"What's the plan for 2015? Goals? Dreams?Let's talk!"
I knew I had a captive audience as she was traveling back home from Georgia. And I quickly received her response...and then she asked me:
"How about you?"
I froze for a split second and then...
I quickly blurted out:
"Focus! I've been so distracted this year." (Insert 15,000 emojis) LOL
I began to wonder if maybe this was the Lord's way of telling me that would be my one word for 2015, but....
Last year, the Lord placed my one word on my heart in early November and here I was wondering on the last Saturday of 2014 what my word would be.
The Lord had been placing words like dream and faithful in my heart but I didn't have that familiar feeling of confirmation that I love. So, I waited.
On Monday I got out my journal. I started copying down a few quotes I read on Jess Connolly's blog about dreaming and said this:
"Ask the Lord to be loud to you- and I dare you to believe that He might really desire for you to hear His voice, even more than you desire to hear His."
So I prayed and asked Him to be loud to me. A few moments went by and I began searching the Scriptures. It's the place I go to for everything, really. And it was there, I saw a verse that pricked my heart.
"One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul." Acts 16:14
At first it was kind of funny. I was like, "cool, You want me to pay attention." But as I continued to read the Scripture line by line, the word jumped off the page to my teary blue eyes.
I cried. Thank you Lord, from the bottom of my heart for showing me this Scripture that I have glanced over countless times before now.
Easton's Bible Dictionary provides this definition: "The heart is the center not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. The heart must be changed, regenerated before a man can willingly obey God."
In the Greek language #2588 it is translated "kardia- the effective center of our being; desire-producer that makes us tick; our desire-decisions that establish who we really are."
I had asked the Lord to help me focus. I asked Him to be loud. I asked Him to give me a word for 2015 that would mean something to me.
And He did that. He did all of it. And as an added bonus, He showed me this Scripture as a way of solidifying what He placed inside my heart:
"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise." Psalm 57:7
Hear: to listen; give or pay attention to.
Ear: keen/sensitive perception of the differences of sounds
Art: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful
I think Ann Voskamp said it best when she said:
"All the heart really knows-is what it knows by heart."
And that's my prayer for this year. To know in my heart and believe all that The Lord has for me. And I want to know Him more by paying attention to His Word and fixing my heart on the Truth of His promises. Not just when things are going splendidly but when things are hard and I have to choke back tears.
"For a fixed heart I must have a fixed determination, and not a mere fluctuating and soon broken intention. And I must have a continuous realization of my dependence upon God, and of God's sweet sufficiency, going with me all through the dusty day." Alexander MacLaren
Lord, for 2015, I want to know you by heart. Let it be so. Amen.
*PS: If you are still reading this wordy post, I wanted to say that I'll be participating in Beth Moore's Siesta Scripture Memory Team this year. I will memorize two Scriptures per month for each month in 2015. I've done this a few years now and this is the first year the Lord gave me all 24 verses before the year began and they are all on...you guessed it...the heart because what the heart really nows, is what it knows by heart. Join me? Scripture Memory Team