Purposeful Pursuit

It has been a while. I know. But, during the brief hiatus, I have still been writing, I just haven’t been sharing. I have also been doing a lot of thinking. I have been thinking about my life and my health and how those are tied to and reflective of my relationship with God.

A few months ago, I REALLY wanted egg nog. I craved it so much that I went to 4 different stores looking for it. The only problem was that I didn’t NEED it. It is full of calories and sugar that I definitely don’t need in my life. As I was driving back home from the 4th and final store, this thought came to mind – wouldn’t it be great if we pursued God with such intentionality.

The human side of us/our flesh causes us to pursue things we want that aren’t good for us. They aren’t intrinsically bad either, but we want them before God is ready for us to have them. The human side of us causes us to be impatient – seeking immediate gratification. You see that cake – you want it. You’ll figure out how many minutes of cardio it will take to burn the cake off later. You see that purse, car or house – you want it. You’ll figure out how to actually afford it after you’ve walked out of the store, driven off the lot, or signed the mortgage paper work. You see that guy – you want him. You try to convince God of how perfect you two would be together. The Holy Spirit encourages us to draw near to God. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8). As we draw to God, we will learn to be more patient and more reliant upon God’s perfect timing.

Sometimes, we get so caught up trying to adhere to our plans, dreams and goals that we fail to purposefully pursue God, pray for his will and be obedient to his direction. Today, still yourself before God, pray and listen for his direction and be obedient to His will.

What’s Next
Over the next several days, I invite you to journey with me as I offer tips to use in our purposeful pursuit of God and his will for our lives.

We will look at Purposeful Pursuit of God in:
1) Our Hearts
2) Bible Study
3) Prayer
4) Everyday Life
5) Our Purpose

There will be a key verse of scripture for each post, along with a hashtag in the event you want to tweet or post a status related to the way you are purposefully pursuing God. Today’s hashtag is #purposefulpursuit.

Be blessed,

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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!

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!!!