I have declared 2016 to be a year of obedience for me. It’s a year where I want to focus on obeying the Lord in all that He asks of me. I want to allow my heart to follow the Lord wherever He leads and not allow my mind to take the controls and push me off the clear path which He shows me. I want to follow Christ and not get distracted by everything the world throws my way.
It has started off ok. I’ve actually listened to most of the little nudgings from the Holy Spirit. Some things are small and some take a little more faith and trust. Some are a lot easier to do than others, too. Step by step I am trying my best to stay on the path He has chosen for me. It’s not easy and I really want to be better at this.
I am currently listening to a sermon series called “Habit” by Louie Giglio. (To hear this series, go to this link: http://passioncitychurch.com/watch/). In the first sermon in this series titled “The Pinata and the Iceberg”, Louie talks about how he wants this year for us to be a year of seeking the Lord. And that requires good spiritual disciplines or habits. It means that we need to have a deep relationship with Jesus so that we can hear the Lord speaking to us.
Louie challenges us to do a 21-day fast. This should be a fast from whatever is keeping us from hearing from God and having that deep relationship with Him. Anything that we are doing more of than listening to the Lord is a distraction and not a good habit.
About a year and a half ago, I heard God tell me to write my story. So, I started writing a book about the fears I have had over the last 15 years of serving God in the ministry. It has been awesome to write about how God has worked through my life and helped me realize that I should not fear.
And now you are probably saying…“What’s your problem? Shouldn’t you be done by now?” And the answer is yes! My problem, though, is that I get easily distracted. I put other things ahead of writing that book, which is what I know I am supposed to be doing. However, I think of other things to do during the free time I have. Those are my distractions.
And I have had enough of them.
I am ready to finish writing that book.
I want to have a deeper relationship with God. I want to hear from the Lord so that I can obey Him and do all that He asks of me (like finishing writing that book). I want God to use me in whatever way He wants. It’s Your will, Your way, Lord.
I love this verse from Hosea 10:12:
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.
It is TIME! It’s time to seek the Lord!
I am ready, Lord. May these next 21 days draw me closer to you so that I can be the woman you created me to be. I desire to hear from you, God. Open my ears and heart so that I can listen.
Do you want to hear from God? Do you desire that deep relationship with Him?
Join me and do a 21-Day Fast. I can promise that at the end of those 21 days, you will come out with a heart on fire for the Lord and an understanding of the calling He has for you.