Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WORD of 2013!

I have noticed that the prayer of my heart of late has been for my eyes to be open to the wonders of Him.  I want to see His hand in my everyday.  I know He is there, I just want to see it. 

Maybe it is because my heart knows that when I ‘see’ Him, His hand and His love, joy floods my soul.  Peace overwhelms me.  When I ‘see’ Him the circumstances and storms of life seem less likely to knock me down and stomp all over me.  Also, the good days are that much better when enjoyed with Him.

That’s what I want.  To not be so easily knocked down.  To live each day with wide-eyed wonder of Him.  To be like a love-sick school girl, hanging on His every move.

. . . in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

While praying for a name for the new year, perspective kept coming to mind. 

Perspective:  a way of regarding situations, facts and judging their relative importance;  the proper or accurate view or the ability to see it.

You see, when our perspective is proper our hearts are at peace.  Even the most dire straits can appear less dire with the proper perspective.  Think about it for a minute.  Imagine a circumstance and look at it from two different points of view.  You will see what I mean.

When I realize that my life is in the hands of an all sovereign Father who loves and cherishes me, that everything in my life is by His hand and for His purpose and glory and my good, things don’t look nearly as bad.

When I realize that this life is all about Him and His glory, when I really see my life through this perspective so many of my self-focused ideas just fall away.

When my perspective is through His word and His love the fight for joy is less intense.  Don’t think for one second I think this is going to be easy.  Not for a second!  But I am so excited with what He is showing me.  2012 was a crazy busy year and it left this mama feeling a bit battered, weary and dry.  These past few weeks have been almost like a ‘retreat’ with the Lord.  He refreshes His weary ones, that is for sure.


So, do you ‘name’ your year?  Any scripture, phrases or words to start your year off?  I would love to hear them.


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Uh...I think so. At first I thought it would be "Fear not"...but then I thought if I had to have it be only one word then perhaps "Fearless" would be best.
So that is what I have from the Lord thus far...."fearless".

Joy said...

What has been on my heart as I have considered this thought over the past week is 'consider' Luke 12:27 "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. I am not a huge worrier to begin with but God began a huge transition for us about 8 months ago and He is clearly not done yet. It is a helpful and quieting passage for me to think on. It also is a reflection of learning to parent my second youngest, he is a very different child, and I find myself constantly needing to consider and re-consider what will be best to mold his heart and character.

cooperkelly4 said...

Mine is grace. It seemed kinda too simple at first, but I just know this is the word for me for this year. Grace to be more of who He wants me to be IN Him. I am choosing to respond with grace and believing for grace for each moment.