Galatians 3:11 (The Message)
The person who lives in
right relationship with God
does it by EMBRACING
what God arranges for him.
My mouth fell open. I sat in shock as the speaker seemed to look directly at me. How could she have known what God had been doing in my life for the past six months? It appeared she could see directly into my heart as she spoke.
But the verse she used almost made me stand up and shout, “Thank You, Jesus!” She had us turn to this verse in Galatians, and when she read it from The Message, it gave me chills.
You see, in 2016, I found a word, just one seven-letter word, that was to be my “word for the year”.
When I saw this verse had MY word in it, I knew I needed to take careful note.
God had shown me the word EMBRACE often over the past six months before I ever thought to see if there were any verses about it. I should have known that if God was going to lead me to a “word”, He would include His Word with it!
So what did I have to EMBRACE in 2016?
my widowhood – it is what God has arranged for me, and it is my story to bring Him glory.
my family – having children was arranged by God, so I embrace parenting with God as the father to the fatherless.
my past marriage – its difficulties have allowed me to minister to others in similar circumstances. Its greatness has allowed me wonderful memories.
moving – selling the home full of memories of my husband and purchasing a smaller home ready for new memories was a roller coaster of emotions.
As I develop my relationship with God by spending time with Him in His Word, I will EMBRACE what He arranged for me. I like to use my One Year Bible since it is a version I don’t use often. I see familiar passages in an entirely new light.
Recently I asked God if EMBRACE was to continue as my word for 2017. Driving around with my son one day, our discussion turned to a relationship I was struggling with. What came to mind was how I should handle rejection by praying for the person. That’s when a new word for the new year hit me –
My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will RELEASE my feet from the snare.
Psalm 25:15 NIV
What do I need to RELEASE for 2017?
people – certain folk I am releasing to God (some on social media and some in real life).
situations – those I can’t control (like the Serenity Prayer says) need to be released to God’s control.
expectations – of myself and of others are being released.
All of these are snares for me personally. And keeping my eyes “ever on the Lord” is the best way to release these people or feelings to His control.
Happy 2017, sisters. Let’s make this a year of EMBRACING what God has arranged for us and of RELEASING what God doesn’t have for us.
Heavenly Father, as we start a new year, help us embrace all You have arranged. Energize our time spent building our relationship with You this coming year. We are grateful for Your love and care in our lives. We release what we cannot control to Your control. Amen
Elizabeth Dyer lives in Oklahoma with her six children named after Bible characters, a large dog named after a grandfather, and a noisy cat named after a German race car driver! Elizabeth lost her husband in 2012 and is learning she only THOUGHT she knew what trusting God was–widowhood has taken that “faith walk” to a whole new level for her. Psalm 94:19 has become a special verse for her family – “Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”
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