Since 2005, God has led me to a theme Scripture verse instead of a resolution to focus on for the fresh start of a new year. It excites me to go back and revisit all of them while remembering the transformation that God did according to His Truth.
In 2005, it was Psalm 119:29: “Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing Your instructions.” (NLT)
2006–1st Thessalonians 5:24: “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” (NIV)
2007–John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV)
2008–Psalm 40:1-3: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me & heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” (NIV)
2009–Psalm 86:11: “Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your Truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” (NIV)
2010–2 Timothy 1:7: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (NIV)
I wish I had time to go through each one of these and all that transpired through those years, how God used His Word to sanctify me through and through…
Instead I’ll take the time to share the 2011 verse God has laid on my heart to intentionally integrate into my life. It is Romans 12:11-12a:
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
I believe He confirmed this verse for me personally because He wants me to focus in on 3 words: passion, perseverance and prayer. I’m ecstatic to think how He is going to use this Truth in my life in a powerful way.
And speaking of power, I have one more thing to announce. It’s a first for me…God led me to choose a verse specifically for LauraLeeShaw.com for 2011 too. Patty over at OrdinaryLives.net has been doing this for a few years, and since I was having a difficult time deciding between 2 verses for 2011, God finally made it clear to me! One was for this ministry, and the other was for my personal spiritual growth! And it goes right along with the focus on sharing more and teaching less from my last post.
Excited to know what it is? Well, here’s a picture of it (another idea stolen from Patty):
I love it when God does something new…has God had any “firsts” for you lately?
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