Happy New Year, Friends!
I am not a gal that makes New Year's resolutions. I find I do not keep them, then the dumping of discouragement weighs me down and disappointment pours into my heart, mind, and soul. Do you feel the same way?
Instead of placing a strain on my heart and draining my soul with a New Year's resolutions, God asked me to seek His goals. God's goals.
One goal He lovely poured over me is to find and feed and flourish in relationships. Dig a little deeper. Plant more seeds. Fertilize. Water with love. Be intentional.
Grow, give, and gather His lovely daughters.
I am not sure what the year is going to bring with the new goal from the Gardner but my heart's desire is to "accept" and trust and have courage and believe in Him.
Why is "accept" in quotation marks? It is my "2017 Word". This is new to me but I guess it is not a new thing to pray and ask God for "a word" from Him to help in your spiritual walk. I like it. Do you have a word?
God also gave me a couple of verses to learn, meditate on and grow through this year.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)
I look forward to the year of 2017. A fresh new year to allow us to grow closer to Him, His Word and His promises. I pray we gaze into our Father's eyes and see His unconditional love AND KNOW He has the best for us no matter the circumstance of life.
January's giveaway are beautiful journals. I believe in journaling. Journaling brings my thoughts closer to Him. It helps me sort through things. It helps me see prayers answered. Maybe journaling is a goal God has placed on your heart. There are three in the package.
In the comments section below or on CC Facebook page, leave a word that sprouts your God's goals and grows your faith in Him by Monday, January 9th. I will select and post a winner on Wednesday, January 11th.
Lord, help us wrap up in You. To "accept" Your lead in our lives. To have courage and boldness through the blood of your Lamb. Immanuel, God with us. Help us believe. Help us know. Show us the desire of Your heart. Helps us say yes. Your love is forever and always. Thank You. Amen.