Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hebrews 12

I have prayed and prayed about this upcoming year and what the Lord has in store for the coming months. Last New Year's I had an idea of what would happen in the year of 2012 for me, though I was pleasantly surprised by so much! This year I don't have plane tickets to fly anywhere, commitments to any activities, or much of an idea what 2013 hold for me. I know the Lord has big things in store and I'm excited to see what lies ahead. As I was praying about a scripture passage God wanted me to focus on this year, Hebrews 12:1-17 is what came up. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

A few exciting thing I know will be happening this year are I will be done with Spanish classes forever! PRAISE. CHRIST. (In 12 days to be exact!) I will also be road-tripping to Phoenix to take my sister to dance at the Phoenix Suns basketball game in February, while we are there I am running a 5K with my friends. I will be running a 10K at the end of March and in May I will be running my first half marathon. I can't believe I am actually doing it but I'm excited! And in the fall I will be starting my senior year of college! I am excited for these things to happen but I am more excited to seek the Lord in all of these and see how he uses them to teach me more about himself, his love, compassion, and sovereignty.

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