Christmas is over, New Year's Eve is next week and it's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions. As a Sandwich Generation granny nanny dealing with the multigenerational issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, I have to confess, I don't do much in the way of resolutions, primarily because I don't have a lot of extra time. I do have one spiritual growth resolution this year, though, and that is to update and reprint my prayer list of all the special people God has put in my life (including my readers! ). Each day, I try to pray through one – three encouraging and inspirational Bible verses for all of us. Some of the verses I pray through include:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I pray it something like: "Lord, thank You for being our rock and our Redeemer. Please make the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight."
All of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead 1 Peter 3:8-9b,
which I pray: "Father God, please enable us each to be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit. Please help us not to return evil for evil or insult for insult, but give blessings instead."
A few other inspirational and uplifting Bible verses I love to pray through:
- Seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:11
- A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
- Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
Aren't those great things to pray for all of us and especially for elder care givers and grandparents? The best part is that when we pray straight Scripture, right from the awesome Word of God, we KNOW we are praying according to God's will. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." We may not have those requests instantly, but we trust that He will provide them in His perfect timing.
Talk about wonderful words of encouragement! Guess I'd best head off to work on that resolution! How about you? What's your top spiritual growth resolution for 2010?
P.S. Beth Moore has more inspirational and encouraging Bible verses for us to pray through in one of her books, Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds. To find out more about it, click here.
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.