What is Your Word for 2019?

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My word in 2018 was “faith”. I am naturally a planner but what I am learning is sometimes you have to just let things be. If I could, I would plan all my days for 2019; yet what I learned about myself this year is the importance of leaving some margin in my plans for Jesus to move.

In order for my faith to rise, I had to let go and allow Jesus to move on my behalf. To be willing to go when plans change and to be willing to keep going when things are not happening as I thought they would.

2019 I am devoted to being intentional. I felt this on my heart for the last few months. I desire to be intentional with those in my world, to be intentional in spending time with my Savior and to be intentional with the time He has given me.

This year reminded me that tomorrow isn’t promised. Death is no respecter of age but if the Lord has blessed me with another day, I want to be intentional in how I spend it. The planner in me often works off a to-do list and it is my goal to check everything off but I want to intentionally do what the Lord is calling me to do that day. If it means that something doesn’t get done because I need to spend time with a friend who is hurting then I desire to be intentional to keep a “yes” in my pocket for what is needed that day.

Will it be easy? No, but I believe it is the word He has given me and my heart desires to steward it well.

There is a song by United Pursuit titled “Waste it All” and I think it truly depicts the kind of life I desire to live. It is about being intentional to spend your life devoted to Jesus.

What word has the Lord placed on your heart and how will you steward it in 2019?

Today’s prayer: Father, I pray that as we go into a new year that we will steward our time while being devoted to whatever you are calling us towards each day. I ask that you give my sisters a word or a verse this year to meditate on. My hope is that we will break our alabaster jars open this new year and pour it on you every day. Lead us in the way we should go Lord and let us not depart from your presence.

The Start of New Beginnings

Group of people hugging outdoors; sunset2017 had a very difficult start but one thing I quickly learned is I could either dwell in the tough moments or become a student of it. No one is exempt from the storms of life but if you commit to seeing the lesson in the storm; it can change your perspective and set the tone for the remainder of the year.

I’m so thankful that during personal storms, standing in prayer for others and seeing the physical storms this year that I was still able to hear the whispers of hope. Although 2017 wasn’t always great; I was committed to making memories & choosing joy anyways.

I’m grateful to close this year out strong but even more grateful for the start of new beginnings.

Whatever you’re believing for in 2018, my prayer is that you truly commit to the journey and the lessons along the way. There will be good and bad days ahead but if God is our rock and salvation, we will not be shaken (Psalm 62:6).

New Year, New Opportunity

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A survey by Pollfish revealed that 1 in 3 Americans believed 2016 to be a bad year. With all of the protests, life events and so much uncertainty, 2016 left many in despair. For some reason, I really feel like 2017 is going to be a good year. I’m not sure what that means but I am confident of God’s plans through it all. I learned so much in 2016 and I pray that the truth of those lessons will be revealed.

Since it is the beginning of 2017, everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Around the office everyone is dieting, placing bets on who can lose the most weight and making new work goals to build and foster relationships. All of this is great but as we know, we often start the new year off with great motives but then fall short at the first sign of failure, disappointment, or things not going as planned.

Unfortunately but fortunately this is life. As much as we set and strive towards goals, we will fall short in some areas. But honestly that’s ok. We weren’t created as perfect humans who’d be able to check off everything on our list. We were uniquely created as a flawed individual who can be graced for our occasional stumbles.

I think it is so important to prepare and write your goals down but as you begin to think about what you want to accomplish this year, I want to encourage you to make your heart the main focus this year.

Your true beauty comes when your heart is pure and faithful. As much as it is important to climb the corporate ladder, graduate from school, it is also important to ensure that your heart is focused on the things that matter. I believe when your heart is right, the favor of God will begin to flow through you.

Let’s begin this year by setting a goal to get to know your Heavenly Father more. Commit to spending time with him every day and studying his word. Allow him to speak the truth to you through his word.

Next, fast & pray. This is critical in your spiritual walk to devote a specific period of time towards sacrifice. Your fast can be whatever your heart desires just make sure it’s a true sacrifice. If you love reality television, commit to turning the tv off and giving that time to God in prayer. The beginning of the new year is always a great time to do a fast.

Lastly, having an accountability partner is so important. You’re not created to do life alone. I encourage you to have someone to walk beside you during your journey. My prayer has been: Lord, attract me to people who see me the way that you see me. I want people in my life who will really pray and encourage me. People who won’t judge me for my stumbles but are there to lift me up. People who aren’t quick to throw something in my face but choose to love in spite of my falls. I want the same for you.

I pray that God’s blessings pour over you this year. I pray that he will give you visions for your life to chase after but I also pray that you will commit to having a heart fully devoted and after him.