When you have to call 911I recently witnessed an accident. It was bloody. A little boy was hurt pretty bad. He panicked as he saw the blood trickle down. Then, he felt the pain. He started jumping and screaming for his dad. I will never forget the look of shock and fear on that sweet little face. It was scary.
Have you ever been in panic mode? One minute all is well, the next mayhem.
That phone call? Tragedy was on the other line. The doctor's report? There is no cure. That loved one you were waiting for? They're never coming back. Your marriage? It's over. The bank balance? It tells you you don't have enough. Your dream? Shattered.
How do you respond?
And that, my friends, is why I AM NOT starting the new year with a resolution. Instead, I have chosen one word to guide me and remind me that my father is with me and that He's got me during the peaks and the inevitable valleys of life.
In 2015 my one word is DWELL (v. to live in or at a specified place).This world seems to be getting crazier and scarier by the day. No one is exempt from storms or rough days. Not me. Not you. In fact, Jesus warned us all, in this world we will have trouble but I don't want to only run to Him in times of trouble. What would it look like if I consistently dwell with Him?
I'm looking to reposition my heart and mind so that I'm prepared for whatever life throws at me. These are the lessons I've learned during my lowest valley's and I'm holding onto them this year. I'm praying they help you.
- DWELL in His presence because His presence changes me even when the situation doesn't change. (John 15:4)
- DWELL in His word because His word always gives me strength. (Joshua 1:8)
- Let His word DWELL IN ME because His word guides my behavior, it determines how I treat others. His word gives me the wisdom I need to answer my calling and it is a continual source of peace and joy. (Colossians 3:16)