It can be overwhelming to think about just how big the world we live in actually is. God reassures us in the book of Psalm that He knows each and every one of us by name. He knows our hearts, our dreams, our needs, and He knows just how to meet us where we are.
When we carry our freedom within, we're then able to share that with others. It's especially important to keep our faith and freedom at the center of our families. Parenting has its challenges, but when God is always our focus, we're able to demonstrate His love to impact our children's lives.
Being ourselves seems so simple, but it is very hard when we do not know what makes us….us. In the past it was hard for me to be myself until I learned who I truly am in Christ. I know that it sounds strange, but we have to learn who God says we are so we can be the best versions of ourselves.
Seeking God's vision for our lives is not only important, it's what he desires for his sons and daughters. Sometimes as we seek to carry out His vision, we find ourselves getting lost in the process. As we learn to plant our roots and build a firm foundation in Christ, He will give us the tools necessary to carry out His vision for our lives.
Goals help us focus and have vision for the future. But a good goal is also one that is "SMART." The goals you set, in order for them to be successful, need to have some key components!
Taking some time to intentionally seek the Lord in prayer regarding the year ahead positions us to move into 2017 with vision, focus and clarity!
There are many ways to look back over the last year and remember what the Lord has done. Our encouragement this week is to take some time after you review the year to set up your own altar in remembrance and gratitude for 2016.
For many of us, as we look back, 2016 held great moments and areas of victory. For others, 2016 may have been our most difficult year yet. There is power in looking back and thanking the Lord for His hand in your life in 2016.
When we choose gratitude in the difficulties of our lives, we are promised hope. And hope does not disappoint.
Often at this time of year, you will hear people talk about how they are trying to be intentionally grateful in preparation for Thanksgiving, but have you thought about what would happen if we actually began to thank the Lord IN all of the circumstances of our lives, whether great or difficult?" "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks IN all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 4:13.