How are you? I’ve missed you these past couple of weeks. We spent lots of time with friends and family—laughing, making memories and eating plenty of dessert. 🙂
Now the New Year spreads out in front of us like icing on a cake. What will God decorate it with?
It seems each year a word (or few) lingers in my heart around this time. As 2012 slips in, I keep hearing “joy” as well as “prayer” and “impossible.”
What does that mean?
Joy – I’ve realized my purpose is to bring God joy every day. We all want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of your Lord.”
The phrase that has been standing out to me is enter in. That’s an ongoing word. It means the joy has already been happening. I can bring God joy here, now, today. Wherever I am. Whatever I am doing. You can too. Isn’t that exciting?
Prayer – I’m a striver by nature. I’m more likely to burn out than become a couch potato. But lately it seems God is whispering to pray, pray, pray. Ask him for big things. Trust him with results. Be obedient and then let him do the rest. Carry on a conversation with him all through the day, all through whatever comes my way. Whew. I don’t have to try so hard. Neither do you.
Impossible – Not only do I feel prompted to pray, I also sense that I’m to ask for God-sized things. Not as in “a big, big house” (too much cleaning—ha!) but just meaning that I’m to ask God to do in my life what only he can. God wants to work in us in ways that can only be explained by his presence in our lives. What do you want God to do in and for you this year that can happen in no other way?
I’m looking forward to 2012. I know there are many difficulties in our world. But as I look back through history, those seem to be the times when God comes through in the most extraordinary of ways. We may just have front row seats to see God do more than we ever even imagined he could.
Will you join me in asking God to bring more joy, prayer and the impossible to my life in 2012? And how can I pray for you this year too?
I’m so glad you’re here!