Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast Episode 102 Resolution or Reflection
Welcome to the Terri Hitt – Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast
Episode #102 – Resolution or Reflection
Thank you for entrusting and investing your precious time with me to grow in Jesus together. I am blessed to be back with you to discuss more ways to live with eternal perspective.
Let’s talk about anticipation.
I consider it one of the gifts we have in this life.
Have you ever experienced the joy of planning a vacation or special event, awaited a holiday or birthday, perhaps a visit from or a surprise for a loved one?
Each event carries the anticipation of what we hope for.
Half of the fun is in the planning and anticipation.
What if we carry that expectation into the new year in regards to our walk with Jesus?
Each year people make New Year Resolutions. Sometimes they stick. Most of the time they’ve disappeared within days or weeks.
What would you like your walk with Jesus to look like in the new year?
What would you like it to be like at the end of your life?
What do you want others to see in you?
Do you desire a reflection of the Lord to shine for all to see and be drawn to Him?
Over the last two years, through this podcast, I have shared interviews with many people who have spoken of their God stories about how the Lord has, or is, working in their life. I’ve shared practical tips and advice on deepening your walk with God through a personal relationship with Jesus, and how to continue growing the depth and width of your walk.
Nothing gives me as much joy as finding ways to experience the fullness of joy that Christ has for each one of us
Right now we are each sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s. For some, it is business as usual as they continue their schedule without change or much thought. For others, they are in that glorious time of year in which they are off work and able to stay home before heading back off to work next week. For others, like me, it is a special time of year in which we are out of school until after the beginning of January and we are each busy getting things we normally don’t have time to do accomplished.
I also use this time to think of the upcoming year. Each morning we awaken is a gift. Gratefulness abounds for me the moment I open my eyes. Proverbs 27:1 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
I don’t want to journey into the new year without pondering with great anticipation what the Lord has for me.
What work does God request that I allow Him to accomplish through me?
I challenge each of us to look not for resolutions for the new year, but to sit with our Bible and in prayer as we seek the Lord and reflect on what He speaks in the silence.
Which will deepen and mature your walk with Jesus? Resolution or Reflection?
What will draw you nearer to God so that He will draw nearer to you? Resolution or Reflection?
Think of what areas you need change or results in life.
Will making a resolution help? Maybe. But with certainty, I promise that if you hand it to God and seek Him for guidance and reflection, He will show you the way to a true and lasting resolution. Not just a New Year’s resolution.
How should you reflect with the Lord?
1. Find a quiet space
2. Sit alone with God
3. Seek Him
4. Converse in prayer
When we ask for God to intervene and take control, to guide us in His will and ways, He does.
Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the Lord!”
Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.”
No matter what you are facing in this moment or hour, God is present. He knows your situation and is waiting on you to turn to Him and continue to rely on His strength and wisdom.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this moment in time. You are our lighthouse, our strong and mighty fortress. Thank you for allowing us to turn to You, dear Father, our Jehovah-Jireh. There is none like You. Our Great Provider. May we not focus on our trials, but accept Your provision, even when it is not what we expect. Help us to trust You more and more each moment. May we focus on a life with You that extends beyond the world that we can see and taste. Help us to crave eternity with You and our eternal home each day, as we continue to widen our hope and trust in You. We pray that You come quickly, dear Lord. Rescue us from this world that is farther from You than we even understand. We need You so much. May the new year bring us to our knees in search of greater relationship with You. May we experience Your mighty grace and compassion, may Your hand move in this land and in our hearts and homes as we resolve to reflect You in solitude and through our thoughts, attitude, words, and actions. Shine from us, Father because we seek and desire You above all else. Let us reflect on You, reflect Your nature, and resolve to mentor the way to You for others. May we live with anticipation of the glorious ways we will see you at work within and around us daily. In the precious and holy name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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I pray this podcast draws you nearer to God and helps you cling to Him, despite any circumstances in your life. Until next week, keep looking Up while focusing on new ways to Live With Eternal Perspective.