“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained…” (Proverbs 29:18)
That’s a pretty powerful statement.
And to be completely honest, the word “unrestrained” describes most of my life.
I lived for… ehem… me.
Oh I had vision alright. But it was on… me.
… Oh tell me I am not the only one!
You see, when we look only at ourselves and our plans… we do things and believe things that lead to destruction.
Why? Because there is nothing set in place to restrain us. We won’t let anyone restrict us. We are out of control.
We want it our way.
When He tells us we need vision, He means vision with an eternal purpose. The need to have our mind and heart centered on God and His will is critical.
But wait… there’s more! (sounds like an infomercial, yes?)
That scripture goes on to tell us that when we do, the result is happiness and blessing.
Now I’m not a math whiz… but I like how this adds up.
And with life moving as fast as it is, we need to find our vision – His vision – for our lives.
Sometimes it’s a scripture.
It can be a word or phrase.
Sometimes it’s a quote to live by.
Regardless… it’s divinely defined.
And we need it! Because you see, having God’s direction in life helps us:
- Be effective for the Kingdom
- Make better decisions
- Align with His plans
- Have inner peace and rest
- Connect better with our Creator
- Be happy
- Receive blessings
Sign me up!
What about you? Are you ready to learn God’s plan for you… your family… and your marriage.
Here are four ways to FIND YOUR FOCUS:
1. Ask God to reveal it.
God never hides from us. As a matter of fact, He tells us when we seek Him with all our heart… we find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
Want to know God’s direction for your next year? Ask Him. Spend time praying about what He has in store for you until He reveals it.
2. Ask for spiritual ears to hear it.
So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message. (Romans 10:17)
Often, our calendars are cluttered and our minds on overload. When that happens, we struggle to hear God’s voice. We miss the signs He places in our path.
Be intentional to listen for His plans. Be available to hear Him. You can do this by spending time in His Word, listening to worship music, attending church, etc.
When you begin receiving consistent, persistent messages… it may be the answer you’ve been praying for.
3. Ask for protection and provision to follow it.
It’s no secret that what God builds, the Enemy tries to destroy. It’s a textbook tactic that can distract and discourage us. And when it succeeds, we find ourselves out of alignment for God’s plan in our lives.
But when we stay focused with eyes on Him, God continues to strengthen our frame. He equips us. And Philippians 4:13 promises that through Christ, we can do all things… including keeping our hearts centered on His desire for our 2013.
Ask Him daily to protect you, and provide a way to walk the path He’s determined.
4. Thank Him now for the blessing that comes from it.
Hebrews 10:36 tells us… “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
This past year, God’s word for me was… surrender. At first, I was certain I’d heard Him wrong.
But I didn’t.
I surrendered to my husband (ouch) and food (bleh) and expectations (doh!) and many other things.
Can I be real?
It was HARD.
But I said, “yes, Lord.” And you know what? He blessed me…
- My marriage is the best it’s ever been.
- Food doesn’t control me anymore.
- Grace moved in where expectations used to live.
Thank You, Father.
Friends, ask God His focus for YOU in 2013.
Ask His vision for your FAMILY (include your kids in praying for it).
Ask for the direction of your MARRIAGE (maybe pray with your husband).
And then listen for it… receive it… and decide to walk it out next year.
You’ll be saying yes to freedom… healing… restoration or something else amazing that God has planned for… YOU.
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