As the new year approaches, I find myself re-evaluating and considering the past as it lends to the future. Thinking of what I would like to leave and what I want to learn as I step over the threshold into a fresh year, 2017.
One thing I am praying and yearning to do, or should I say, be, is completely whole-hearted. That's right, not giving into fear, apprehension, or timidity- but truly living with unfailing courage, as Paul states in Philippians 1:20. It shouldn't be so hard, I know, but some lines get blurred, and I find myself bound by what others (and I) think instead of what He thinks. Yet from the start to the end of my day- my divine Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are really the One that means everything to me. Confiding and leaning on the Lord truly gives me purpose and passion to not just survive, but to actually live richly. [Ephesians 1:3] So why the struggle?
We have each been given a beautiful heritage, a glorious individually-wrapped spiritual inheritance from our Father. But we still do have the choice...to "acquire complete possession of it" or not. [Ephesians 1:14] For me, this boils down to choosing to go after Him with all my heart.
I keep hearing Psalm 63:8 which says "my whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me." Why was David considered a man after God's own heart? Perhaps because he was a man that wanted God with ALL of his heart? David wasn't perfect, we know this, but I believe it was his genuine honesty and hunger for the presence of the Lord that was so precious to our Father.
"Your loving-kindness is better than life..."
And to me, life is SO MUCH better with His loving-kindness. I want to live with all I am- for such Love. To not make decisions out of fear, but to abide in His sweet assurance as I rest and realize I am safe in His embrace. Truly. What a picture!
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