Thursday, September 29, 2011

#4 - Faithfully His

Faithfully His
A resolution to be devoted to Christ and defined by His Word

~ Divine Appointments ~
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

~ Psalm 27:8

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
~ 1 Peter 2:9

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
~ Ephesians 1:18

You have been invested with gifts, talents, and uniqueness that God Himself deemed you suitable to carry:
- Surprisingly satisfied
- Purposefully feminine
- Authentically you
- Faithfully His

This is the resolution of the woman who is faithfully His:
- We are women who lean into His voice - listening, heeding, conforming our will to His.
- We are women who uphold the laurels of Scripture in the face of contrary opinions.
- We are women who do not ultimately answer to earthly authorities but to the One who created us, loved us, and called us to Himself.
- We are
women who live with heaven's purpose in view and heaven's whisper in our souls.
- We are in the world, but we are not of the world - not controlled by it, consumed by it, compelled by it.
- We are heaven called, pursuing His purposes and driven by the passions He has placed within our hearts.


Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.
~ Hebrews 3:1-2

Examples of "Heaven Calling":
1.) It's why a mother might choose to stay home in an effort to prioritize her family, because she knows how that enticing yet all-consuming job offer could take her away from what matters most.
2.) It's what causes a single woman to refuse the offer of a distinguished gentleman who's got everything going for him except a passion for spiritual things and an interest in God's plan for her life.
3.) It's what compels a ministry leader to keep moving forward with her study and planning and the building of God's "house" even when finances and outside interests look bleak.
4.) It's what a wife faithful to her marriage, compelling her to hang in there without any real, earthly security worth mentioning left to hang on to.
5.) It's the call of the faithful.

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ How is Moses' example encouraging and inspiring to you?

~ How will you be required to go against rationale or cultural pressure to stay committed to what heaven is calling you to do in this season of your life?



~ Faith vs. Faithfulness ~
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
~ James 1:3

saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
~ Luke 22:42

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
~ Hebrews 5:7-10

Questions to ask Yourself:
~ In your own words describe the difference between having faith and being faithful.

~ Would you describe yourself as a faithful person?  If so, in what areas of life?


