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Where are you living?

Written by kim on . Posted in Blog

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 3:13-14, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Do you have things in your past that you want to forget?  I know I do.  Poor choices, painful circumstances, tragic loss are just a few of things that we all experience that we would rather forget.  But what about the pieces of our pasts that were joyful and brought great pleasure to our lives?  The good ole’ days as some like to call them.  Do you want to forget those?

I find it interesting that Paul says there is one very important thing that he does:  he forgets what is behind and strains toward what is ahead. He forgets or neglects the things of the past and instead he pursues or chases the goal ahead.  For many of us, it’s hard to let go of the past no matter how good or how tough it was.  I know there are events that will always be logged in our memories, but I believe Paul is talking about living in the past.

Where are we living?  God doesn’t want us living in the sorrows OR the joys of yesterday.  We each have a life that is worth living right now.  He has something special for us in this current moment, but many of us are missing it because we are so focused on our pasts.

I have a good friend who says, “I choose what I dwell on.”  She has experienced deep pain in her past and after taking the appropriate steps to work through it, she has allowed herself to heal by choosing not to dwell on it anymore.  She chooses to forget or neglect it and lives in the now.  What an important lesson for all of us to learn.  Both the triumphs and the tragedies of the past are done.  There’s no going back.  We must press on.  There is too much life yet to live and I don’t want to miss any of it!

Where are you living?

 

What’s Your Word

Written by kim on . Posted in Blog

Nancy Turner is a new friend of mine from Moody Radio.  I had the privilege of being on her show, This Is The Day, a number of times last year.  During one of her shows she shared with her listeners what her “word for the year” was.  She chose a word to focus on that represented an area she wanted to grow in throughout the year.  I thought that was very interesting, so I decided to pick a word for 2012: Trust.  I wanted to learn to trust God in a deeper way than ever before.  When I look back I can see so many different events that occurred that gave me an opportunity to develop my level of trust.  Some were extremely difficult, but I’m grateful.  I’m definitely still a work in progress in this area!

As I’m journeying through 2013 I realize there is another word that is coming to the forefront for the year:  Surrender.  What does it truly mean to surrender every single part of my will and being to Christ?  And I mean EVERY part.  There are things that I easily surrender, but I’ve been asking Him to reveal to me the things I still hold too closely.  What do I still want to control in my own life?  Do you know what happens when you ask God that kind of question?  He answers!  It’s funny how that works. J  And the answers have been VERY revealing.  I have some work to do in this area for sure.

So the year 2013 will be known as my year of surrender just like the year 2012 was known as my year to go to the next level of trusting Him.

What’s your word?

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