I’m not a resolution person, never have been. And honestly, though I like starting things new, I know myself and I know I can get all excited and gun-ho about something because it’s new, like starting something new at the beginning of the year. And then within a couple of months, sometimes weeks, it’s fallen off my radar, and I don’t even remember what the fun thing was that I started. Am I the only one who does that?
So this year I thought, I’m not going to go start all these great new things because it’s the beginning of a new year. I want to seek the Lord, and truly have Him show me what He has for me this new year. One of the things I feel He laid on my heart is a word and verse for the year. I use to do this long before I ever started blogging. My pastor’s wife from my old church back in Illinois encouraged us to pray and seek the Lord for a verse for the year. And usually with that verse a word or theme would come out too.
I haven’t done that for a year or so, and actually I forgot all about it. Until I was reading in my bible the other day and I saw the word and verses the Lord had given me back in 2011. That’s when I felt the Lord prompting my heart and gave me a word and I think verses. I say ‘think’ because honestly I was trying to find something that had the word He gave me in the verse, but I can’t find it. And when I look He keeps bringing back to the original verses when He first laid it on my heart.
So what is my word and verses?
As the dear pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalms 42:1-2a
I know that I haven’t had the passion for the Lord like I use to, my walk with Him has become more obligatory than passionate. It’s kind of like a marriage. There’s so much passion at the beginning of a marriage, and then as the years go on, you can loose that passion if you are not intentional about keeping it in your marriage. Well I haven’t been intentional about keeping a passion for the Lord in my relationship with Him. And this year I feel like He really wants to work with me on that.
It’s something I’m looking forward to because honestly I’ve not liked the lack luster way I’ve been feeling in my walk with Him. And I really don’t like how easily I became accustomed to that feeling. So I’m praying that this year my passion for Him will grow. That I will thirst and hunger after Him in a way that I never have.
I thought it was interesting that a few days after the Lord laid this on my heart a friend of mine and I were talking about a woman’s bible study that was getting ready to start at our old church. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go to it and I asked her what the study was about. It’s about thirsting after the Lord for more intimacy! That’s actually how they explain the book, thirsting after the Lord. Yep, I think I’m suppose to go to this study whenever our schedule allows it. 😀