This year, my word for the year is ………….TRUST! I knew that this was my word a few months before the new year came.
Through the years I have had many things that I have prayed about on a steady basis for years. I would say that even though I know my Jesus to be faithful and all knowing that I also have become a little jaded because I have yet to see these things come to fruician. A hardening of my heart almost out of protection for my heart. But, all that has done is make me bitter and negative towards those things that I pray about on a continual basis.
So, this last year as my word from last year, ‘grace’, has certainly worked in my life big time. I have seen it thru and thru, how the Lord so willingly extends that to me. I too, feel like I have changed so much in the area of not just receiving and recognizing grace from my Savior but also in GIVING much grace. I think it has made my heart softer in areas for things I might have been judgmental about at one time.
I ask the Lord, what is it that you want from me? And over and over what came to my mind was TRUST!
The verse that I have known forever Proverbs 3:5-12 in the NIV but when I saw it in The Message it was like I had read it for the first time, so this goes along with my word this year.
Proverbs 3:5-12The Message (MSG)
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.
Every single line in this Proverb is exactly where I am placing all my energy this year.
Trust Him with all my heart even that part that is hardened.
Give up trying to understand the why’s or taking it into my own hands
Oh, how I want to hear His voice, IN EVERYTHING!
He will keep me pointed in the direction He wants me to go when I stay close to Him.
I don’t know much, this I know
Go to Him, even when at times I think ‘it doesn’t matter’ or I’m feeling small.
I want my body to be strong
I want to take care of that which He has blessed me with and talk to Him about all that He has given to me so that I may manage it the way He would have me to.
Yes, I want to give where He directs me to give. I want to see a need and do my best with taking care of it the way He would see fit.
Thank you Jesus for blessing that which I have
It hurts to be spanked but sometimes I know I have it coming and I know He knows best for me.
Yes, I can sulk, I can go into myself and feel so unheard that I don’t work it out, I just stay and feel beat up.
I know He knows what is for my own good. IN ALL THINGS!
I DO TRUST HIM and when I do feel any of these things in a negative way, I have been practicing, “I TRUST YOU JESUS” I say it over and over about all matters in my little world at the moment.