Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8 NLT)
This time of year many women are celebrating Christmas with their families, enjoying vacation time, and sharing cookie recipes! Even though those things are okay, this is also a good time for reflection. I, myself, usually take a journey through my journals and agenda books that I have been keeping through the year. I try to see what has made it to “primary” position in my life and what I need to work on for the next year.
This being humbly said, finally my need for God is recognized and 2012 has proved it. Yes, after evaluating this year, I can honestly say that I have been more productive in the things of God and my natural life. I have been praying more, spending time in my word more, giving more, and following Christ more. How is this? I was honestly struggling in 2011 in my relationship with the Lord. I was not reading my word daily, praying daily, or practicing what I believed and that was okay with me. This year (2012) was totally different; I had a craving to get into my word, a desire to do for others more than myself, and a belief in the Lord for impossible things this year.
What is my secret to my success in 2012? The secret is having a daily relationship with the Lord and drawing closer to Him that has caused me to have humility and greater faith in His abilities. The same God who directs the earth in its orbit and who rises and sets the sun has become my top priority and in return He supplies me with daily strength and grace to follow Him.
Being a complete individual, gracious wife, loving mom and a dependable friend is what I am. The only thing that has helped me become these things is my relationship with God. It’s closer than the past years and I believe that it will only grow closer by grace.
Our personal relationships with the Father have more impact on our daily lives than we give credit to. Paying attention to it is something that can have a significant, positive impact on our work and personal relationships. I’m working daily to have a Jesus-centered personal life that will spill in abundance into my other relationships and obligations.
My question now is do you believe that God upholds the universe? Changes the seasons? Gives life? If you have the faith for these things, then rest assure that He will never prove that He is unable to fulfill His own promises towards you. Your relationship with Him matters and once He becomes FIRST on your agenda, and schedule, then every other area in your life will be affected for the advancement of His kingdom. That’s it—the secret to my life—I have learned to draw closer to God daily.
We look to You as we end this year and begin another one. We render our hearts to You now, asking that You would humble us so that we may receive Your grace. We desire to walk with You Lord and we believe that You would come along and take our hands. Thank You for Your everlasting love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you to turn it around in 2013! If you know you haven’t drawn closer to the Lord as you would like to or done so in the past, you can begin right away to change that. Just do one small thing that you said you would do, each day. Start off by spending the first 5 minutes of your morning with Him or joining a small group to go through your bible. Just act on His word and come close to God, and God will come close to you.
Share with us your progress or this coming year’s actions you will take to have a Jesus-centered life.
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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”