Thursday, January 1, 2015

My 2015 Word Of The Year

In the freshness of 2014, I vowed to do it for Him not myself. I vowed to be intentional in the Word and in drawing near to Him. Rather than making lists of what I could do through my work, I made a list of what He was already doing through me. 
Perspective, friends.
What a perspective it is to look back before we move forward. It's not the works we've accomplished that matter, it's what He's already accomplished for us on the cross that matters. 
We shouldn't go through life expecting to see a multitude of blessings if we move on each year without intentional reflection on the last 365 days, yet that's precisely what I was doing. By flipping the script on my annual planning in 2014, I charged into a year that would become my most fulfilling to date. 
I walked through 2014 ready to press into any circumstance He presented with open arms. Over and over again, He called me to a place of contentment and joy in 2014.
His nearness carried me. His sovereign hand my faithful explanation for the fallen world we live in. His answered prayers throughout 2014 could not be ignored. His presence was felt, and I'm left in awe. 
But still, I seek. Still, I thirst and knock and go to my knees before Him praying to be filled again. His voice whispered all too often the same resounding message: Surrender. All of it. Not just this dark part or that dark part. Surrender it all to me

“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.”
— A.W. Tozer

I see where He worked good things for me in 2014, and His call to action is loud.
Stop questioning, start doing. Stop looking side to side; keep my eyes focused on Jesus. He will not waste my 'yes'. 
I want to walk where He's calling me; serve where He needs me; love within the community He's provided. I want my sole pursuit to be more like Him, to know His heart. 
2014 was a year of walking with the Lord, of opening up the lines of communication in my relationship with Him and of accepting it takes intentional effort for me to cultivate a life of joy. It was the year my chains have been broken. The heavy burdens my God had already forgiven yet I continued to carry are gone, and what remains is the cross of the Lord. A cross I pray to carry closer to Him every day. 
I resolve to tune my ear to the Holy Spirit and to move in courage when He asks me to do something out of my comfort zone. I resolve to not only have the courage to listen to His unique calling, but when I ultimately misstep, when the oceans rise, when the floods seem too much to bear, I'll be brave enough to pick up my cross and continue forward joyfully abiding in Him.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
— Colossians 3:1-3
Refinement happens on the other side of surrender. As such, I will walk by faith, not by sight. I will say 'yes' to building His Kingdom, not mine. I will lay down my earthly weapons and instead dress myself in His armor prepared to be refined through His mercy & grace.
Each step of 2015 will be in surrender to Him, for my good and His glory.

“Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.””
— Isaiah 30:21


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