Our key theme for the new year at our church is Possible.
You know the verse from Philippians 4 that says, “For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It is one of my personal favorites. I use it in prayer often and when I am needing to tackle something that feels so very beyond me. Our pastors have been speaking on the possible with God. This past week one of our pastors shared a message of hope that lead us to be intentional. I am going to share with you some of her words and add in a few of my own thoughts as well.
The theme was this: Run with purpose in every step.
Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing is impossible.” Sometimes impossible is just life. It is the daily living that we have to get through. It is getting out of bed and taking that first step of the day. Our pastored shared what a normal day looks like in her life. I am going to share with you one of my “normal” days.
Wake enough to send David off on his day with an “I love you.”
Wake for real by 6:30 (normally that happens at 7) and grab on a sweatshirt.
Head to the quiet and still dark livingroom to sit with the hot coffee poured into the favorite mug. Grab up my Bible and study and open with a short prayer for focus
Spend an hour of study and prayer time in quiet. (This is usually interrupted by my son so I send him to his room to play or read quietly and not be loud.)
Wake the rest of the sleeping children to begin chores. This is usually met with resistance. We are not morning people.
Do my own chores and prepare for the school day. We homeschool.
Make sure they finish chores and get breakfast. I will continue to finish up my email or message checks and do anything I need to finish for the Titus II Woman blog, FB, or email.
Get the older two started with school and plan with the little two. I start school with the youngest right after lunch.
Quiet time for them. Dinner prep for me and any other chores needing done.
Feed my family and welcome the hubby home.
After dinner chores.
Family time until bed at for the little two and ten for the older two.
Finish up anything I didn’t get done and pray for a day of peace tomorrow.
Now, you know that this list pretty vague. A lot happens in a day that we do not foresee and so every detail would literally be about 4000 words typed into a chapter f a book. It would probably be a pretty boring read for most people, but when you are the one living it, it sometimes just feels so very impossible to get through.
I have gotten to a point where I know that everything I do in this life needs to be done with purpose. Every step, every word, and every action needs to have a purpose behind it. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) Are you running with purpose? Here is what our pastor supplied us with on Sunday to let us know that we can do this.
- We have everything we need to succeed. 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT) says, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
- He has given us the instruction in His Word.
- He has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth and to remind us of the things Jesus has said. (John 14)
- He has given us a community of believers to encourage, pray, walk alongside us.
- You can do it. Philippians 4:13, “For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Be intentional in the way we live. It is possible. We have the tools and the grace to empower us. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” I’ve have witnessed this in my own life and continue to walk each day asking God to just show me the steps for today.
- It’s possible. Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Sometimes we need to realize that God’s message to us is just to be practical. We don’t have to have a supernatural encounter to hear God or see God. It is almost always in the practical. Our pastor said this, “God’s mission should be our mission. We are called to share the “good news of great joy that is for all people.” It’s not about us; it’s about God’s purpose and God’s plan.” 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 are two verses that we can hide in our hearts to claim and redeem, “All athletes are disciplines in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.”
Lord, help me to run with purpose. I need to remember that my life is not about me, but it is yours and I gave it to you so that you could use me to accomplish your mission here. There are so many days that feel or seem like they are just impossible, but you have told me different. I know they are not impossible because I have you standing with me. Help me to always remember this teaching from you. Amen.