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January Reflections

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Hello everyone,

Hope you enjoyed your January! I realize this post is two days late so thank you for your patience. My family and I took a short trip this past week, and I haven’t had much time to think about blogging.

So to keep things short and sweet today, I just want to share a few (random) reflections from the month of January.

I need God.

January was packed full of very busy days for me. Between learning the ropes of blogging, midnight writing sessions, a 5-day missions trip, and many other things that took place, there were days I became so caught up in busyness that I spent precious little time with God. I found myself rushing through my devotions on the mornings of busy days because I had so many other things to do. I came to realize that it’s not worth it. Because even more than I need those few extra minutes to check things off my to-do list, I need God. I need His wisdom, His strength, His help, His grace. And they are not worth sacrificing for busyness.

 

God is always faithful.

God showed His faithfulness to me in some very real ways this month through the answers of specific prayers. I’m so thankful for His faithfulness. Even when our faith fails, He is always faithful.

If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  II Timothy 2:13

Also, I decided to start keeping a record of answered prayers and other evidences of God’s faithfulness in my life throughout this year. Have you ever done this? If so, I’d love to hear how it worked for you.

And speaking of faith,

My word for 2017.

Faith is the word I have chosen for 2017. As I mentioned in this post, 2017 holds a lot of change for me. While change normally brings fear (at least for me!), I want 2017 to be a year lived by faith and not by fear.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Before I go, I want to share a quote I heard in a message last week that has been on my mind:

A right attitude will take you a lot farther in life than any head knowledge you may have. 

This is such an important truth and one I want to intentionally live out in my life this year. As my dad likes to say, “Attitude determines altitude.”

How about you?

  • Have you had a busy January?
  • How has God shown Himself faithful to you this month?
  • Did you pick a word for 2017?

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2 Comments

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    Erin
    February 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    This is sooooo true! If we do not put Him first, all our plans we fail and we will be completely empty. Sometimes I laugh at how God uses me in spite of myself. Then, I realize I had no business running on fumes without Him and I go back to what really matters- my relationship with Him.

    Your blog is fabulous! I am so glad you took that courageous step to start a blog.

    I pray God will bless your ministry, through your blog, as you reach out to others. May you draw many into a deaper relationship with Him.

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      justinejoyblog
      February 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Isn’t He good, though, to use us in spite of ourselves? I am so thankful He does! Thank you for your encouraging words!

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