, I pray that the verses encourage, uplift and motivate you.

  • I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people of the earth will be blessed through you.  Genesis 12:3
  • I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised.  Genesis 28:15
  • I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. Leviticus 26:9
  • And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15
  • He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:15-16
  • So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  • See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not see it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
  • Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Isaiah 46:4
  • Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:14
  • I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel. Jeremiah 15:21
  • Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:12 – 13
  • Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
  • I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
  • I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. John 14:18
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • I will never leave or forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5
  • Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify your hears, you double – minded. James 4:8

God’s I will is a promise. Stand on God’s promises. When you are having doubts or your faith is low, remember that GOD’S I WILL IS ENOUGH! 

Peace and blessings!

Joy I Can’t Explain

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Several months ago, I had a friend tell me that I am always happy and that nothing seems to bother me.  Initially, I disagreed with her.  Then I realized that she was right. Something had changed. I had to ask … Continue reading

Word(s) of the Year

I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be a year of significant change for me! I’m not the biggest fan of change, but change is always for our betterment.  I will be open to whatever changes await me next year because whatever the change(s), God has something absolutely, positively amazing in store for me. Many people advocate choosing one word for the year because it gives you a different outlook during that year. I have tried and tried, but I can’t choose just one. This is proof of my indecisiveness; more on that later.

My bible, journal and concordance

My bible, journal and concordance

If you haven’t already chosen a word for 2013, it’s not too late. Keep in mind, you don’t have to choose a word.  I’m choosing one because it will give me something to focus on during my meditation and something to refer to when I’m frustrated with life or circumstances. This is my first year choosing a word of the year. I have faith that it will set the tone for my year.  Words are important. If chosen properly, your word will guide your behaviors, transform your thoughts and inspire you to do and be better.  Your word can also challenge you in your spiritual walk.  I am sharing a list of words that is comprised of my top choices, along with related scripture.  Maybe by the end of the night I will have chosen just one. We’ll see. 🙂 Feel free to choose one of these if it speaks to your soul.

Encouragement

Hebrews 3:13 – But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Faith

Hebrews 11:6 –But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Ephesians 3:12 – In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God’s presence with all confidence.

Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God.

Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Grace

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Growth

2 Peter 3:18 – But continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Hope

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hopeby the power of the holy spirit.

Joy

Nehemiah 8:10 – …Do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Love

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self – discipline.

Peace

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Purpose

Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will work out his plans for my life…

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me.  You will come and pray to me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.

Ephesians 2:10 – God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Redemption

Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Titus 2:14 – Our Savior Jesus Christ gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Steadfast

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Surrender

Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God…”

James 4:8 – Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…

SURRENDER!!! This will be my word for 2013. “I surrender all.  All to thee, my precious savior…”  I surprised myself; I was able to choose one word before I finished the post! Things are changing already. J  Initially, I thought long and hard about my word. I stopped thinking about it, and then it started appearing everywhere. I should’ve recognized that as confirmation. But, as I was typing this post, it was that word that stood out.  So, for 2013 (and beyond), I am being called to surrender my desires and my plans to His PERFECT will. After all, God doesn’t need any assistance from little ol’ me. As Psalm 46:10 tells me, I just need to be still, know that God is in control and that’s He’s got me. After all, he promised to perfect that which concerns me.  

surrender

Surrender means to cease resistance and submit to authority.  Surrendering also means not to worry about things that I’ve prayed about.  So, when I attempt to chart my own course, I am resisting God’s will for my life. Shame on me!!!! I never looked at it that way before. The more I think about it, when I resist God’s will for my life by trying to get from point A to point B quicker or trying to skip B, C and everything else in between and move right to Z, I am actually delaying my own progress. Focusing on SURRENDER for the year will enable me to achieve my goals in that I won’t be resisting God.

It is my prayer that a spirit of surrender will become a part of me, so much so that it will become second nature.    Surrendering will challenge me to let go and let God; it will fulfill God’s plan, guide my choices, transform my thoughts and inspire a spirit of obedience.

If you have chosen or subsequently choose a word of the year, I’d love for you to share it.

Happy New Year and Peace & Blessings!!!