For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.Ephesians 6:12-13
I totally forgot to link to my Devo at Internet Café last week!
Please visit me there!!!!!!
January is filled to overflowing with the promise of a fresh start, and for years I made resolutions that I believed would help me become the person I wanted to be. Problem is, the things we resolve to remove from (or add to) our lives on January 1st are just symptoms of the things that truly hold us captive and steal our joy. As long as we only address the symptoms, we will be in the same worn out, weighed down, weary place this time next year.
So, before January slips into February and the hope of the New Year is a distant memory, let’s look at the heart-issues that steal our joy and peace. The list is made up of things like guilt, regret, anxiety, bitterness, rage, hopelessness, shame, longing, and all manner of hurt.
Earlier this month, my friend Leah Adams wrote about her
Word for 2016. I have claimed a verse for the year before, but never a word. I
love the idea and have spent the past several days consumed with asking God to
give me my own word for 2016.
Ironically, the word I believe He has given me is “Balance”.
I blew this off for several days,
thinking that it wasn’t NEARLY profound enough. Not even remotely spiritual
enough. So I kept searching and asking and still got “Balance”.Once I stopped looking for something else to
cling to, I realized that this really does make absolute perfect sense.
Several years ago a doctor diagnosed me with OCD and I
laughed…because I am a TERRIBLE house keeper. After talking with him, I realized
that there is much more to OCD than keeping a clean house or washing your hands
100 times a day. Actually my lack of house cleaning is something that evolved
as I lost control over what goes on in my home. I can’t keep things the way
they “should” be, so I just gave up. (That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it) Obviously,
I am only mildly OCD (if I really even am at all) and I am very thankful for
that. While there are some things in my life that “must” be a certain way, I
really just obsess over things. When my brain latches onto something, it is all
I can think about until I somehow resolve it. Sadly, most everything else is
neglected until I get to the end of whatever it is that I am obsessing about…and
once I resolve it, I’m done. THIS is what I believe God desires for me to
So, even though I originally thought it was silly, “Balance”
is a great word for me to claim in 2016.
Now, for my verse, I am teetering between Colossians 3:17,
Matthew 6:33, and Luke 12:34. All deal with priorities and I’m not sure which
is pressing on me more.
Going to pray about it for a while longer.
If you have a verse/word for 2016, I'd love to hear about it!