Oh the myriad ways I toil as I seek to master the Word of God. How incredibly foolish to consider that I can even think I can “master” it.
It should be mastering me. Shaping me. Molding me. Changing me. So I say to myself…
Pay attention to the taste of it, the small, the texture.
Listen to its melody and note its cadence.
Sit and absorb like a sponge.
Attend to your thoughts, initial reactions,
confusion, delight, sorrow, joy, anger, fear.
Be present in them. Let yourself feel them.
You have permission to feel.
You have permission to emote.
You have permission to laugh. To cry. To yell.
You have permission to be silent.
You have permission to speak.
But you do not have permission to change what He has said.
Wrestle. Confess. Challenge.
His Word is the final word.
Let it stand firm in Your heart.
I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions. They feel like a set up to me – when the year is fresh, I can feel like anything is possible. A brand new year brings a new beginning with all the possibilities I can imagine. But soon the excitement and newness of the year gives way to the drudgery of the common, everyday grind. And before I know it, the year has passed, and it is time to usher in a new year yet again. And those resolutions I was so excited about are long forgotten.
Since I don’t make resolutions, I’ve made it a habit to write out a prayer at the end of each year recounting the blessings of the 12 months gone by, and praying for strength for the new. Sometimes I get the sense that I’m going in a particular direction and build my prayer around it. And then other years I’m just grateful I made to the end and breathlessly stretch toward the finish line and the new beginning.
This yearend is a mixture of both.
No one will deny that 2016 has been downright brutal. The memes crowding my social media newsfeeds that express our deep loathing for the year that has gone by testify to the fact that many of us are walking into to 2017 emotionally exhausted and slightly paranoid. What in the world will happen next, we wonder.
Personally, I had a rough 2016 – but I can also find wonderful blessings and awesome surprises that walked into my life during this year as well. I face 2017 with a sense of excitement and hope, with a pinch of fear. And I pray for wisdom to walk well this year.
That brings me to the reason for this blog post…
The one thing I want to do this year is focus anew on the wonder of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. To that end, I have decided to become a facilitator for a wonderful ministry called Love God Greatly. They exist to help women get into the Word, be enriched by the Word, and grow in our faith through knowing the Word. The first study of the year is a survey of the book of Proverbs called Walking in Wisdom. If you are a woman looking for a way to get into the Word, I would so love for you to join my Facebook group and walk through this study with me! I’ve provided all the necessary links below.
We start January 16. I hope to see you there!
Happy New Year!
Walking in Wisdom study journal: You do not need the journal to go through the study, but if you would like to keep all your study notes in one place, this is a good way to do that.