Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Scripture Focus

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With being two days into the 2014, everywhere you look on the blogosphere, Facebook, etc... is New Years resolutions.  Some people have given up resolutions and decided to focus on a single word for the year to improve whatever that word means to them.  I started thinking about this and resolutions never get kept.  A single word focus may simplify things but you still have the issue of it going by the way side after a few days, weeks.  I started asking myself what can I do to keep myself on track this year?  How can I better some aspect of my life and not feel like a total failure.  I began praying for God to show me what He wants me to work on.  2013 was rough!  It severely effected my life, my attitude, my relationships including the most important one.  My relationship with Jesus.  I struggled in 2013 with a huge space/wall/silence between me and God.  I refuse to let that continue in 2014.  God has a purpose for everything and it's time I start actively seeking what that is.

So for 2014 I am focusing on my relationship with God.  Yesterday, someone posted this picture on Facebook and I sat staring at it for a while.  I scrolled and played on FB for a while but kept coming back to this scripture.  This verse is so much in simple words.  "Be joyful in Hope!" Our hope is God.  Be joyful that He is everything we need.  Keep focused on Him.  "Be patient in affliction." God doesn't tell us that we wont suffer.  In fact, Jesus says we will have trouble in this world.  But He came to overcome the World.  So we can trust that no matter our suffering, God is working it out.  "Be faithful in prayer."  Ok seriously, does anyone know a better weapon against the enemy? Prayer is powerful!  This is also our DIRECT connection to God.  That and His word.  So these simple instructions tell us to be joyful, patient, and prayerful.  My job is to be obedient to these words and that is what I'm going to do for 2014.  I'll be checking back in throughout the year and let you know how it's going.  I'm pretty excited about this.  God has big things in store.  Praising Him for whatever He has planned because I know it's going to be amazing!

How about you?  What are you doing for the New Year?

XOXO, Denise

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