Each year, I love to pick a scripture that I really want to live by and to focus on.
Last year, it was Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."
This year, it will be Romans 12:1-2.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
As I come into the new year, I want to face it with a renewed mind that is focused on making each day a journey and a walk with God, always seeking His will.
I struggle with finding balance between making plans and trusting God. This has always been a challenge for me. I don't do well with change. I tend to get very comfortable. This scripture above is a wonderful balance of allowing me to rest in God, but to also be courageous and brave in stepping out of my comfort zone and being willing to be transformed by Him as well.
I love the way God works and when we ask for wisdom, He delivers...
Today, my devotional title was “Balance.” J
The scripture was from 2 Samuel 10:11-12 about when Joab was fighting the Ammonites. The message part went on to say,
“There must be a balance in life between our plans and our faith in God. Joab said, “Let us fight bravely.” In other words, they were determined to do all that they could, using their minds to figure out the best strategies, using their strength to fight, and using the other resources God had given them. But Joab also said, “May the Lord’s will be done.” He knew that when they had done all they could, the outcome was in God’s hands. Balance comes as we use our minds and our resources to obey God and, at the same time, trust him for the outcome." (The One Year Daily Inspiration)
I think this describes such a beautiful way to look at balance. Yes, we use the gifts and resources God has given us, but at the same time, trust that His plan prevails. And no matter what the outcome, we trust that the Lord cares for us.
This year, I am not making resolutions. I am meeting God where I am and trusting that if I cling to Him, He will lead me, change me, and transform me into everything I need to be.
Thank you for stopping by the blog to read.
Happy 2014, but mostly, Happy new beginnings and new adventures to you!
May God bless your year ahead.