I have been praying for some time that the Lord would give me a word for this year.
I love it when I'm praying and I hear Him so clearly. That still small voice. The sweet fellowship back and forth with my Lord.
Sometimes the answer comes easily, quickly. Sometimes He wants us to persue Him over and over again until He releases the answer.
Either way, it is beautiful communion with the God of Heaven, the Savior and Lover of my soul.
Last week, He gave me this word:
At first, I was confused.
I thought I had already surrendered to His will and way.
Why then, the word surrender?
The answer came in Romans 12.
"I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies.....
A LIVING SACRIFICE....."
Surrender to God is not just a one-time deal.
Yes, on the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I surrendered my will to His.
I became His child and His servant.
But surrender must be a daily act of laying my life on the altar.
"A living sacrifice". Alive in Christ, yet dead to myself.
Surrender means dying to my wants and meeting the needs of another instead.
In "momma terms", it means cleaning up the vomit with a smile.
Holding the raging child without getting angry.
Getting less sleep because the laundry isn't fininshed.
Staying calm and patient in the chaos.
Taking the time to train my children and pour my life into meeting their needs (when sometimes I'd rather just.be.lazy).
Following my husbands leadership, even when I love to "take charge".
Forgiving those who have hurt me, not because it's easy but because I'm DEAD anyway. (Ever notice how dead people don't get offended?)
This year, I'm going to focus more on full Surrender to the Lord and His daily plan for my life.
What are some of YOUR goals for 2013?
Do you have a special word or thought you're meditating on this year?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!