I've never had a word. You know, like some women have a word they focus on in the new year. Never. I've had passages of scripture that have inspired me, but not a specific word per say.

As I started seeing some of my friends ask others what their "word" was for 2017, I would read answers like "rest, embrace, freedom" and I thought..."Lord, do you have a word for me? Is this even something I should pursue? Or is it one more thing I'm just gonna have to aim higher to achieve? You know, gotta make sure I accomplish my word. I don't think I can handle any more goals Lord." So I dropped it and simply continued on my with my normal scripture reading and prayer time.

But God answers prayers. Even the ones we think we've forgotten about. Throughout my reading all I could see was this repeated call to obedience. Everywhere. Like in every scripture. Specifically a few days ago in Psalm 50:16-22

"But God says to the wicked:
“Why bother reciting my decrees
and pretending to obey my covenant?
17 For you refuse my discipline
and treat my words like trash.
18 When you see thieves, you approve of them,
and you spend your time with adulterers.
19 Your mouth is filled with wickedness,
and your tongue is full of lies.
20 You sit around and slander your brother—
your own mother’s son.
21 While you did all this, I remained silent,
and you thought I didn’t care.
But now I will rebuke you,
listing all my charges against you.
22 Repent, all of you who forget me,
or I will tear you apart,
and no one will help you."

Whoa right? Not really uplifting. I KNOOOOOW. But it was the notes that really broke it down for me.

"Some people glibly recite God's laws but are filled with deceit and evil. They claim His promises but refuse to obey Him. This is sin and God will judge people for it. We, too, are hypocrites when we are not what we claim to be. To let this inconsistency remain shows that we are not true followers of God."

Well then.

Look, I will never stand in judgement of any one - but I AM responsible for my OWN walk with God. I knew I had my word. Not a word I wanted to achieve but a Word from God that HE wants to accomplish in my life.

Obedience. More than that though - RADICAL OBEDIENCE.

I want all that the Lord has for me in 2017. That has to begin believing He has a plan. Knowing His has His own agenda for my life and trusting He will lead. So my goal? Is to follow. In everything. In my marriage, in parenting, in friendships, in ministry, and even with my health.

Radical Obedience it is.

Love, jp

Jayne PattonComment