~ I'd Like a Word with You ~
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Read these biblical statements over your life and the lives of your loved ones, your mind will be renewed, your faith strengthened, your actions, and attitudes transformed:
"Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ"
~ I love the Lord my God with my whole heart, soul, and mind (Mark 12:30)
~ I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
~ The Lord is on my side.  I will not fear what man can do to me (Psalm 118:6)
~ I am competent not in my own abilities but because He has made me competent by His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
~ I abide in Christ, He abides in me, and I bear much fruit (John 15:5)
~ I have the mind of Christ; therefore I act in a way that is consistent with His actions (1 Corinthians 2:16)
~ He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)
~ I do not look with disdain upon my weaknesses.  I see them as opportunities for God to display His powerful strength and grace through me (2 Corinthians 12:10)
~ No weapon formed against me can prosper, and every tongue that rises up against me in judgment will be condemned (Isaiah 54:17)
~ I will be hospitable without complaint (1 Peter 4:9)
~ I will not use my tongue to speak cursings, but rather I will speak life-giving blessings to everyone I meet and in every situation I face (James 3:8-10)
~ The Spirit indwells me; therefore I am the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16)
~ I am faithful over a few things, and I will be made ruler over many (Matthew 25:23)
~ I humbly submit to God, and I actively resist the work of the devil, knowing the must flee from me (James 4:7)
~ I will not give the enemy an opportunity or foothold in my life (Ephesians 4:27)
~ The One who is in me is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)
~ I choose to obey the Lord and receive the prosperous abundance and blessing He will bestow on me (Deuteronomy 30:8-9)
~ My heart keeps the commandment of God.  They will add length of days and peace to my life (Proverbs 3:1-2)
~ I walk by the Spirit and do not fulfill the desires of my flesh (Galatians 5:16)
~ I am enabled to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
~ The Lord guards my going out and my coming in, today and forever (Psalm 121:8)
~ I rejoice in the Lord whether circumstances are good or bad (Philippians 4:4)
~ I will not be afraid when I lie down, and my sleep shall be sweet (Proverbs 3:24)
~ I obtain the favor of the Lord (Proverbs 12:2)
~ The Lord is in my midst, and He sings over me with joy (Zephaniah 3:17)
~ I am the apple of my Father's eye (Deuteronomy 32:10)
~ Goodness and mercy will follow me not only today but all the days of my life (Psalm 23:6)
~ I have been made in the image and likeness of God Himself.  This is my heritage (Genesis 1:27)
~ I have not been given the spirit of this world; rather, I have the Spirit of God that I might know the mind and will of God for me (1 Corinthians 2:12)
~ I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16)
~ My steps have been ordained and ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23)
~ I only allow my mind to entertain what is honorable, right, pure, lovely, noble, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)
~ I long for the pure milk of the Word that I may grow to spiritual maturity (1 Peter 2:2)
~ I seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14)
~ I am a necessary and useful part of the body of Christ, and I will use my spiritual gifts to edify others (1 Corinthians 12:7)
~ Faith, hope, and love - especially love - abide in me (1 Corinthians 13:13)
~ I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)
~ I have been given victory in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57)
~ I am meek, and I will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)
~ I extend mercy to others, and I will in turn receive mercy (Matthew 5:7)
~ I have a pure heart before God, and I expect to see His manifest presence in my life (Matthew 5:8)
~ I discipline myself for the purpose of godliness since it holds promise for the present life as well as the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8)
~ My ambition is to be pleasing to Him and Him alone (2 Corinthians 5:9)
~ I do not judge fellow believers so that I will not bring judgment on myself (Romans 2:1)
~ My priority is to seek first the kingdom and God's righteousness, and I expect all needed, secondary things to be added unto me (Matthew 6:33)
~ I am a true worshipper.  I worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23)
~ I do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3)
~ Rivers of living water flow out of my inner being (John 7:38)
~ I have been chosen by God to bring forth fruit that shall remain (John 15:16)
~ I am a brand-new person.  My old sin nature has passed away, and everything has become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
~ No matter my past, I am forgiven of my sins because of the lavishness of His grace upon me (Ephesians 1:7)
~ I have been given every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3)
~ Because He was wounded, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5)
~ In Christ, I am whole and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4)
~ Whatever I ask for in prayer according to the Father's will, I believe that I have received it (Mark 11:24)
~ I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation.  I am one of God's own people (1 Peter 2:9)
~ I will not be afraid because I know the spirit of fear is not from Him.  He has given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
~ I am not a stranger to God.  I am a citizen of God's kingdom and a member of His household (Ephesians 2:19)
~ I have been sealed by the Holy Spirit who indwells me. He is a pledge from the Father of my coming inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14)
~ I am a masterpiece created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 2:10)
~ For freedom I have been made free.  I walk daily in this gift of freedom (Galatians 5:1)
~ I am dead to the power of sin (Romans 6:11)
~ I have been raised with Christ, and I sit with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
~ I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14)
~ I will not fear because the Lord is my light, my salvation, and the strength of my life (Psalm 27:1)
~ The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
~ I trust completely in the Lord; therefore I will be like a fruit-bearing tree that continually finds nourishment despite dry, parched weather (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
~ No good thing will the Lord withhold from me as I walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 84:11)
~ Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and I will do the works that He did (John 14:12)
~ In Christ I have become a child of God, and I receive the blessings of God has for me (John 1:2; Romans 16:17)
~ In Christ, God has chosen me as His own and made me strong.  He has placed His mark on me.  He has placed His Spirit in my heart as a guarantee for all He has promised (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Review:
Today God invites you to live a life marked by faithfulness.  By His Spirit and with the guidance and encouragement of His Word, this is an attainable goal for you.  No matter what your past has held, this resolution can mark a new beginning.  Read the resolution prayerfully and sign your name to it when you are ready.

Faithfully His
I will live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word.


A Note From Myself:
After reading these several sections of "Faithfully His", I eagerly and truly want to live as a woman answerable to God and being faithfully committed to His Word!  Reading over the biblical statements and typing them all out onto this blog post has truly made a deeper desire in my heart to grow and be more faithful to God.  I know it won't be easy, but I pray I strive to be the woman who will stay faithful to God.

Monday, September 26, 2011

#3 - Authentically Me

Authentically Me
A resolution to value myself and celebrate others


~ Intelligent Design ~
Friday, September 23, 2011

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ What are some minor incidentals you've allowed to shape your self-image or self-worth?

~ How has the decorating scheme of your life turned out differently than you would like as a result of that?

~ Read 1 Peter 2:9-10 and record the statements of value declared concerning you.  Make a point of really studying and meditating on this Scripture, digging more deeply into the truths revealed.
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
~ 1 Peter 2:9-10



~ Supernatural Selection ~
Saturday, September 24, 2011

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
~ Jeremiah 1:5

Three Declarations:
1.) He chose you.
God's choice for you for this leg of the marathon was by design:
- That's why you're here.  In this position.
- Facing that project.
- Married to that man.
- Involved in that friendship.
- Dealing with that issue.
- Living in that neighborhood.
- Spearheading that committee.
- Participating in that activity.
- Mothering those children.
- Living this life.

