And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Though this is the second...it's really first in my life and will guide everything else in my life. I feel like this verse just sums up what I need to work on in my walk with Christ...being intentional about growing. I want to live my life that it pleases God. I have been asking myself...what fruit am I producing for God?
I want to grow DEEP in his word this year. Going to BSF has helped me with this...I need help with learning God's word. It is hard for me to stay on track without accountability. I want to teach my children to LOVE his word. We have carved out 2 nights a week to study God's word as a family. We have always prayed and talked about God's word at night, but we need to go deeper as a family now that they are getting older.
Be STRENGTHened by his Glorious might...have endurance and patience...which is something I lack! I can snap in a minute! But this year...I have a goal...to be intentional about being patient!
JOYfully give thanks to the Lord...not look at the negative things...but at the joy God has placed in my life. Having his joy no matter what the circumstances...it's a struggle for me to do this...more often than not I let things get to me.
KNOWing God has qualified me to do his will and share in his Kingdom...that gives me confidence to know with him...all things are possible and to not doubt the position he has put me in.
FORGIVEness...I have been forgiven...I need to forgive. I need to let go of bitterness and anger that stand in my way of producing fruit for the kingdom. God loves me and wants me to love others the way he loves them.
I am asking that you ALL help keep me accountable for this. Feel free to say...are you being intentional? I truly need the encouragement to endure the race.