Monday, January 25, 2016

A New Year, a New Verse, and a New Word



For me, I'm drawn to people whom I can tell are Christians without saying a single word.

They do not have to quote a single scripture verse. I can just tell by being in their presence there is something different about them. This has always been by goal, online-here in this blogging space, and in real life. I've always felt led to not preach to people but let my life speak for itself.

I think some good life-examples are:
  • Be at peace when everyone is panicking (i.e. the presidential debate). God is bigger and in control. Prayer over Panic.
  • Not gossiping, especially when you have an opinion on someone and it's nearly killing you to share it with everyone in earshot. Self-control.
  • Not rushing to judgement. Everyone has their own path they need to take to get to Jesus. And Jesus has each person on their own unique path. Trust Him.
  • Don't make blanket statements about groups of people, whether it's in regards to religion, skin color, sexuality, or affluence. Love others.
  • Don't be so quick to point out the fault in others when we have our own baggage to deal with. Pull the plank out. Don't judge.

Lord knows I don't do these perfectly, but they are good starting points, especially if I want to make a difference in the lives of those around me. 


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My Word
I didn't choose a word last year, but this year, I am claiming the promises of God in who He says I am.

I am Approved.

In order for me to do anything that God calls me to I have to once and for all lay down all my people-pleasing tendencies.

In Christ alone I am approved and do not have to prove myself(my worth, value, talents, abilities) to others. My only job is to live out the life God has called me, and to live and love others well.

I have no reason to fear the opinions of others (Galatians 1:10).


My Verse

A verse that seems to be circling around me is Proverbs 3:5-6,"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

How does this verse look when we break it apart? Let's see...

Trust- The opposite of worry. Every time I start to feel the rise of worry, I should see it as a call to verbalize, out loud, my trust in God.

Lean not on my own understanding- Oh, how I want to be in control of things that affect myself and loved ones. But, in most situations, I can't stand tall in my own strength, and I can't manipulate circumstances. I must learn to lean in. Rest fully on the Lord and His perspective in all situations. (God's ways are bigger than mine)

Acknowledge- He alone is God. Instead of letting my emotions and feelings run away from me, I must reign them in, and acknowledge Who is really in control.

He will make our paths straight- He will show me the path I should take. He will go before me and prepare the way. "The shortest path to God's richest blessings is always paved with trust and obedience. My head knows this...Lord, will you help my heart catch up?" Lysa Terkeurst

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I've gotten out of making resolutions. Instead this year, I started off with fasting from social media, and God showed me how much time I waste by being "social" instead of working. 

This year I feel God is calling me into new and exciting, yet, scary, territory. I feel He is calling me to live out the phrase, "There's Something Different."

I'm not yet sure what this means, but I am confident God will show me in due time :).

xoxo,
Alecia                                      



2 comments :

  1. Hi Alecia. I like your word. I hope you'll have a year of growing more in understanding that. (You and me both!) and I'm intrigued by your social media fast. Such a good idea. I'm trying to set only specific times for it each day. You're right. We can spend so much time there.

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  2. Great stuff here. Authenticity, approval, and trusting in Him. Sounds like God is going to do great things in 2016.

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