Monday, January 29, 2007

2007 Prayer for Growth

It’s late in January. Most people have completed their 2007 resolutions by now. I’ve not done this in several years, mostly because my goals and resolutions usually seem to end up unreached, a source of discouragement instead of challenge.

This year I feel a bit differently. A bit braver. I feel God's been at work in my heart and leading me to grow in some specific areas. Instead of making a long list of resolutions (which ends up being just a list Satan uses to remind me of my shortcomings), I’m making commitments to growth, with God's help, in just four areas. I’ve always loved that verse in Luke where it talks about Jesus’ growth as a young man and so am basing these ideas on that verse (Luke 2: 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.)

To make it easy to remember, I focused on the four aspects of our being (and limited myself to just one goal for each area, although I listed several to give you an example of what I mean):
  • Physical (health, diet, exercise, homemaking, etc.)
  • Mental (career, education, reading, etc.)
  • Spiritual (our relationship with God)
  • Social (relationships with others, community commitments etc.)

To solidify these commitments, I’m making them matters of prayer, hence the title 2007 Prayer for Growth. I've written these out in a prayer format in a Word document which I'll keep with my Bible journal.

I'm not going to share these prayers in detail here, but I will say I've been challenged by those of you who have shared your resolutions or meditations for the year. I didn't want this year to just roll on by and not be able to look back and see how God has worked in specific areas.

If you're not a resolution person, perhaps this idea is something that would work for you too. That's the cool thing about God - January 31 is as important to him as January 1st! It's never too late!


Macromoments said...

Dianne, you're so right--Jan. 31 (or Feb. 10th or March 6th) is the same to God. Commitments can be made any time, and he will honor our effort at change. Thanks for a good reminder!

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Chris said...

I love this idea! I was thinking today, the month is almost over and what have I done to grow in those areas that I desire to see growth or change?

I will have to write this in prayer form as well and inculde it with my journal.

Katrina said...

This is a great approach, and a great way to think about resolutions - as desires for growth. And I love that we can start anytime. Like Bonnie said - today or February or even August. God's always ready to partner with us in growth.

gail said...

Good way to do it.....keeping a journal or prayer journal is good and I've been sporadic about it over the years, never consistent. It helps to put write things down though I think.

Cyndi said...

These are great. I love how you looked at the four areas. So key, but so doable (in His strength.) Also, those areas of growth are His will, so you know you have his full support! You have inspired me today!!

Deidre said...

I love that you said January 31st is just as important as Jan. 1st.

Every day is a new day and one that can be the beginning of something new we do for God. His word says His mercy is new every morning.

I love this idea!

Karen said...

Hi Dianne,
Thank you for visiting! I love your writing and look forward to reading more.
I am not a resolutions type gal, but I find myself taking stock every so often. When I feel a gentle "nudge" from God, then I need to stop and reflect. As my grandmother (94) says, You're never too old to learn! May we always continue to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

Kathleen Marie said...

This is an awesome post. Very thoughtful and helpful as well. Thanks for the excellent reminder!

Hugs to you!