In less than 24 hours, we’ll be ringing in 2013. It’s time for those New Year’s resolutions. I’ve not thought about resolutions these last weeks though. Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds …. okay maybe a few more than a few! Exercising would be beneficial. Healthier food choices wouldn’t hurt either. Resolutions of the spiritual nature would be a wise choice. But as soon as I make them, I’ll break them. Failure abounds and resolutions are forgotten as the calendar pages turn over and over until it’s time to make those resolutions again. I don”t have the energy or time to think about resolutions no matter how good they may be right now. And that’s okay with me and it’s not because I’m giving myself an excuse to not exercise or eat healthier. And I’m not forsaking those spiritual disciplines that grow my faith and relationship with Christ. Yes, I’ll keep plugging away memorizing our M & M Monday verses but to make resolutions as this time of year dictates, it’s not happening here.
But there is a word that has been in the forefront of my thoughts these last months. A word that I will focus on walking in obedience to in 2013. Sometimes, well most times if we’re honest, we would prefer the circumstances of life to change but God’s preference overrides ours and we find ourselves having to surrender to His will – sometimes time and time again. I’m in one of those seasons in which I’d like a few things to change. I really should keep in my sights that these things are truly minor in the grand scheme of things but that doesn’t always happen when I find myself in the thick of things. Maybe this is your experience right now. Or perhaps those things that you wish were not are of a greater and more far reaching nature. Whatever the case, it comes down to following the example of Jesus and speaking those words of surrender our Savior did in the Garden of Gethsemane. I’m sure you’re thinking right about now that my word is surrender. It isn’t although it’s to be my – and your – constant mindset.
After a time of surrender not too long ago, I asked the Lord if things weren’t to change how was I to walk forward. His answer came not long after. As I read the words of the psalmist recorded for us in Psalm 105:4, I knew I had my answer. “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” I’ll be honest. I’m not always being obedient to that word. My flesh is selfish and would just prefer change so things could be easier and as I wish them to be. My flesh likes independence and not reliance. My flesh is prideful and doesn’t seek to humble itself. So there is a battle going on. That’s another post and I’ve been long enough already. So I’m focusing on seeking Him in 2013 and far beyond. And I know that as I seek His strength and His presence that all else will fall into place. “You have said, “Seek My face.” My heart says to you, ” Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8).
What will you SEEK this year?
This week, I could not choose between Psalm 105:4 and Psalm 27:8 for our memory verses so we’ll memorize both. I’m sure you’ll be blessed and I pray these words will transform each of our lives in this coming year.
** Have you committed to memorize Scripture in 2013? We’d love for you to join with us as we strive to hide His Word in our hearts. Do you want to know more about M & M Monday? Read more here.
There’s something new beginning next week at T2 Women! We’re excited! Women in the Word – our new Bible study – begins next Monday and M & M Monday will be a part of the study. You can read all about it here! We hope you’ll join us.
It’s been a busy Christmas season here at T2 and in our personal lives as we’re sure it has been in your lives as well. We will be taking a few days off as we prepare for our upcoming study on the Women in the Word. We appreciate your prayers during this time. Our Saturday Recipe and Scripture Sunday posts will publish as usual. We’ll be back next Monday with our first installment of Women in the Word! Be blessed as you seek Him!