This is my favorite time of year! I LOVE fall! Everything about it! I love the crisp air, the cool temps, the gorgeous colors, the clear skies, the pumpkins and mums, the harvest parties with bonfires, roasted marshmallows, and steaming mugs of hot cocoa. I love the stunning sunsets and frosty mornings. I love fall.
I was born in the “Giving-Thanks” month, so for me, fall is always a time of reflecting and anticipating what’s ahead. I take stock of the past year and prepare for the next by asking God to confirm what spiritual focus He wants me to have for the coming year. Click here to read some of the practical ways I tackle this.
In 2005 my focus was cultivating “purity of heart” (Matt. 5:8), and believe me I realized how much I needed a purified heart because that year was filled with refining! As I prepared for 2007 God made it clear “trust” was to be my study focus and that this would be the year of taking faith to a deeper level. That certainly held to be true—I faced the threat of cancer three times that year.
This year my focus has been “Knowing God.” I enjoyed slowly re-reading J.I. Packer’s classic, looking up the Scripture references and really soaking up the content. The year has been rich—filled with challenges and blessings—and I’ve been rewarded through intimate connections with Him and gaining a deeper understanding of Him.
This year I’m inviting you to join me in seeking God about what area of spiritual focus He has for you in 2013. We’ve only got a couple of months so it’s not too soon to start asking.
Here’s a few questions you might consider as you seek Him for confirmation:
♥ Is there a passage or book in Scripture that He keeps bringing to mind?
♥ Is there a fruit of the Spirit that you are recognizing you’re in desperate NEED of cultivating?
♥ Is there a topic that keeps surfacing in conversation with others or in your reading that He might be putting before you for study?
♥ Is there a character trait of God that you’re curious or drawn to know more about?
Here’s a few suggestions of topics for study:
♥ The life of Jesus through a parallel study of the gospels
♥ The ministry of the Holy Spirit
♥ Spiritual Adoption
♥ The Atonement
♥ The Gospel
The list of topics is endless really because there is no “bottom” when you start plumbing the depths of Scripture!
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33–36)
I hope you’ll leave a comment and share with me what your focus of study for 2013 will be!
Will you join me?