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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Happy New Year! For the past several years I have written my first post of the year about my “word for the year” but the Holy Spirit has led me in a different direction this year. The past couple months have been weeks of quiet thinking and pondering. Instead of a word, I was led to some questions. The questions many days have left me silent and I think that’s exactly what the purpose was. A new year is usually filled with lists and plans and desires and I usually used my “word” to craft the me I was hoping to become. The questions are inviting me deeper, they are inviting me to lighten the grip I have on things that make me comfortable and they are inviting me to trust and love in bigger ways than I know how. Maybe some of the questions will help you see where God is calling you to walk a little closer with Him this year too.
*Who is Jesus? It’s two very different things to know about Jesus and to truly KNOW Jesus. To truly know Jesus we have to change our lives. What is he asking me to change? I can’t claim to know and love and follow him and be stuck in habits, attitudes and thoughts that are not His.
*Do I love Him enough to invite Him to change everything in my life if it’s keeping me at a distance from Him? Do I have the courage to say “Wreck me Lord?” Do I really trust Him enough to go all in, hands up surrendered and willing to let Him break away all of the parts of me that keep me from Him?
*Do I give Him the “first fruits” of my day without exception? Is His opinion of me the one that matters most?
*Do I realize He’s asking me to be completely dependent? He’s asking me to give him my will, my way and my time. In our dependence we rest in Him, find peace and learn to trust.
*Do I realize that trust is the antidote to fear and worry…courage is not. How quickly do I turn to Jesus with a heart full of trust?
*Do I try to fix things or trust in God’s response to the things I offer Him in prayer?
Those are some of the questions that have come to my heart the last several weeks. There aren’t quick fixes or easy solutions to any of them but they all require a prayerful, quiet pondering and they will all lead to change…which I suppose is the whole point. As we begin this new year, what is the Father asking you?
A Seed To Plant: Spend some quiet time with these questions and see if the Lord might be inviting you to sit and pray with one or two.
Blessings on your day!
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