Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time for a One Word for the New Year Update!

How Is Your One Word for the New Year Impacting You?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.    Matt 6:33

It's been a little over three months since 2014 began, so it seems a good time to reflect on our One Word for the New Year. I’m hoping you will share an update on your One Word too. You can LinkUp at Circles Of Faith or share in the comments below.

My One Word this year is God.

I feel a little audacious saying so. But truly, it was God’s leading. As I sought Him a few weeks before the New Year, I had a clear sense God was calling me closerasking me to seek Him first in all things.

In truth, I do turn to God in all things on some level. There certainly isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of or pray to God. I’m pretty good with Bible Study and Devos too. But God is asking me for more.

Him first. What does that mean? 

Where am I not seeking God?  That's a better question. And immediately I can come up with two areas where I hold on tight to my own will, and don’t bother to consult God.

I am definitely not seeking Him first in these two areas:

1. Food – No, I do not ask God what should I eat…or ask Him enough to help me to not eat cookies, cake, ice cream. I’m not against these things in moderation, but if I’m trying to treat my body like a temple, then I’ve got to really keep this stuff to a minimum, especially when trying to shed some pounds for health’s sake. As someone recently said to me, “Elise, the truth is we’re food addicts.” Ouch! I didn’t like hearing that spoken out loud. But my friend is right. And maybe it would help me to admit this…admit this powerlessness over food…again.

2. My Schedule – My default is to get too busy! I say yes…a lot. And I often do not ask God first. I figure (even though I know better) it’s good stuff. Ministry. I’ve done it before and now I’m seeing it again.—God will allow me to over schedule, but that’s not the same as getting His approval. And when I get too busy, I live with the consequences of the “good robbing from the best.” I get depleted, discouraged, don’t get to the things I so deeply desire to do, like write, blog, enjoy fellowship. I feel guilty, rushed, stressed, chaotic. No, this is not God’s will.

So as I consider my One Word, well, I could do better! God wants the best for me and for you. So now what? << Click to Tweet

Well, I know God is calling me to sit with Him. To come and just sit quiet. Allow Him some space and time to speak to me, especially about these two areas of bondage. They hold me back from so much God has for me, from the freedom He has promised. I sense Him beckoning, “Come on over Elise. Come sit. Let’s chat. I have something to say to you.”

The good news is God’s managed to break through the noisiness of my busy life.

God’s shown me some things lately that are hard to accept:

1. I am feeling empty, insignificant, lacking identity. These are things I struggle with. Right now, this is surfacing because our house has shifted dramatically into a very quiet because our last child left the nest this fall. It's just hubby and me,

2. When I feel empty, I tend to fill up on food. No, not the steamed veggies or crunchy broccoli salad my hubby goes for. I opt for bagels, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate.

3. When I feel empty, I also tend to fill my schedule. But I can feel stressed out, out of touch with God and with myself, and isolated from my friends.

I’ve been here before. And I don’t like it.

So I have been asking God, “What is it, Lord, that drives me to fill the empty places?” And He’s spoken. Part of the answer? I am seeking Approval of Man. I say yes, because people will like me when I say yes. And when I sat quiet the other day, I heard the still small voice say, “You have an insatiable desire to belong.” If there is something happening, I want to be part of it. I’m terrified I’ll be left out, forgotten.

But at what cost? Am I doing what God has called me to? What I am made for?

Seek Me first. God. My One Word. Yes, it’s making an impact! << Click to Tweet

And if you need some prompts to figure out how you’re doing with your One Word, check out OneWord365’s 7 Questions.


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