I love this song by Hillsong/Selah I have just been meditating on this bridge of the song for the last few days. August and September to me always signal a new beginning. School starts, Bible studies begin again, programs and the business of life just start to pick up. I know this year may be the busiest yet. I am already beginning to say "yes" to a lot of things. And yet I'm asking myself, "how do I do instead what God wants me to do?"
Heal my heart and make it clean
I have had a few past grudges or hurts that I have finally let go of and I've chosen to try and love people whether they love me back. It's not easy or fun but I have found that praying for the people that hurt you helps. It's hard to be mad at someone who you are praying for daily. Holding on to hurts and conflict will keep you from what God truly has for you to do.
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Some of my amazing friends have begun to find opportunities right here in our community that make me aware of needs that are right in my back yard. Meeting these needs and ministering to others suddenly seems a lot more important than girl night dinners or Advocare meetings. I hope to say yes to a few less things so I can have more time to be able to jump in and help when needs arise around me.
Show me how to love like you have loved me
I want to love my family better. I want to love my friends better. But I also want to love people who can't do anything for me in return. I hope God gives me divine appointments this year to hear the Holy spirit prompt me to just show love when someone needs it most.
Break my heart for what breaks yours
I worry that we as a society have become more and more comfortable with what is okay in the world and less concerned with what God instructed. I'm pointing the finger at myself. I think there are things in my life that I feel like are okay because "everyone does it" even though I know when I read the Bible that's it's not. I think I have sin patterns that probably break God's heart. I pray that I try to please Him this year and not man.
Everything I am for Your Kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
I may live 40 more days or 40 more years. We never know when God will call us home so I pray that I make every day count. I just want to live with the sole purpose of making God known and giving Him glory. I lose sight of that in my daily life when just the business of everyday things take over but I pray that each day I seek Him first.
What changes do you need to make this "new year" to know God better or to love Him more?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2