Welcome to LIVING TRUTH! Oh, how I’ve prayed for each one of you who stops by today!! A special welcome if you’re visiting from Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today.
Today I invite you to make a New Year’s Prayer offering…to take first steps toward writing a New Year’s Prayer. As you prayerfully consider this invitation, I would love to hear from you… your verses, the beginning stages of your prayer, or maybe your own prayer that you’ve already written. Please take time to leave me a comment. I will choose two names from the comments to win a “Living So That Package.”
What’s in the package? I thought you’d never ask!! I have a book coming out in March called “Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.”
You can pre-order it from Proverbs 31 by clicking here. If you order by Sunday, January 5, you will receive a signed copy with a personal verse just for you! But remember, it doesn’t come out until March.
“Living So That” will be part of a new collection of books by Thomas Nelson called Inscribed. To celebrate the release, Lisa Leonard has created a beautiful necklace hand stamped with Proverbs 3:3, the verse that inspired our collection.
Not only will the winners receive a necklace, but they will also receive a signed copy of “Living So That” hot off the presses in March 2014!
Extra exciting news is that “Living So That” will be the next Proverbs 31 on-line study after Lysa TerKeurst’s “Made to Crave.” So be sure to check out the P31 OBS page by clicking here and be one of the first to sign up!
Friends, God knows that the first day of each new year carries with it a myriad of emotions that often lead to promises and resolutions. We commit to lose weight, exercise more, be more disciplined, pray more, be a better wife…a better mom, be kinder.
We want God’s highest and best for the next year.
But these promises and resolutions are often grounded not in His Word but in our flesh. We focus on the end result and not on the process. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight and exercise to feel better about ourselves. It’s a wonderful goal to be a “better” wife and mother. It’s admirable to commit to daily Bible reading and quiet time with the Lord. But we must beware of making these things a daily duty we check off.
Committing to a New Year’s Resolution will not bring profound lasting life change. Committing our hearts to God…studying, learning, and praying God’s Word…that’s what will bring eternal, lasting life transformation.
I invite you join me this year in writing a New Year’s Prayer.
To begin writing your prayer, examine your New Year’s Resolution and prayerfully ask the Lord for to reveal the heart issue behind your resolution. Ask Him to lead you through His Word to verses that directly address what you hear.
Listen to God’s promise in Hebrews 4:12:
For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Perhaps you want to lose weight because you feel unworthy of love due to your past, your present, or choices you’ve made. Find verses on God’s great love for you…His promises that He created you just the way you are because He has a great plan and purpose for your life that only you can accomplish.
Perhaps you want to spend more time in the Word but you are too busy…you just can’t fit it into your day. Find Scriptures on God’s wisdom and priorities. Proverbs is a great place to start.
Perhaps you want to be a better wife and mother, but you have a temper that flares or a tongue that cuts like a knife. Open God’s Word and find verses addressing speech, self-control, and patience. Proverbs and James are great places to start.
Once you’ve found your verses, take each one and personalize it. Then, put them together, along with your own heart’s cry, to make a prayer. Copy your prayer into a journal or notebook. Write your verses on pieces of paper and put them where you can see them throughout the day. Memorize them.
Listen to God’s promise in Isaiah 55:10-11:
The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with My Word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Friends, Isaiah 55 is God’s promise to YOU. If you pray His Word over your life…over your heart…over your home…He will be FAITHFUL to prosper it and make it bear fruit.
Don’t forget to leave a comment sharing the verses God spoke to you or the beginning stages of your prayer. I can’t wait to see how God has spoken to you!
New Year’s Blessings,