New Beginnings for a New Year

I am trusting and believing that God will do a new thing in 2017.

Isaiah 43:18-19 encourages us to

Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”

I am claiming this promise. Clinging to it in fact. I need the new thing He will send like I need air.

He has already blessed me so much. And yet, something feels stagnant. So I will give it all to Him for the refreshing that only He can bring.

I pray for a new thing in my ministry, in my marriage, in my finances, in my work. I pray for His direction and that I will be able to hear His voice as He points me in the right direction. And that I will be obedient, regardless of the path He chooses for me.

My prayer is also that there will be no lukewarm in my household. Hot or cold. Nothing in between. And I trust and believe for no cold. That we will all be hotly on fire for Him and the plans He has in store for us. Most of all I long for our family to be a dynamic ministry team, so I pray for this daily.

For every day He delays His coming, there is important work for us to do. There is no time for lukewarm. Just look a little further back into Isaiah 43. Beginning in the middle of verse 6 and through verse 7.

“Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

If not us, then who will bring His sons from afar? Or His daughters from the end of the earth? This is our commission and we better embrace it! (Matthew 29: 19-20, The Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)

So whether it’s someone who lives next door to us, or across the world, let us be ready to give an account for the hope that we have. (1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect.”)

It’s up to us to reach out to lost people. To not be stone-throwers, but instead to introduce those who are broken to the One who can put them back together.

So that is the biggest thing I pray for. For ministry opportunities and to be granted the opportunity and privilege of having an impact on His Kingdom.

Other areas I want to focus on are expanding and growing my business and using this too, to bring others to Him. I pray for increased financial resources to be able to help meet some desperate needs all around me that He has opened my eyes to. I need to pay off debt so that all my resources can be better used to serve others, and with all my own needs and those of my family met, my mind can be free to pursue the more important things He has in store.

Somewhere in the mix, God has also planted a dream in my heart for a nonprofit organization to minister to women and children. None of my ideas are anywhere near concrete now, as I await His direction, but I think it will involve reaching out to women who have lost custody of their children, left abusive relationships, struggled with drugs, alcohol or depression, live in extreme poverty or have related needs that threaten the stability of the family. The goal would be to see families reunited and thriving by providing the resources and support to make this possible. I even dream of eventually opening a residential facility to house moms and their kids until they are back on their feet.

These are dreams that only God can flesh out. I need to know what He is leading me to do, so I pray for vision, and His direction every step of the way. Without His hand in each and every detail, I know success will not come. I trust Him to open doors that need to be opened and to firmly close the ones that should be closed. Even if it hurts. Even if it means not getting to do the things I most want to do. He sees the big picture. He will put me where He wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do.

In the meantime I wait. And I pray for this new thing. I don’t know what He will do in 2017. But I do believe in His power to do more than I can think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”) He is good. All the time.

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