Thursday, August 4, 2011
Every year around this time I spend time thinking about the year ahead and all that it is going to bring with it. I wonder what it is going to look like and how it will all pan out. I spend time in prayer asking the Lord for a phrase or a word that will sum up this year, some sort of clue into this next chapter. Last night He gave me the word, the word that I can come back to through out this year and the word is: faithful. Faithful. Two years ago I got the sense that it was going to be a challenging year, last year it was just that it was going to be a big year but this year He gave me an actual word. My first thought was, well, I'm a faithful person so...but as I began to think more and more about it the Lord began to reveal different things to me. I am called to be a faithful woman. I am called to be faithful in my friendships, with my studies, I am called to be faithful with the gifts the Lord has given me and the positions He gives me while I am here on earth. But it doesn't stop there. Being faithful seeps into every area of our lives. My mom and sister were talking about being faithful even in the smallest of things such as putting the shopping cart back instead of just leaving it in the parking lot. At first thought, that seems a little extreme but the question can be asked, "If we can't be faithful is something so simple, how can we expect to be faithful in the big things, the things we deem as things "important" to be faithful in?" I would consider myself a faithful person but when I actually stopped to think about it there are important areas of my life like having quiet time daily that I am not faithful in. I want to be known as a faithful woman, a truly authentic faithful woman, not one that just seems faithful from a distance or from the outside. Faithful. I know that this is easier said that done and this lesson is easier talked about or written about than actually lived out. God is such a faithful God and I want to be a faithful daughter. I know that it will be challenging and that I am going to have to start looking at things differently but I am excited for this. I'll keep you posted.