In 2010 I didn’t choose a One Word. Instead my life and emotions took hold and my emotions decided my Word should be fear. Fear seemed to take up residence in so many areas of my life. I felt at times as if i was being defined by fear. It took hold of me in areas it never had. So I decided I needed to be defined by a different word. A word completely opposite of fear: Trust.
For 2011 I decided that I wanted to choose a word ahead of time rather than let one decide to define me. The more I prayed about it the more I felt I was called to learn to live in a state of grace. I am extremely impatient with people. I often refuse to give them the benefit of the doubt. I so often fail to have grace on them, but choose to bestow my silent judgment.
Here are some of the things I’m planning to do over the next 12 months that will hopefully help me become this definition:
Memorize Scripture. I used to be “really” good at memorizing scriptures when I had to for school. Now that I’m an adult. Well…. So one of the things I want to do is to memorize verses that speak of having grace & grace being upon us. I am planning one verse/passage a month. So that is 12 passages by 12.31.11. Here are the verses in no particular order:
At the beginning of each month I’ll share which passage I’m memorizing.
Read books. [links are Amazon Affiliate] There are a lot of really smart people out there. People that God reveals Himself to and gives them an understanding of spiritual things. These really smart people write books. I am planning to read the following books over the next year:
If there are any others you would recommend please let me know.
Tomorrow I’ll share my verse(s) for January.
The winner of the Story canvas is: Bethany.
Congratulations. Please email me your address to prudy[at]prudychick[dot]com and I’ll get it out to you.
Last week I shared about how prayer isn’t us trying to get a cart full of items through the express lane. I shared that the art of prayer is an invitation to God to speak into our lives, molding them to be parallel with Him. This desire to pray more hasn’t left. I want to be a diligent, intentional prayer.
That means for me taking intentional, well placed steps. Steps, I know that will lead me to a door step that lead to the one place I solely in my heart of hearts want to reside.
So tonight (last night for you) with a little push from my post on prayer, and this post here which served as a kick in my bum I taking that first intentional step. I’d bought a journal to use as a prayer journal months [and months ago, it was on clearance]. I’m beginning to journal my prayers out again. Blank pages longing to be the vessel in which they carry my voice from my heart to His, and in turn His heart to mine.
I am going to start reading here…
Every time I’ve sought God on where I should read the voice(s) in my head has said John. I’m unsure of the lessons He has for me written in the black, white & red; but it seems He’s taking me back to basics…for a reason.
If there is one thing I ask of you my friends, is keep me accountable. Ask me directly how my prayer life, my intimate moments with Christ are. Don’t be afraid to confront me. We have gained an amazing community across cables that connect us underground and wifi signals and part of community is accountability.
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.