Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]



Friday, January 1, 2010

THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART




Deuteronomy 6 (The Message)

5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that's in you, love Him with all you've got!
6-9 Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.


Over the last few day as I was pondering the end of the year - I began to ask myself what I wanted 2010 to be about. "LIGHT" seems to be the theme that the LORD has been teaching me over the last two weeks. HIS LIGHT shining in darkness for the world to see --- and my light being a reflection of JESUS that would shine in the new year to all I will meet along life's pathway. The New Year is filled with new beginnings - new hurdles - new conquests - new commitments - new challenges - new joys - new promises - new territories to conquer - new encouragements of the heart!

My theme for this year is simply:
JESUS ONLY in 2010!
HIS LOVE
HIS GRACE
HIS PRESENCE
HIS JOYS
HIS PLEASURES
HIS FORGIVENESS
HIS MERCY
HIS COMMITMENTS
HIS PRAYERS
HIS WORD
HIS PURPOSES
HIS SPIRIT
HIS WORK
HIS MIND
HIS HEART

Psalm 139 [selected]
1 O LORD, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
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As we examine our hearts individually - and corporately - how do you want your heart to grow? What did your heart look like last year? How do you want it too respond differently this coming year?
Is your heart an OPEN DOOR for all the world to see JESUS?
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Choosing Joy in JESUS ONLY in 2010,
Stephanie
Happy NEW YEAR = 2010 is here!


12 comments:

A Stone Gatherer said...

What a wonderful theme! The verses in Deuteronomy I use all the time in my ministry at church. I believe the Lord is leading me to seek Peace this year.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Amen, Stephanie! I want 2010 to be a year when I do not fail to share the full gospel of repentance and faith towards God. Not a half gospel, which is really no gospel at all, but the full counsel. As Jesus said in Matthew 4:17, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." These are exciting times we live in as we see the Word come to pass before our very eyes!

Yolanda said...

I love you and your sweet message last night as I gathered to crawl into the covers, was precious.

Your theme for 2010 is exactly what God has in store for you. I wrote mine this morning over at Higher Grounds, but it comes from Jeremiah 29:13 NIV, and my "word" is to SEEK.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I am shouting a resounding YES! Yes, to Jesus only in 2010.

I pray that we all experience Him like never before.

Love to you my sweet friend,
Beth

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I am shouting a resounding YES! Yes, to Jesus only in 2010.

I pray that we all experience Him like never before.

Love to you my sweet friend,
Beth

Robin's New Song said...

Yes, amen! I posted on my facebook today, more love, more zeal, more faith, more patience, more family time, more fruit, more destiny, more focus, more wholeness, more health, more to give, more wisdom, more of You JESUS in 2010

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I want to trust in God's character more... I know that sounds cryptic, but I will flesh it out in a future post.

And yes, I pray for his light to illuminate my life so that all is exposed--the good and the bad, so that I may more fully become the woman he's created me to be.

peace~elaine

LisaShaw said...

Stephanie,

"Jesus only in 2010" and always says it all for me. Thank you for sharing His Light with us.

You shine the LIGHT of our LORD and I'm excited about the plans GOD has for you this year. Stay prayerful as I know you will.

My prayer for you is that you remain focused, healthy, on fire and full of zeal for the LORD and ever hearing and adhering to the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT who is alive in you.

You're a blessing to my life as I know you are to many.

Blessed New Year!
Much love,
Lisa

Just Be Real said...

Happy New Year dear one! Love the title and meaning of this post. I draw closer to my God each day! Blessings and hugs in the new year!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I'd say you've gotten straight to the heart of the matter!

I've enjoyed my visit this morning, and really got a kick out of your collection of grandbabies. What a wonderful bouquet they are!

Blessings,
Kathleen

Wylie said...

I love the picture of an open door in the new year. This Christmas season was deeper for me with the Lord & I am still praying through what God is revealing in that. I love the way He keeps working on us like peeling away layers of an onion to reveal more & more of His truth, so we reflect more & more of His Son. Blessed to share the journey with you in 2010 sister!
Wylie

Crown of Beauty said...

I just love the words of this post. Nothing stirs up my heart more than the changing of a season, something new to look forward to, as you so aptly wrote: "new beginnings - new hurdles - new conquests - new commitments - new challenges - new joys - new promises - new territories to conquer - new encouragements of the heart!"

THank you for sharing about light. May God continue to light your path as you walk in His purposes for you this year!

Love
Lidj