The Word of the Year

Has it always been that way?Jeremiah 24:7

That was the question my husband and I were asking ourselves as we painted the spindles on our staircase.  (And yes, that is not a fun job).

As we were getting ready to paint the spindles white, we looked up and noticed that at the top of the stairs the spindles that were facing out were already white.  We have lived in this house for six years and never once has either of us looked up to take notice of the spindles upstairs and the fact that they were a different color than the other spindles.

As I painted, I was thinking to myself, “How can I have lived here for six years and not even noticed that the spindles were two different colors?”  And it’s not a slight difference, either.  They were visibly white and the others a dark beige.  Why have I never once looked up?

And then that got me thinking….

How many times have I not noticed God and what He has done for me?  How many times have I failed to look up, open my eyes, and see the wondrous love and provision that my Savior has provided me?  How many times have I failed just to SEE God?

I know there have to be countless times where I have failed at seeing God.

And I am ashamed of that.

What is wrong with me that I can’t take the time to look, to open up my eyes, to pay attention, to seek Him first? 

And that’s why my word for 2017 is SEE.  I want this to be a year of “seeing”.  I don’t want to miss God.  I don’t want to be so busy with my life that I put on sunglasses to block out the bright light that is shining before me…a light that is clearly present but one in which I choose to dim.

I want to slip on my “God glasses” and SEE God clearly and visibly.  I want to SEE Him at work in every aspect of my life.  I want to SEE Him in the little things and in the big things.  I want to SEE Him in people I know and people I don’t know.  I want to SEE Him and know Him in a way I have never seen or known Him before.

I believe that seeing Him goes hand in hand with knowing Him.  We have to have a desire to see Him and know Him.  God has given me such a strong passion and desire to see Him alive in Scripture.  He has already shown me passages in Scripture that involve seeing Him.

This month, I am excited to share with you these Scriptures that the Lord has given to me.  Not only do I want to SEE God, but I pray that you will have a desire to SEE God as well.  I want your love and passion for God to come alive in ways that you cannot believe.  I will be praying that the fog from your eyes will be lifted and that you will SEE God clearly.  I cannot wait to share the ways God has already opened my eyes and allowed me to SEE Him.

Over the next few days, soak in and pray this Bible verse from Jeremiah 24:7.  Ask God to give you a heart to know Him and SEE Him:

“I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”

Looking forward to SEEING God more this year and watching God open your eyes to SEE Him, too!

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