As this new year takes shape, I’m thinking a lot about my word for the year, ‘Heart.’
My goal for 2018 is to pursue God’s heart by discovering more closely those things that matter most to Him. For me, this doesn’t necessarily mean projects and social interest, although it could include that. It does mean discovering God’s personality and thereby growing in intimacy with Him much like I got to know my husband. I learned my better half’s heart and passions by taking time to listen to him long before I spent time with him in pursuing them. And in spending time with my husband, my priority is on what matters most to him. I can do ‘my thing’ when he’s not around.
HOW WILL I DO THIS?
- Reading and studying the Bible looking for what moves God to respond, whether positively or negatively, what brings Him joy, what hurts Him, what angers Him
- Reading and studying the Bible to discover why God would respond to me and call me to friendship with Him, and how I should respond in return
- Meditating on and memorizing some of these verses, passages to get them stuck in my heart and brain
- Praying the verses/passages back to God, making them personal to our relationship
- Worshiping God for who He is and His heart toward me
WHAT PROMPTED ME TO MAKE THIS 2018’S WORD?
I’d have to say last year’s concentration on ‘Perspective’ greatly influenced this year’s longing to not only know God’s heart better, but align mine with His. Last year I often prayed,God replace my perspective with yours regarding yourself, life, and me. Click To Tweet
As I prayed this prayer, read God’s Word, and pursued God’s perspective in daily life, God answered my simple request. I began to discover two things critically important to pursuing God’s heart and becoming His friend:
- I often don’t see God as He really is.
- The only way I can truly understand God's heart is through His willingness to transform mine. Click To Tweet
WHY DOES THIS MEAN SO MUCH TO ME?
I don’t think many of us mortals can boast that we know God’s heart. Most often, we assume we can’t know it and so don’t even try. But His Word says we can and so this has become the greatest pursuit of my life. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be ‘besties’ with the God of the universe? I mean no disrespect, and hope none is taken. God is holy (so far above us) yet His Word says he longs to be our friend.
“And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’ He was even called the friend of God.” James 2:23 (nlt)
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” John 15:13-15 (nlt)
I can’t think of anything better than to be God’s friend. But, first, I must know His heart to understand what a friendship with Him would look like. Friendship doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it happen without work. That’s just the way relationships are. So, through this coming year, I’m going to be focusing on how I can be God’s friend. And I’m going to take my readers along with me on the journey.To become God's friend, I must know His heart. Click To Tweet
CHANGES COMING TO THIS SITE
As I take on this task of pursuing God’s heart by learning about friendship with Him in 2018, I will also be making changes to ‘En Courage.’ I’m coming to realize, because of my life’s journey with God in 2017, my passion is more aligned with helping other’s experience friendship with God. Because of this, I will be changing the title and emphasis of this site to more align with my passion. I’m currently working on a new title and categories, along with posts that will represent this new focus more fully. I won’t be getting rid of the old posts, but will be adding them into the appropriate new categories.
What do you think? Does this intrigue you? I’d love your feedback.
Until next week!
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