There are all things that we can work on as human beings to draw us closer to the Lord, and we should want to do that if our heart has been changed by Him. Well, that is sat least something I feel the Lord has always drawn me to, self-reflection and self improvement to focus more on Him and learn to trust in Him. In order to do that I have asked for a word in really every season/semester that I need to work on.
I have found that practice for that word often comes around a lot more during that season, or I am just looking more for it. I also never become perfect at trusting God in that word and so the perfectionist in me just keeps it around to have me keep working on it. This is a continuous work in progress, and that means that sometimes when I see these words I am reminded of my brokenness and how I fall short in these words. But, more when I am conscious of them I can see more of how God is redeeming me through these words, changing my heart, making me aware of the situations that draw me away from Him and finding ways to draw me back in.
This is my first word and it really came about because I was not really finding joy in the moments that God had given me. I really was not trusting that what He was doing in my life was the right thing. I was not thankful for all the wonderful things that God has done and will do every single day. I needed to trust in His timing and see that where he had me and does have me is the best. The thing that helped me practice or be more aware of this word was writing thankful in my journal. It really helped me to focus on the positive things God does not all the things I want.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus”-1 Thessalonians 5:18
For this word I made the definition really broad. In the Bible it talks a lot about how everything we should do we should do for the Lord (Colossians 3:17). That is what I took this word to mean, in every aspect of my life I needed to Pursue God above all else. I needed to pursue Him in my health, grades, faith, friendships. In the same way I really needed to see how the Lord was pursuing me. He really wants us to give Him our hearts.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me”- Proverbs 8:17
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek with all of your heart”- Jeremiah 29:13
This word was really hard for me and this is the one where I saw opportunities to put the word into action the most. I have always been a planner, and usually have a schedule of what I think should happen. I needed to be flexible in my relationships, but also in my plans. My plans ended up not being God’s plans, I need to be flexible in finding and allowing God’s plan to take root in my life and lead me to what He really wanted me to do, even though it was not what I was thinking my plan was. Giving up some of my far future planning is still very difficult, but it also allows me to take advantage of opportunities when God brings them to me. That is when I feel like He fills up my heart the most and draws me to Him. Those are often the things I am most thankful for.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my path”- Psalm 119:105
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not in your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5-6
This one was one of the words I think the Lord just really wanted me to understand more of what it meant, and the importance it has in faith. Not only did I need to offer more grace to people in certain situations, like Jesus would, but I needed to try to better understand the greatness of the grace that was given to us through faith. Now I just need to accept the concept of it, there is no way I could understand every aspect of grace. If I knew that I would not need God or Faith.
What I did need to comprehend is the fullness and complete truth of the Gospel. Jesus died on the cross so that we may all be free and saved, and may be believe and live for Him. We did nothing to deserve this and we do not have to. Jesus comes, meets us where we are, and changes our heats. It is all HIM. This can be really hard to grasp and take to heart in a world where everything you get you have to work for or earn. This is a free gift. It often makes this gift hard to accept.
” For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourself it is a gift from God, not by works so no one can boast”- Ephesians 2: 8-9
This is my word for this current season. I am really still working on this word. My goals for this word and the ways I want it to impact my faith are this: I want to be confident in my change of major, my worth, the plans God has for my life, my identity in Christ, the relationships I am building and putting my confidence entirely in the Lord.
“In Him and through faith we can approach God with freedom and confidence”- Ephesians 3:12