It’s about that time where goals and resolutions are being set in hopes to keep them for more than a month. Well maybe that’s just me, but year after year I set the same goals for myself, you know the typical: lose weight, payoff debt, save money. And normally by the end of January, my diet has become the “see-food diet” and the budget has gone out the window.
This year, my husband and I sat down after dinner one night and we came up with a list of goals that didn’t seem to be unachievable. However, the next morning I woke up with great expectation for 2017. I started thinking about a post that I wrote earlier in the year about the difference between mercy and grace. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can here.
This got me thinking, am I really believing for Gods very best in 2017 or am I just expecting to get by and settling for goals that can be achievable by our own means?
1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I started thinking about the story of Simon Peter when he went out to fish and caught nothing. But Jesus took him on the boat the next morning and said let’s try one more time. Jesus didn’t just provide a handful of fish to Simon Peter. He gave him 2 boats full! More than Simon Peter ever imagined!
What about the story of the hungry crowd that gathered to hear Jesus preach? They were starving but all the disciples had was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Jesus multiplied the food and the crowd ate until they were satisfied. But the bible says, not only did he provide enough food for 5000 people to eat but there was 12 baskets left over!
Why is it that when we ask God for something like a new job, we don’t ask God for a perfect job that fits our personality and our families needs, that will free us from our debt and provide more than enough and give us the ability to be generous and bless others? Or instead of simply saying, I want to lose weight saying Lord I have great expectations to regain my health this year, that I will be full of energy for my children and spouse, that I will not be a victim of any disease but I have complete healing over my entire body?
The truth is, I am such a victim of just asking God for the bare minimum. But 2017 is going to be so different for me. I am expecting nothing but God’s goodness and unimaginable favor over my life, my husband, my children and for you my friend. I truly pray that God will blow your mind with His favor. And I expect to hear great things that He has done for you in 2017!
Happy New Year my lovelies!