Happy New Year!
We made it! 2018 is here. Lets get into it!
I don’t set New Year resolutions anymore. I feel like as people we’re constantly changing and evolving. I enjoy making change, when needed, as I go through the year, but overall, I do believe in having a theme. Having a theme keeps my mind focused on one subject throughout the year.
Last year it was “Faith In Action” and this year it’s “Persevere In Faith”.
If you are new to my page, I am Christian; I have been since 2010. Becoming a Christian is one of the most rewarding things that has happened in my life. The peace and lessons that come with it is remarkable, but, I struggled with submitting myself, my thoughts, plans and even worries to God. It took for me to have 2 unsuccessful pregnancies for me to start applying my faith in everything that do (I will share this story in detail sometime this year, by God’s grace). To understand something and to apply it are two different things. I became so comfortable in my own doing that I forgot that human nature always goes against God’s will and that my good deeds aren’t what qualify me as a Christian, but, my understanding of grace through faith in Christ alone.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Reading the NIV Application Commentary on biblegateway.com for Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV says to say “I have faith” does not so much say anything about oneself; rather it says, “God is a trustworthy God”. Keywords:Trustworthy God.
In 2016, I learned that my life needs to demonstrate that I trust God completely. In 2017 it was time to apply what I had realized. That’s why the theme was “Faith in Action” referring to James 2:17 (ESV) “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead“. I apply this by letting go of things that were out of my control and trusting God to take care of them. By submitting it all to him, while remaining very transparent with him about my concerns and thoughts. I found myself often just praying for him to just have his way with me and letting anything that’s stopping me from serving him accordingly come to light so that I could be aware of them and work on them. 2017 ended up being a spiritual and mental detox year. God allowed me to see through His Word, teaching and communications with like-minded people that I had unforgiveness in me. I was holding on to hurtful situations that happen in the past which kept me distracted from trusting God and forced me to rely on myself*.
2018 is here though and I don’t know what God has in restore for me. Yes, I have my to-do list in terms of my personal growth, my marriage, relationships, health, and career but through it all I will continue to persevere in my faith in God. Trusting and seeking for God’s will remains my #1 priority. God has many ways of communicating with us, but, there is no greater way than through His Word. I want to get into the habit of reading the bible daily and keeping a journal. I feel like writing things down keeps me accountable with my daily choices.
I pray that you succeed in what you want to accomplish for 2018. May your year be filled with God’s grace and blessings. I will close with my favorite bible verse.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:4-6
*When hurtful or unfair situations happen to us it’s okay to acknowledge how they make you feel. Cry to God if you have to, show what area frustratesyou or hurts but don’t sleep on it or act on it as the bible tells us “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” -Ephesians 4:26