We say it, “With God all things are possible,” but do we believe it?
While we do not know what a day might bring, we have hopes for an entire year ahead of us, things we would like to do, things we would like to accomplish if the Lord should give us the year. The Bible offers invaluable encouragements, reminders of God’s ability and love toward us.
- “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
- “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
- “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
- “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
- “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)
These 5 verses are so well known, that -perhaps- meditating on them today would renew their strength in our lives. I need reminding, often. The mere act of reading them today strengthened and encouraged me; that is the power of God’s Word. Let me be nearer in 2022 than ever before.
Today I want to focus on one woman living in perilous times, Esther. As a little girl, she might have imagined marrying the king one day, becoming a queen, but it was just in her daydreams. In daydreams, everything is happy and fantastical. Little Hadassah might have dreamed, but never considered it a real possibility. But, God.
After a period of testing, Esther did become queen. I wonder if she thought her times of testing were over. She was a queen. I believe that Scripture supports the idea that we may face testings so long as we live on this earth.
Her uncle, Mordecai reminded her that saving the Jews might be the thing she was born for. He told her,
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: …
… and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Queen Esther knew that this undertaking was risky, but submitted to Mordecai and to God, encouraging others to do the same. She exemplified bravery, and faith.
Ladies, I think each of us has a purpose in life beyond what we think is possible. I believe this because I know my Creator. He did not simply sprinkle the earth with people. Each of us is created individually, and on purpose. I believe we are created “with purpose” too. And this purpose is God’s calling or will for our lives. He equipped us uniquely to carry out His will. This truth is exciting and frightening at the same time.
The days we live in are unlike any known in our lifetime, no matter how old we are. God ordained that we should live during this time; it was not happenstance. We have purpose. Often a voice within us prompts us in some direction. It is through prayer, meditation (of God’s Word) and perhaps counsel, that we can know God’s will. He did not give us a purpose for our lives, then hide it from us. He wants us to know it.
Remarkably, as I have been pondering this essay and scribbling notes, I found myself challenged and convicted in a couple of areas. If God gives me another year on this earth, how will I make it count? Do I truly believe that I was born for such a time as this? Yes. Why do I believe this? If I was born for this time, then I have a purpose.
I can set a course for 2022, and I have. One of the things I have purposed is to be more open in my writing. That may seem a little thing to many but for me, it is a possibility, only to be met by the grace and strength of God. I don’t know how God will use the things He is prompting me to work on, or if they will be completed. I aim to be faithful today because I do not have tomorrow.
I ask you today to consider the things nagging at your mind that you feel like you should be doing, but they feel uncomfortable or impossible? I encourage you to write those “biggies” down and commit to praying about them everyday until you have clear direction or clear victory. God desires for us to live with joy and victory in our lives. Staying close to Him is undoubtably key to reaching both of those standards.
Since I have encouraged you to spend time in thought, lets take time for a second cup of tea today: Opportuni-Tea.
I pray that God will create and show me opportuni-teas that I may make possibili-teas reality in 2022. I have prayed this for the women reading and considering God’s plans for their lives. I have prayed this for you.
As I close, I pray that God will allow each of us to do the things that we were born for and that we will be guided through opportunities in order to make possibilities reali-teas!
God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible — what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves. AW Tozer
In recent years, I have chosen a word to focus on. Last year I did not. I wrote 3 things I wanted to happen in 2021. One of them came to fruition and another one, somewhat. I will continue praying. God’s timing is not mine.
I did choose a word for the year and I will be writing about it periodically.
The word for 2022 is “stewardship.”
The Spirit of God prompted me sometime in November about the matter of stewardship in an unexpected way, and the thoughts have not left me. Indeed, I have been given much.
A thought for the new year:
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing; Isaiah 43:18, 19a
Everyday, a clean slate!
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