I am thrilled to have Lisa Brittain sharing her words in my space for Weekend Whispers. I originally met Lisa through our blogs at the Five Minute Friday. She has always been so encouraging and has a huge passion to share the Word of God. Make sure you stop by and visit Lisa’s blog.
Maybe you’ve asked the Lord for a word for the new year, or maybe not. It’s become rather popular in my circle of community. Rather than focus on a list of New Year’s resolutions, the last five years I’ve asked Holy Spirit to highlight a particular word to be my theme for the coming year.
It’s a word I use to search the Scriptures. It’s a word through which I continually ask, “Jesus, what do You want me to know?”
Each of these years has truly been an adventure with Him. I’ve found this to be a faith-stretching exercise as well. You see, Holy Spirit highlights a word already knowing all the details of the next year of my life. So, in many aspects this word for the year is much like the Lord Himself who goes before and behind and hems us in so that we are never, ever alone.
Perhaps this is why my word for 2015 (favor) has been a bit more challenging. At first it seemed this word didn’t reconcile with the circumstances my husband and I were facing as we turned our faces into the hurricane force winds of the new year.
My husband’s recent job loss coupled with some significant unresolved health issues were threatening to toss me about with waves of doubt and insecurity. I needed an anchor for my faith to remain stable through the storm.I needed an anchor for my faith to remain stable through the storm. @pioneerofpeace #weekendwhispers Click To Tweet
So, what’s a girl to do when the truth of God’s word for her feels like it doesn’t fit with her real life circumstances?
- Run to Scripture: As I searched Bible Gateway for the word favor, I found many people who had found favor with the Lord. I focused my attention on two – Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Moses.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (Luke 1:30-31)
There’s no doubt Mary had received the favor of the Lord. What an amazing honor to be selected as the woman to give birth to our Savior! And yet, the favor of God did not remove the difficult circumstances of being a young woman trying to explain her pregnancy to her fiancé, Joseph, with whom she had not been intimate. Nor did God’s favor remove the ridicule and gossip of the women in her hometown…or the disappointment of her parents.
- Prayer: In order to learn from this word Holy Spirit has highlighted for me, I must talk to Him about it, ask questions, and most importantly, listen!
Moses has been my example throughout this year. Moses’ life had been spared as an infant. A Hebrew, Moses had grown up in the palace of the Pharaoh. After killing an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew, however, Moses fled to Midian where he became a shepherd.
It was in the far country, away from the life of privilege, where Moses encountered the favor of God, and received his call to be God’s ambassador to gain the freedom of the Hebrew people from their bondage in Egypt.
What an honor to be selected by God for this momentous task, and yet God’s favor did not prevent Moses from facing many trials and tribulations. Moses’ prayer from Exodus 33:13 has become my constant prayer,
“Father, if I have found favor in Your sight, teach me Your ways.”
- Dwell in Father’s Presence: Our personal circumstances are not resolved. My husband has been unemployed for nearly a year. And yet, we have much for which to give thanks. His health is much improved with daily medication and he has recovered magnificently from spine surgery.
The favor of the Lord has not meant the avoidance of difficult circumstances. Rather His favor has given me a place to dwell, up close, protected in the cleft of His Rock where I have opportunity on a daily basis to glimpse His glory.
And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.” And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand and you shall see My back…(Exodus 33:17-23)
Lisa Brittain lives in Metro Atlanta with her husband of 27 years, Randy, and their two energetic terriers, Liberty and Nole. She works full time, enjoys time with family, teaching women’s Bible study, and encouraging others through her blog ~ Eyes On Jesus And Shine. You can also find Lisa on Facebook and Twitter.
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