Happy New Year! Hope you gals and guys had a wonderful Christmas Season. It’s been over a week since I have taken time to write. While away, my intention was to spend treasured time with family and for so much needed introspection. Both of which were accomplished. The latter went in a direction, I did not expect. More on that later.
Waking early one morning, I unearthed the digital copy of my 2014 goals eager to see what I had accomplished. To my dismay, many of these lofty goals had gone undone. I had plans but failed to complete what I set out to do. I felt a sense of defeat and found myself throwing a mini-pity party where I was the chief celebrant rousing the popular chorus of “Woe is Me.”. In the midst of the ugly face and my pouted lips, God decided to rain on my parade. Instead of spending any more time wallowing in the what could have been, I decided to take time to pray. I read some of God’s promises and sought Him with my concerns. What would HE have me to do in 2015? It is obvious that the plans that I had for myself, although good, lacked direction. I did not want to enter 2015 with the same mindset that I had in 2014. Something had to change. I obviously needed help.
I will not describe myself as a planner, but when faced with new opportunities like that of a new year, ideas start swirling in my mind. What great things can I accomplish? How can I make myself better? What can I add to my life? Well honestly, none of these questions were answered. In the shower one morning, I extended my hands and said, “God, I will do whatever you want me to do. What do you want me to do in 2015? His answer came in a whisper but with great authority. It was a simple response – One that had nothing to do with me. One that had nothing to do with my previous goals. It was one that required much sacrifice. More of Him, Less of me. His response – “Ask For The Nations”
Huh?….What did that even mean? “Ask For The Nations!” What type of goal is this?
Before I knew it, I began humming this worship song by Hillsong. It started to become clear. God wanted me to pray for the nations. Not a one time general prayer but a daily commitment to call each nation by name as I laid their needs before Him. Fear started to set in. I became a bit overwhelmed wanting to trade this request for something a bit simpler…easily doable…one that required little labor yet great reward. I wrestled in my heart about this. Do I even know what it looks like to pray for 195 nations many of which I had no clue even existed.
Then this One Word came to me as my heart shook:
Commitment has always been hard for me and God knows it. One of my weaknesses is follow through, I start projects that I am completely amped about but midway through find myself facing great discouragement and wanting to quit. What if I faltered with this? What if I failed? This year. His call for me was one of direct obedience. His command was to commit myself to HIM and commit all plans to HIM. He had to remind me that I was not alone. That HE was there every step of the way and would send a group of people with a similar heart for the nations. HE would do the impossible.
In the shower that morning, it was if I had a revelation:
Though He may give a vision to one person, HIS expectation is that HIS vision be accomplished by many. It was not His intent for me to pray on my own but rally a group of men and women from across the globe to join me. On December 30th in the shower that morning, a movement began with one act of faith: A desire to commit this moment–this yes–this year to the Lord. Will you join me?
This year, I join my faith with many of my friends, old and new, near and far, both physically and virtually to ASK FOR THE NATIONS. If this compels you and you want to be a part of what God is doing with this movement and among the nations, I ask you to join me by simply commenting “I’m in” then going here for further instructions and updates. Throughout the year as you pause to pray, share it with your tribe and your people by using hasthag #AskForTheNations.
Let’s set the world ablaze for God’s glory. All He desires from us is a YES!
This year, my heart is open, my Trendy Day Designer is open and my hands are open asking GOD that He lead as I follow. I will give Him my best yes. *Cue Adventure Music*
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