When a New Year’s Resolution is Not Enough

| January 16, 2019
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Happy New Year!

To all those who made New Year’s Resolutions, I hope they are going well. Personally, I decided not to make any resolutions this year because honestly, I needed to do something deeper and more meaningful than to say I was going to lose weight or spend less money. I needed more than a resolution, I needed a reSOULution.

I need some soul food!  Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt like you were operating in survival mode? Welcome to my life last year.

My Spiritual Battlefield

I knew things had to change. My soul felt dry like a parched desert in need of a good rain to bring it back to life. After a year full of emotions that were all over the place due to life’s circumstances, including the death of my momma, I decided to make a New Year’s ReSOULution.

Over the past year my spiritual life had become a hodgepodge of half-read devotionals, unfinished blog posts, unspoken prayers, and stifled growth. I admit there were some days I didn’t even pray or read.  You would think when in a crisis mode I would have prayed more, but I didn’t.

When A New Year's Resolution Isn't Enough #NewYearsResolutionMy soul was drained. I felt like a toothpaste tube that had been rolled and re-squeezed numerous times to get out every last drop. I didn’t even understand how I was surviving until a good friend of mine called to tell me she was praying. It was at that moment I knew how God was sustaining me. People were praying for me. Prayer has always been a huge part of my life, but now I was in a season of drought and others were watering my soul.

Strength When I Am Weak

For the first time in my life I knew, felt and experienced to the full what it was like to have other people praying for me. Don’t get me wrong, I know people have prayed for me in the past, but this was different. People were doing something for me that I couldn’t do for myself. Have you ever been in a similar situation?

Isn’t it funny how no one ever wants to come across as needy? However, there are times we all are in desperate need of help. The world tries to make us view weakness as a bad thing, but If I’ve learned anything, it is when we are weak God shows up in a big way. Instead of fighting my weakness I had to learn to use and accept it, so the power of Christ could work in me.

Paul begged for God to take away the thorn in his flesh three times, but God had a different answer than the one Paul originally wanted: 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NLT) “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I wish I could say I’m like Paul and take pleasure in my weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles, but I don’t. It is hard not to be defensive in our flesh when the world is flinging garbage at us, but Jesus is my best defense. This is where my New Year’s ReSOULution comes into play. This year my heart’s desire is to focus on taking my weaknesses and turning them into strengths that will help and encourage others to do the same. Do you have weaknesses to share so the power of Christ can work through you too?

Resting In God’s Grace

Trust me, I prayed for my thorn to be taken away too, but then I read these words: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” The world teaches us that being weak means you’ll end up covered in footprints from being walked all over, but Paul teaches us that our weakness is the perfect platform for the power of Christ to be demonstrated through us. Being weak is being powerful. Being independent from the world shows our strength and our dependence on Christ. God redeems anyone choosing eternal life. No matter the trials we face, His grace is truly enough!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Alicia January 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

    What a beautiful story of seeing God’s goodness in the midst of a difficult year. What a gift to see God’s strength for you through the prayers of your friends.

  • Reply DORA M KETCHUM January 17, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Beautifully said. It is in the valley that we grow and the mountain top where we can be refreshed. That you were refreshed in that valley life put you in, is up-lifting to hear. Thanks for sharing your painful, beautiful experience.

    • Reply Sheila Rhodes January 23, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Hi Dora Mae!
      Thank You for your encouraging words. We never appreciate the mountain top until we know what it is like to be in a valley for sure! At the moment, I am appreciating the view!

  • Reply Anita Ojeda January 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions–those are silly and never last. I do brainstorm solutions to problems and goals I’d like to accomplish–and then I create a plan of action. I can do this at any time of the year or whenever I feel the need for change–why wait for the new year!

    And yes, I’ve been carried by prayer many times–most notably when my husband had cancer.
    Anita Ojeda recently posted…Discover Intentional Rest and Your True Self

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