Best Lesson of 2013


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Looking back on my highlights from 2013 one which stands out for me is learning more fully about the importance of prayer. Since starting to read Too Busy Not To Pray by Bill Hybels I have been challenged to give more priority to prayer and I continually use this book title as my motto because I am literally too busy not to pray.  Life has so many ups and downs, so many questions, changes, and challenges that it has become clear to me that daily moments with God are essential for living life well; without prayer life becomes just a matter of survival. I’ve also discovered that the more time I spend with God the clearer I can hear his voice and his leading. When I neglect daily prayer and the reading of his word I struggle to discern God’s voice, his direction, and his will for my life. This year I’ve come to discover that God’s plans for my life are extremely different to what I have been planning for myself therefore I need to be able to tune into his voice in order to know what is going on. Being able to hear God’s voice clearly through regular prayer makes all of this a lot easier. I’ve also rediscovered the ACTS prayer model – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. This model of prayer has really helped grow my prayer life and refocused my attention to the most important reason of prayer which is adoring and worshiping God. Ultimately I’ve learnt that the more I invest into my relationship with God the more enjoyable my life is. Life is not necessarily easier when I pray regularly, there are still many ups and downs but my response to those constant changes is better because I am aligning myself with God everyday and constantlybeing reminded to look to Jesus as my role model in life. 

 

What is the greatest lesson God has taught you this year? 

2 thoughts on “Best Lesson of 2013”

  1. Great post Rose and thanks for introducing me to the ACTS model, I’ve never heard of it before.

    It takes guts to fully listen to God and where he/she is leading you. Give yourself a big pat on the back for doing so!

    Biggest lesson God has taught me this year is ultimately we aren’t in control of what happens in our lives. That all we can do is have faith (even when we dont want to) and draw on the strength, understanding and peace that only The Lord provides. That we may never know the ‘why’ but we have to move forward regardless.

    Take care and happy new year!

    1. Thanks Emma for your encouragement! I really appreciate it. I pray that you guys would know more and more of God’s continued presence with you this year.. And what an exciting year it will be for you 🙂

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