My word for 2018 is OPEN. I want to be open to God. To whatever He has for me. Whatever He wants me to do and be.
I want to be open to my husband. Open arms, open heart, not holding back.
I want to be open to my family and friends. Available for what they need.
I want to be open to people I meet along the way. Strangers. I want to let them see me. See the light in me.
Open my heart Lord. To love and care.
Open my eyes to see those around me.
To see into their hearts. To look into their eyes.
Open my ears not just to hear but to listen intently.
Open my soul to let your light shine. To be transparent.
Open my wallet that I will be generous.
Open my hands so that I’m willing to give where you want me to give.
Please Father, help me do my part. Help me be willing to hear and obey. To trust you whatever you ask of me.
Please fill me with your Holy Spirit.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
S – “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
O – We should take careful thought about how we walk, how we live our lives, and not just foolishly trip along, not examining our actions. We need to be wise and make the best use of our time not wasting it just living for the moment, living for ourselves. To make the best use of our time is to understand the will of the Lord. This is imperative because the days are evil. This is not Leave it to Beaver. These are evil days. People are suffering on earth, dying, and going to hell. We can’t just skip through life picking out paint colors, and drinking tea. There’s something greater going on. It’s not sinful to enjoy the gifts we have, but it is sinful to pretend that’s all there is to life. There will be no reward in heaven for just enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
A/P – Father, I need this truth in my life. I need to live for more than just taking care of our house, decorating, shopping, cleaning, eating, and going my merry way. I know this isn’t all there is. I know people all around are hurting. I know so many in the world don’t have the gifts I do. I don’t want to live like the “princess in the tower” or the “girl in a bubble”. Open my eyes to see, to give, to sacrifice, and to be willing to serve. Thank you for all the gifts you have given me! Thank you for the privilege to learn, study, and grow. Thank you for your love.
This is a message straight to me, to my heart. I pray God will help me move beyond where I am and live more wisely.
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The call came to me
Just come play a little
It will feel so good
Taste so good
Come and try it
You won’t get hurt
I felt the pull
Just come a little closer
Just a little step
You can always go back
You know you want this
Then the whisper of God’s Spirit
It’s a lie
You won’t find satisfaction there
You won’t have real fulfillment
It will end in regret
Let Me give you what you need
Who will I listen to?
The pull is strong
But the love of God constrains me
I have answered both before
And listening to the lie has ended in regret
But the love of Christ is always there
Welcoming me back
Yet, once the choice is made
I cannot change the results
I cannot get back what I missed by not trusting
I can only decide that today
I will trust His love.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
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