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
~ John 15:16

2.) He set you apart.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
~ 2 Timothy 2:21

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
~ Ephesians 1:3

3.) He has appointed you.
You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
~ John 15:16

Choose at least one of the following verses to study and memorize:
- Ephesians 2:10 ~ a declaration of your importance to God
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
~ Ephesians 2:10

- Jeremiah 1:5 ~ a confirmation of your selection by God
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

~ Jeremiah 1:5

- 2 Corinthians 3:5 ~ a verification of your sufficiency in God
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
~ 2 Corinthians 3:5

Things to do for Yourself:
~ Consider the things you may have failed to do because you felt ill equipped or unworthy to participate.  Choose one of them to begin doing this week.


~ Happy to Be You ~
Sunday, September 25, 2011

You are the only you the world has, according to Psalm 139, has been:
- Examined by God
- Known by Him
- Seen by Him
- Protected by Him
- Followed by Him
- Blessed by Him
- Guided by Him
- Strengthened by Him
- Supported by Him
- Carefully created by Him
- Led by Him

Time to uncover and reconnect with these things that truly describe you:
- Your gifts, talents, passions, eccentricities, dislikes, weaknesses, interests, and uniquesnesses
- In their rawest, most unspoiled form

Enlist the help of a few close friends to assist you to:
~ First, ask them to point out, from their own perspective, what makes you unique.
~ Second, pinpoint what way (if any) that you have neglected to see or celebrate these characteristics and become intentional about honoring your uniqueness in the future.

Questions to ask Yourself:
~ Record uniquenesses another people see in you.  Which of these surprise you?

~ Record how you can be more intentional about using and celebrating these characteristics.

~ How would the dynamics of your family, your office, or your relationships benefit from your doing this?


~ The Affirmation Crusade ~
Monday, September 26, 2011

Review:
Take time to look back over your notes from this section.  Consider what will be required for you to live authentically, as well as the freedom you'll experience when you do.  Additionally, think of some other women who, for whatever reason, you are hesitant to compliment.  Make a point to commend them for their unique value and worth to you this week.  Read the resolution out load and sign you name below it.

Authentically Me
I will accept and celebrate my uniqueness, and will esteem and encourage the distinctions I admire in others.


A Note From Myself:
Reading from the book "The Resolution for Women" these past four days, I read up God is the One who created me, just as myself, like no one else.  I will learn to accept and celebrate my uniqueness, because all of it comes from God who made me in His own special way like no other.  I have also learn how to esteem and encourage the distinctions I have come to admire in others of the qualities I myself do not have.  I plan to ask any of my closest friends to explain to me what uniqueness they see in myself, and I plan to do the same for others!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

#2 - Purposefully Feminine

Purposefully Feminine
A resolution to champion biblical feminity



~ Pretty in Print? ~
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ How have you seen feminist ideals affect women in the way they...
- Dress?
- Act?
- Make decisions?

~ What are some of the most noticeable ways you see young women turning away from biblical womanhood?

~ What biblical principles of womanhood strike you as stifling or repressive?  Why do you think you feel that way?

~ As you continue to read, offer your concerns about this issue to the Lord in prayer.  Ask Him to use this time to answer your concerns and reaffirm His priorities for you in this area.


~ It's Good to Be a Girl ~
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ... God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
~ Genesis 1:27, 31

Mark of Importance on Women:1.) Good because they bore His image
2.) Necessary in the achievement of His purposes on earth

Christ Demonstrated His Regard for Women and Their Inherent Value:There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
~ John 4:7

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
~ John 4:10
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”
~ John 4:39

God's Word should cause to take a stand for the biblical role of womanhood in amoral culture, because God says woman are:
~ Good
~ Necessary
~ Important
~ Worthy
~ Trustworthy

It's God's chosen way for women to relate to Him as Creator and Father and to demonstrate, along with women's male counterparts, the unfolding love story of Christ's relationship with the Church:
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.
~ Ephesians 5:22-31

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ Choose one of the many roles you currently play in your life, and record for each one how you are...
- good for it
- necessary to it
- an important component of it
- worthy to be a part of it
- trustworthy to fulfill your role in it

~ In what situations and around which people do you find the biblical value of womanhood most challenged and questioned?

~ How do you raise daughters to be ambitious, educated, and sure of themselves while at the same time help them appreciate the rewards and blessings of submission?  How do you raise boys to view women with similarly high regard?  Discuss with friends some creative approaches.


~ Role Reversal ~
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Examples of Submission:
- The employee, whether male or female, must submit to his or her employer
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
~ Colossians 3:22

- The citizen, whether male or female, must submit to the governmental authority
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
~ 1 Peter 2:13

- The believer, whether male or female, must submit to spiritual authority
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
~ 1 Peter 5:5

- The child, whether male or female, must submit to the parent
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
~ Ephesians 6:1

- And yes, the wife must submit to the leadership of her husband
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
~ Ephesians 5:22-23

The most powerful Man ever to walk the earth demonstrated the important of authority of a God-given leadership principle:
Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
~ Philippians 2:6-8

Review:
In preparation for signing your second resolution, read this statement again: "A woman's strength is best seen not in the demonstration of her power but in her ability to harness it under the authority of God-given leadership."  Consider it carefully and determine what it will look like when fleshed out in your life.  Make this resolution with confidence, knowing that you are choosing to align yourself under His all-wise plans.  Enter with freedom and sign your name to signify your commitment.

