I am super excited for all the things I look forward to as a mom, as a wife, as a blogger
and as a Christ loving chick with the sisterhood! Today I am especially thankful for the
changes this past year. 2017 was life changing in so many ways for me! The most
significant by far was learning to let go of the old things and let Jesus truly transform my
life. I finally found my voice through Him. For a while I was so lost and miserable. I
was brought to Jesus through the church but like most I did not know the next step.
Where was I to go next? I wanted to change but it was like I wanted someone else to do
the dirty work for me.
Let’s face it, we love instant everything. I wanted instant change, instant results, instant
solutions in an instant world right? I just got this amazing thing called an Instant Pot for
my birthday from my dear mother in law. I can cook, fry, and bake in this pot all in
record time. I am able to cook a beef stew in this pot in twenty minutes! I mean it is
pretty cool! So in this instant world of mine I wanted a change. How silly I was!
Looking back now I see the importance of going through the motions and freely choosing
God and His everlasting love. It is important to find our voice in the midst of the storm
and know what we stand for.
The most beautiful picture was painted when I chose hope and faith to get through my
forever going endless cycle of not getting anywhere. Stewing in my self pity I was going
nowhere. It was a miserable place where I never want to be again. It was like I knew
Jesus, but I could not hear His voice. Has this ever happened to you?
When we are stuck in Satan’s trap we fail to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit. We
put invisible blinders on that block us from seeing the Light.
When we accept Jesus Christ our spirit is instantly renewed but our mind has to be
transformed and purified.
Philippians 1:18-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Please, read the verse again and note the statement “I will”. Maybe read it out loud a few
times, it is so powerful! It is my very motivation for the upcoming year. I won’t just talk
about doing these things, “I will” really live it out every day. I love how Paul lays out the
very essence of how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. Proclaiming Christ and rejoicing
in Him is the key to it all.
I carefully built my own little prison. I have to intentionally turn away from all
distractions and choose Jesus over and over again to break free of this prison that I so
carefully built. Today I am here to encourage you to do the same. In 2018 keep your eyes
on God! Go where He leads you and choose Jesus over and over again every single day!
Philippians 4:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
My declaration for 2018
“I will” live intentionally
“I will” choose Him daily
“I will” Love my sisters
“I will” love my neighbor
“I will” live loved
“I will” dwell in the spirit of the Lord.
I Hope you will too!