As I have read all of the New Year’s posts at all of my favorite blogs, I have fallen in love with the idea of having a word to live by in the New Year. However, I am terrible at resolutions and I couldn’t think of a word. But when I had some time to myself (soaking in the bath tub, Hallelujah!) the Lord gave me the word- obedience.
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
This is something I struggle with. He has asked some things of me that I have been too lazy or stubborn to do. They just seem so overwhelming, yet conviction has fallen upon me.
I sang a song Sunday night called “Completely.” The message is about giving yourself completely. Laying everything at His feet, and letting Him do a work in you. That’s who I want to be.
I don’t want to miss out on the things God has planned for my life because they seem too hard. I just want to be obedient and trust Him to do the rest. So here are some things I am committing to this year:
- Finish my book. Time and time again, He is showing me I need to do this. It is hard. I’m scared of rejection. I want it to be perfect. But it isn’t about me.
- Spend more time in prayer. I am busy, no doubt. But my relationship with Jesus should be first and foremost, and until it is, I will never accomplish what He has for me.
- Spend more time reading my Bible. I need direction! The best place to find counsel is in the Bible. If I’m not reading it, I’m not getting it.
- Use my talents. God has given us ALL a talent. Some of us choose not to use it because we are scared. I am going to lay my fears and insecurities down at His feet.
Are you obedient to the calling He has on your life?