Since daylights savings time ended and time changed a little while ago, I have been thinking about how quickly life changes with its ebbs and flows. More than a year ago, I moved into this apartment and, for the first time, had a place of my own. In the past year, many things have happened. Some friends got married, some friends had babies, I adopted a dog, I became a member of a great church, there have been changes within my workplace, etc.
But, honestly, I feel as if I have not changed and not grown like I really want to, especially in my relationship with the Lord. I want my relationship with him to be ever-growing and ever-changing. I want to learn new things from Him everyday, and I want to find new-to-me gems from His Word. But, this year, I have felt stagnated. Like I'm treading the same water over and over again. Learning the same lessons again because I apparently didn't learn them well enough the first couple of times. When something happens again and again after I think I've let it go, I begin to wonder what God is doing. Is this a test or is it something new that He is orchestrating in my life? I want answers.
It's not that I need change in my personal or professional life (though I wouldn't argue if that were to happen), but I need movement in my walk with Him. I need a revelation of Jesus. A revival. A renewal. A deeper understanding of my identity in Christ.
While I was in college, the mother of one of my "favorite families" told me about a prayer guide book that she had used for several years. I immediately went online and ordered it. I have used it for several years. It's called For the Family by Sylvia Gunter. You can find it here.
In the little booklet are amazing prayer starters and resources, but there is also a "Renewing Your Mind in the Word" section. With this tool, you read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs each day. It's so cool because daily you are provided with promises from Him, praises to Him, wisdom from Him and a sound reminder of Who He is and who you are in Him. What a blessing God's Word is!
So as I am trying to weed through what God is doing in my life right now and what He is trying to teach me, these Psalms and Proverbs continuously remind me that His plan is higher and His Word is continually alive and active, speaking to all circumstances and life situations. In Him are all the answers. He is the answer.