I’ve been busy writing out my spiritual goals for the coming year. One of the things I want to accomplish in 2012 is to read the Bible through in its entirety. I start out every year with good intentions, but then get off track down the road. This year, I will be reading the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT) to help me achieve this goal. Also beginning, January 1st, I will be starting a study on Jesus, 90 Days with the One and Only. I will be blogging my insights and reflections each Wednesday here on my blog. I hope you will visit and interact with me through your comments.
I’ve been thinking about whether I wanted to have a One Word focus again this year. Last year, my word was “Constant”. You can read why I chose this word here. Looking back over 2011, I cannot say that I achieved my goals of what defined my one word choice. I am still learning to be constant in prayer, to be persistent and relentless in my pursuit of Him.
So, I’ve been praying and asking.
I asked Him for one word to define my pursuits.
He said, “Pursue me”.
I asked him for one word to define my relationships.
He said, “Pursue others”.
I asked him for one word to define my health and well being.
He said, “Pursue health”.
follow, run after, chase, seek, search for.
This year, going deeper in God will be my first priority. I cannot be a good wife, mother, friend or employee without first being connected to the Vine. He is the source of my strength. It is only with His help that I can do all that I do. And this going deeper starts first with me. He has already gone all the way to meet me. I must seek Him out. I must search for Him while He can be found. I must push everything else aside because, in the end, those things do not matter. What matters is that I know Him. What steps am I taking to have a deeper life in God? This year, I want to be wholehearted in my pursuit of God.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
As far as relationships are concerned, I can isolate like the best of them. It’s easier some times to just “go it alone” in life. But God never intended that I walk this journey alone. He has brought some amazing women into my life, those that I know personally, and those that I hope to get to meet one day (all of you!) The bottom line is, we need each other. Most days I sit. I wait for the phone to ring. I wait for the email to invite. I want for the knock on the door. But what am I doing to pursue deeper friendships with the people God has placed in my life? It has to start with me. This year, I want to be intentional in my pursuit of others.
And concerning health, I’ve done it all. I think I’ve started every diet under the sun at one point or another. I’ve talked a lot to others about my desire to lose weight and be healthy. I’ve even gone up for prayer, asking that God would strengthen me. But still I sit. I don’t move. I hide, underneath this mask of weight. It’s easier to go unseen, but I sure don’t feel good. What am I doing to pursue health and wholeness in my life? This year, I want to be purposeful in my pursuit of health.
I can’t think of a better way to end 2011 than by looking forward to 2012 with a desire for wholehearted devotion to the Lord, intentional time with those I love, and purposefully seeking after health and wholeness.
Has God laid a focus on your heart for the coming year? I would love it if you shared it with me.
*Post edited to link up with Bonnie the Faith Barista as we share our words for 2012.