My Prayer For New Things and New Dreams In 2018

Revelation 21:5 (ESV) And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 

Sometimes it is the hardest thing to stay as clay, soft and supple. Sometimes the cold is so bitter the safest thing to do is to bury wounds deep enough we never have to risk them seeing the light of day, of being exposed.

 

But buried wounds only grow more brittle and cracked with time. Buried wounds never feel the warmth of tender hands leaning in to lovingly caress weary soul-sores.  Nor do they feel the fire of life as blood flows in and covers the most broken and raw aches that have left us limping for so long.

 

Yes, in many ways we’ve grown accustomed to our limp. We barely recognize the unconscious compensation, the halting steps, the fatigue. The wound is ours and along our path it has somehow become our identity.

 

So when the Spirit sweeps into our heart and whispers, behold I am making all things new, we feel certain He doesn’t mean that.

 

Surely there are other areas for Him to mature or meddle, whichever end of the emotional scope we perceive He is peering.

 

Dear one, you can be sure He means that.

 

Don’t run away. This time, this year, be kinder, more intentional with yourself. Don’t busy yourself with other’s growth, other’s healing so that you distract yourself from your own.

 

Healing is where the plow is laid for a harvest of life, of love to grow.

 

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Ann Voskamp describes, New life happens in you when you aren’t afraid of the deaths that happen before resurrections.

 

Don’t allow the enemy to steal your next resurrection. Don’t allow him to keep you wandering in the wasteland.

 

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) encourages us, See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

So as you enter this year, risk a little more. It takes courage to go with God into our soul spaces and allow Him to reveal areas He wants to heal in you.

 

Where is He leading you this year?

 

What are the areas of your life He wants to bring healing, to breathe life?

 

What is the old He is calling you to make new in 2018?

 

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It may get a little messy. That’s okay.  The deepest meaning is cultivated from the messes He has made beautiful.

 

More than anything, keep your eyes on the prize. Can you not perceive it?, the verse asks. Don’t let the enemy lull you into a dim vision of your future, your destiny. Hold onto the freedom God has for you.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) reinforces God’s truth when He says, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

I am excited to walk with you to encourage you along your healing path, to comfort you in your sorrows, and to cheer you in your successes. I am excited to see how God takes a little healing from each of our lives and uses that to bring healing in the lives of those around us.

 

Full circle.  Yes, full circle.

 

If you have a specific prayer, a goal, a place that God wants to breathe into this year, please email me, message me, PM me. It will always be confidential, but I would love to pray with you specifically this year!

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. I love this, “Don’t busy yourself with other’s growth, other’s healing so that you distract yourself from your own.” In a world where you’re bombarded with pictures of “perfect” lives on social media, this is such an important statement. Comparison steals what God is doing right here, right now.

    • lisamurray

      January 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM

      You are so right, Esther! Let’s keep our eyes on the healing that God is wanting to do in our lives so that He can use that healing in the lives of others later. Full circle. Healing always is.

  2. I know I have consumed myself with others, trying to bless and encourage them, I have neglected myself, old wounds do need to feel the warmth of His love. Thank you Lisa for the reminder.

    • lisamurray

      January 12, 2018 at 8:48 AM

      We can all get consumed with our ministry to others, yet God has so much more in store for us. Blessings to you, Rebecca!

  3. We really do grow accustom to those wounds. Thank you for this reminder. I’ve been hanging onto a few. It’s definitely time to fully release them and let God do His incredible work. I absolutely love the 3 questions you offer. I’m writing those down. We should ask those at the beginning of every year. So important!

    • lisamurray

      January 12, 2018 at 8:47 AM

      We do grow accustomed to our wounds. I pray these 3 questions are helpful to you as you enter this new year. Have a great week.

  4. Yes, God knew that resurrection and ascension would follow the horrible death of Christ, but we forget that Truth. I appreciate your prayer for new and alive — it’s so tempting after writing for a few years to fall back into old patterns and re-hash the old stories that played well the first time around. Like you, I want to be sensitive to the Wind of the Spirit, to let Him blow out the musty air and the tired cliches and breathe newness into my words and my deeds.

    • lisamurray

      January 12, 2018 at 8:44 AM

      Thank you, sweet friend. I will be praying with you to blow out the musty air and breathe newness into our words and deeds. Blessings today!

  5. Beautiful words of encouragement here! I think we can all use more letting go and moving on.

  6. Oh, how I can make a habit of being busy with everyone else’s growth and pain. I know God wants me to take a look at “me” this year. It is uncomfortable. Great post! You have me thinking.

    • lisamurray

      January 12, 2018 at 8:41 AM

      Yes, Maree Dee! We can all distract ourselves with serving others on their journey to the point that we ignore our own. God always wants us to look inward, because He is always about the work of sanctifying us through and through. Blessings to you, friend!

  7. Hi Lisa, we are neighbors at Susan Mead’s linkup today. Glad I came over!

  8. I was just talking about this at the breakfast table….”buried wounds only grow more brittle and cracked with time.” This is so true and there is so much freedom and healing that comes from bringing those things to the surface. Great post, tweeted to share with our Living Our Priorities community. Stopping by from Grace and Truth Link Up.

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