Purposefully Feminine
I will champion God's model for womanhood in the face of a postfeminist culture.  I will teach it to my daughters and encourage its support by my sons.



A Note From Myself:
From this chapter I have learned and will continue learning how to be a model for womanhood in the face of a postfeminist culture.  I am thankful I have women from my church I can look up to in how they go about their life in being submissive to their husbands and how they are raising up their children.  Being single I can prepare myself for a future family, learning how to be submissive and humble like Jesus was.  I pray I will change where those can see a difference in me being the biblical woman being a role model for God!


Monday, September 19, 2011

#1 - Surprisingly Satisfied

Surprisingly Satisfied
A resolution to be content

~ Every Bite Counts ~
Friday, September 16, 2011

Carefully consider what the Bible says about contentment:
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
~ 1 Timothy 6:6

If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
~ 1 Timothy 6:8

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
~ Hebrews 13:5

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ What have you been hurrying through?

~ What have you been hurrying to get to?

~ What are some of the good parts of your experience that you've missed in your attempt to rush through the more difficult ones?

~ What can you do differently today to "scrape the plate" - to gather up all the good things around you and begin enjoying the journey of your life?
 

~ The Secret ~
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Examples of being dissatisfied:
- If you're single, you should have the security of marriage.
- If you're married, you should have the freedom of singleness.
- If you live in an apartment, you should own a home by now.
- If you own a home, it should be bigger than the one you've got.

Paul's secret: he had resolved to be content...
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:11-13

When you've concluded of what you already have on hand is enough which has been deemed by God as sufficient...
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ A woman of contentment is aware of her needs and what God has already supplied to meet them.  Begin your journey to contentment by making a list.  Label one side "My Needs."  Label the other "God's Provision."  Then match up your needs with the way God is currently meeting them.  Place your life in a handy place for the times you are tempted to lean toward dissatisfaction.

~ What might God be trying to grow in your character or cement in your relationship with Him by keeping you separated from some of the things you want but don't yet have?


~ Overflowing Blessing ~
Sunday, September 18, 2011

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
~ Luke 6:38

"A contented woman, when required to give of her time, her love, her resources ... herself ... is sercure in knowledge that she possesses enough to do it.  And she looks forward to experiencing the promise of an outlandish return on her investment."

Few Reasons Why One Would Feel Up to Giving:
- My energy level is so low.
- My "love tank" is running so close to empty, I'm sure I'm about to stall.
- It's only Tuesday, buy my patience quota has already been used up fo the week.
- My wallet is even emptier than I remember, and my financial needs aren't goinng away.

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ When you consider your level of willingness to give of yourself, does it reveal more contentment or discontentment residing in your heart?  In what way?

~ Based on God's provisions that you listed at the end fo the last chapter, what is one thing you could close this book and go do for someone else out of the resource?

~ Record your thoughts regarding this statement: "Sometimes the best, most empowering word you can learn to utter is no."


~ The Balancing Point ~
Monday, September 19, 2011

Staying Surpisingly Satified:
- Businessperson = gets to relish today's accomplishments while at the same time having high expectations for tomorrow

- Homemakre = learns to thrive on the joyful chaos of today's tasks while calmly, patienty looking forward to the slower pace her future may hold

- Single woman = is actually able to enjoy her independence - not just preted she does - and yet be equally excited about what sharing life with a future mate may be like.

Review:
Go back and reread your answers and comments from the questions in this section.  Then read the resolution you are about to make.  Pray about it.  Sit with it a while.  Rest in it.  Even if you're exhausted from life's challanges and demands, make this a moment to breathe deep and savor what God is inviting you into, what He's asking you to give and what He's promising to supply you in order to do it.  When you're ready, make this resolution out loud, maybe even in the presence of someone who can help hold you accountable to it.  Then sign your name below it.

Surprisingly Satisfied
I do solemnly resolve to embrace my current season of life and will maximize my time in it.  I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of contentment.


A Note From Myself:
After picking up the book "The Resolution for Women" by Priscilla Shirer, I begin to learn about the first out of thirteen resolutions is to be content.  I need to be content with what God has already provided me with, and not myself being greedy in wanting more than what God wants me to have.  I need to be patient in waiting for anything else God wants for my life and be content with what I have now.  I need to enjoy and embrace what I have now, and resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any part of my life. One of my big things I am looking foward to is to be one day having a family of my own!