This year is kicking into full swing already, classes at MNU are hitting the gas pedal hard. I think that gets me easily distracted. I focus all my attention on finishing this and studying for that– I sometimes get so caught up and before I realize it it’s April and the end of a semester! So I choose to be intentional at the beginning of the year. Our church members (Cross Points Church) every January choose one word as a theme for his or her year. After prayer and asking, the idea is that the Holy Spirit would lay an impression on a particular word.
It is pretty interesting to look back at the end of the year and see what the Lord did. A couple of years ago mine was trust, and that year just happened to be a year full of the biggest changes! I really did need to trust that year (as I do every year).
This year I found my word a little different. I do these devotional plans and it seemed every day I had a verse with the word joy, or the idea of joy, located somewhere in my reading. I didn’t even think about that being my word until I was driving one day and I recalled a verse I had read earlier that week, “In my presence there is joy.” Psalm 16:11.
So I chose the word joy. I am not exactly sure what the Lord will do in my year, I don’t know how He will use joy in my life, but I know He will work if I take a step to be intentional. So I’ve decided to focus on that verse and to be intentional about being in His presence.
Another verse I’ve been leaning on is “…but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. I also have chosen to be intentional about this verse- yes that means super early mornings once a week for me. I am not a morning person, but I believe as I sacrifice the Lord will move and meet me. He promises joy, and I want that joy.
I say all this to challenge you. Maybe you’re struggling with your relationship with Christ getting dull (I’ve been there too many times), maybe you’re looking for a new challenge, or maybe you would like to do something special this year, try it! What is the worst that could happen? For me, getting up super early one morning a week. Trust me I will survive. I challenge you to begin asking the Lord for a word and possibly a verse to accompany it! Lets be intentional in 2015!
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