Anyone ready for a brand-spanking new year? Hands up all over the room! Both of my arms are up and waving in a clean and clear new year. 2023…I have no resolutions. I have no grand plans. What I do have? A Godly Hope that we will live a year of kindness, kingdom, and a blessing that I am a kept woman!
Shall I expound!
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right and His ears are open to their prayers. 1 Peter 3.12
Who doesn’t want God’s eyes watching over them and His ears paying attention to their prayers? I raise my hand enthusiastically.
Therefore, you might ask, “Susan, aren’t you kind?” Yes, I am but sometimes when truth is spoken, in love and concern, the recipient receives it as unkind. I would never be intentionally unkind. Please know that.
Having said the above, at times I can be snarky and say something unnecessary and unkind. In fact it has already happened two days into a new year! My dear friend Kathy posted on Facebook about a breakfast she was enjoying and I made the comment, “Gag!” Plain and simple, unnecessary and unkind. She immediately commented, “Be kind!” I humbly apologized and asked her to hold me accountable! Hopefully, a lesson learned.
We greeted the New Year with friends, complete with a sleepover. As we enjoyed New Year’s Day brunch the conversation got really deep and profound. I do love when this happens. We talked a lot about churches, NOT the Ekklesia.
Ekklesia is a Greek word defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.” Ekklesia is commonly translated as “church” in the New Testament. For example, Acts 11:26 says that “Barnabas and Saul met with the church [ekklesia]” in Antioch. And in 1 Corinthians 15:9 Paul says that he had persecuted the church [ekklesia] of God.” The “called-out assembly,” then, is a congregation of believers whom God has called out of the world and “into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). The Greek ekklesia is the basis for our English words ecclesiastical (“pertaining to the church”) and ecclesiology (“the study of doctrine concerning the church”). (from Got Questions dot com)
Seriously, who hasn’t been disappointed and discouraged by a church experience? I know I have. But, Sunday morning when all was said – it occurred to me that when Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6 – He prayed…
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6.10
Kingdom. Kingdom. Kingdom. May I live in 2023 with a Kingdom mindset. My opinion means nothing – The Word means everything. I hope to, and intend to, study this entire Kingdom principle further this year.
I remember when I was writing one of my blogs or books (I can’t recall which) I said, “I am a kept woman!” I am and I’m grateful!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1.3-5
Do I have a witness!!!
God has birthed us to Living Hope and KEEPS us by His power through our faith and belief for His complete salvation. Oh yes! I must say, AMEN!”
Are you being kept?
My “oneword2023″ is Kindness. The theme” is Kingdom. 2023’s status is Kept. Let’s hear it for the K’s!
Do you practice the oneword principle in a new year? If so, PLEASE let me know in the comments what it is and perhaps the reason.
Kindness & Hope,
P.S. Let me do a quick oneword review. I should add, in 2002, the Spirit of God dropped a huge word in me during a very difficult time in our family’s history. And, that word was HOPE – it has been the apex of my life since then. He is a God of Hope and He overflows Hope in me every second of every day!
I never choose a oneword – God, by way of His Holy Spirit, drops in on me usually in October and clearly indicates the word for the coming year! How about you?
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