Another year has come and gone. 2015 was a good year. I did begin working with Kids Club, a local faith based after school program. I am volunteering two afternoons per week as the 2nd grade team mentor. And it’s good. I am writing and am helping a friend with an online magazine. And it’s good.
Yet my heart cries out for more. Good is fine, but God is the God of great! He’s the God of the impossible, the God of love, the creator of the universe! And I know He has more for me than good. I want more of God, more for my marriage, my kids, my career, the kids at kids club. I want more. I’m not talking about the selfish, greedy kind of more. I just know there is more out there for me.
For the last couple of years I’ve come up with a word to define the year. Around November of this year, I decided I wanted to concentrate on gratitude for the new year. I started pricing wooden letters and was going to make a gratitude wall with the word gratitude as the centerpiece. In December, I changed my mind and decided my word should be reflect because I wanted the light of God to reflect through me. These words were good words. I need to be grateful during the bad times and not only when things go my way and God’s light should reflect through me. But these words were only good! They were not what God wanted me to focus on.
I left a ministry job 2.5 years ago with marching orders from God. I was to start writing full time devoting my writing to encourage Christian parents, set up workshops for homeschooling parents to encourage them as they set out to do what God has called them to do,to lose weight and get healthy, and to organize my house. Well 2.5 years later, I did start blogging and do write for a magazine, but I don’t write consistently. I have one workshop ready to go and have given one presentation. I lost about 1/3 of the weight I need to lose, my diet is sporadic, I don’t exercise consistently and I’ve done very little to organize my house.
I realized I don’t need another project or idea. I need to DO what God told me to do. That’s why my heart cries out for more. So for 2016 my word is DO which means to accomplish, to finish, to complete.
So many times our hearts cry out for more and we try to change or refocus our attention and all the time we simply need to do what God instructs us to do.
And to go along with my word the scripture that will be my guiding scripture for 2016 is
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you DO and he will establish your plans.
I think this is fitting for the upcoming year. Simply do what God has placed on MY heart.
Are you struggling with this also? If so, my prayer is that you simply do what God has placed on your heart.