A Soul Resolution

When I first read this devotion today I blew it off. I don’t want another thing to think of, be, do! And I have no desire to strive to be anything particular this year, just as any other. But when I read my next devotional, God was indeed bidding me listen!

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What Is Your One Word For 2012? { A Soul Resolution }
Bonnie Gray

When you make new year resolutions, do you think of who you are becoming more than what you want to be doing?

You wouldn’t think it’d be so difficult. To choose one word. For the new year. But, it was. I’ve been asking God for a word to focus my spiritual walk in 2012, like a madwoman in a dressing room trying on clothes. Right before summer.

Does this fit right?

Is it me?

How in the heck do you wear this thing?

My first thought was to stick with last year’s One Word: confidence. I definitely need a continuing refill on that. But, is this what God wants me to wear new this year? …Back to trying on more words.

A Soul Resolution

I don’t make new year resolutions. They’re great for setting goals at work or getting things done. But at the end of the year, my life isn’t about what I’ve done, but who I’ve become. I developed an yearly habit way that goes back in college, that’s continued to my adulthood — from student to working woman, singleness to marrie — to life now as a mother and a writer.

I take time out to reflect on my spiritual journey. I look back on the past year to see where I’ve been, then I pray and read Scripture to ask God where he’s pointing me in the coming year.

Soul resolutions are not about what I’m doing, but who I’m becoming in Christ.

I call it my New Year’s “Soul Resolution”, because it’s more about living it out in my heart, rather than striving to accomplish a goal.

This year, I flipped through my recent journals entries and looked at where my faith journey is pointing next. I whittled it down to two. Which one is it? I made the decision to go with the one I feel least confident about. The one that takes greater faith. It’s not one I can easily do, but it’s one I wished was really true. My One Word for 2012 is taken from Isaiah 62:4 —

“It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”… For the Lord delights in you.”

His Answer

My One Word is: Delightful. I am Delightful? I came across this word in my friend Holley Gerth’s book, God’s Heart For You. I couldn’t even say that sentence out loud: “In God’s heart, I am delightful.” Here’s what Holley said —

“I frequently ask… What brings you joy? Delight, which is a synonym for joy, is powerful. If you asked God the same question, what do you think He would say? As amazing as it may sound one of His answers would be “You”.
Not The Same

We’ve all got some mountains to climb this year, even though we all walk through different seasons of faith. After an extended season of letting go, God is calling me to step out in new circles, friendships and adventures. With each new beginning, I face my old giants again. Insecurities return. I feel the scar of the past. It takes faith to walk out into the open fields again. But, it’s different this time, God says. You are not the same Bonnie. Faith has rebuilt my heart. God’s love has healed me and I know He is strong enough to carry me through. I feel the joy of His goodness and He’s brought me faith friends who understand and encourage me. This time through, I want Jesus to make me new this way — Delightful.

A Faith Dare

Like my boys who toddled their walk with first steps, I am opening my heart to learn too. I am daring to walk as a woman who God tenderly whispers, “You are my delight.” How will this happen? I am not sure, but I am confident He knows. I am praying His word will settle deep in my soul and become a living part of me. I’m asking myself how would I do life differently, if I really believed this were true? I’ve begun brainstorming a list — A Faith Dare of Delight —

how I’d do things differently,

preferences I’d adopt,

what I’ll say no to,

what I’ll say yes,

things to enjoy, and

things to try.

Don’t worry. I don’t plan to do them all. Maybe one or two?

Who knows what ups and downs the new year will bring? It doesn’t really matter.

Because after all, in God’s heart — I am delightful. So are you. And that’s all that matters.

I’m curious what the year ahead has in store for us. Together, we can share the journey. We can encourage each other in our One Words for 2012 — our Faith Dares for the year.

Romans 8:14-17

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Together with Jesus, we will be glorified in the end!

When you put your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, God says that you were united with Christ. Jesus became intertwined with your past, bearing the guilt of your failings before God. But in the same connection, you became intertwined with His future!

You are so valuable and significant to Jesus that He is willing to share His incredible relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit with you (John 17:19-20).

Your life experiences may have given you a depressed view of your worth in life. But listen to what God is saying to you in this passage today. To Him, you are so very valuable. He has made you a fellow heir with Christ—an heir of His glory, of His love, of His promises. Don’t ignore what God is saying to you about your true worth.

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