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Words to Live By ~ 2011

January 18, 2011 by Trina 4 Comments

About two weeks ago I mentioned that our pastor picked out a scripture he wanted to live by for 2011 which was Act 10:2

2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

This year it is my mission to be more mindful of my time, have more willingness to allow God to mold me {which is already starting to happen, maybe I’ll explain more about that soon…} and to fully seek God’s will.

I’ve been looking for a verse {or verses} that I wanted to live 2011 by and I found it. As soon as I read it, I knew it was it.

Ephesians 5:15-17 {NIV}

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

{The Message translation is even more detailed, click here to read.}

These verses sum up what I want to accomplish this year: making wiser choices, making the most of what I’m given and really yearning to know and follow, with complete abandon, God’s will for my life. I want that now more than I ever have. So much so, that I am almost bursting at the seams for God to say JUMP! because now I’m ready to jump!

For those of you who know me in person may know that I’m somewhat of a control freak. I like to know what the plan is, what the outcome will be and all the details in between. The unknown scares me so having a plan makes me feel safe.

As secure as that may seem, I’m still not promised tomorrow. I’m really NOT in control and I really can’t be sure of any outcome. Not that having a plan is wrong; it’s actually a wise thing to do. But to plan without being flexible to change them when the Lord speaks is foolish. And that is what I’ve been doing because I was scared to go into the unknown. I have finally surrendered totally and fully to God’s will, whatever that might be for right now and in the future. His plans are much grander than mine, and His ways are much higher. How can I even begin to think I know best?

What is your mission for 2011? What words do you want to live by?



  1. Loved this post Trina! I’m right there with you! Love you!!

  2. Great post!!! I need to live this way too this year. :)

  3. GREAT GREAT GREAT post!!! :)

  4. WOW!!! you really got me thinking… i will get back with you on that… not so sure now. Uhm!
    Thank you…. love your post.