As this new year begins, we jump on the “newness” of many resolutions and goals. We want to lose weight, drink more water, spend more time with our families or travel more.
But there may be one thing missing from your list of new year goals: restoring your faith.
In 2017, many things occurred that should have made my faith in God waiver. I was overcome with issues in my personal life that led me to my knees time and time again.
A friend of mine lost her baby and her father in a matter of weeks. Those experiences almost broke her. She questioned God over and over. As she embarks on this new year, she is committed to restoring her faith, not just in God, but who God is in her life.
As Christians, many of us expect God to deliver when we ask Him to. We expect life to be easy. And when those expectations aren’t met, we lose faith in God’s ability. But God does not operate in our timing or the way that we want Him to.
Life is going to get hard. As mothers, we take on many heavy burdens. But God tells us in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust the Lord will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding“. We won’t understand why things happen the way they do sometimes, but we have to have faith in the plan of God for our lives.
Read His Word Daily
I recently did a poll among my friends and asked how often they read the Bible. Not one of them did outside of church on Sunday.
When you were in school, you were given a textbook for class. Usually, those textbooks were filled with things we didn’t really want to read even if we liked the subject matter. But the text applied to the class and you had to read it in order to pass the assignments the teacher gave you. Think of the Bible in that way except we are tested daily. If you are not prepared, you will continue to fail. God has given us a clear book of directions for life. We have to take the time to read them, not only to live by but to get to know who He is.
Pray Without Ceasing
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing“. This doesn’t mean we are to be on our knees with a bowed head all day every day, but that we are consciously in surrender to God. This is something I am working on as well.
When we allow things like worry and anxiousness to come in, we are not engaged in God in those moments. God did not give us the spirit of those things, “but of power, and of love, and a sound mind”. (-2 Timothy 1:7) Acknowledge God at all times and in everything you do. Let His light shine through your life.
As we go into this new year, I pray that you will seek Jesus and have faith in the purpose He has for you as a woman, as a mother, as a wife. Whatever season you are in, trust God to deliver His promises and have faith in who He is. My favorite song is “My Soul is Anchored”. One of the verses of that song says, “I realize that sometimes in this life, you’re gonna be tossed by the waves and the currents that seem so fierce. But in the Word of God I’ve got an anchor; and it keeps me steadfast and unmovable despite the tide.”
No matter what comes your way or arises this year, dive deep into the Word and continue to pray and keep God first and you will rise above.