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The Blessing of His Power

Recently I came to hear of an interesting idea called “My One Word”
It is based on a book titled “My One Word” written by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen
The idea is that, in the New Year instead of making resolutions, we should pick just one word to focus on for the year.
This word would be something that you hope God would do in you during the year.  The thought is that by doing so, this one word focus could perhaps change your life.

I have not read the book—yet—but I may do so.  However, I did pick my word for this year, only because I had felt prompted to do so
even before hearing about this one word idea.  My one word was in my mind even before the New Year began and it was based on
something I had written back in 2009 that I hoped someday I would use as a foundation for a new devotional series on my ministry website.

Well, this seemed to be the year I was to do that, because the feeling was still strong after I prayed long and hard about it. 
Therefore, on January 2nd I began my new devotional series titled “P-O-W-E-R” which focuses on believers living  in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I also felt led to begin a new scripture memorization titled
“His Power”–which focuses on memorizing “power” scriptures from the bible.

Both of these decisions I feel are something God wants to do through me, as neither are easy tasks, and not something I feel could be done without His help.
So, it is my hope that as I do what He seems to want done, that I too will come to know more about His Power and how I might live in it daily.

Therefore, when I heard about the “My One Word” idea, it was not difficult for me to choose my one word for this year–it is indeed “Power”
It is my hope this year “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,  Philippians 3:10 NKJV” 
For I, as a believer, have been blessed to receive His Power–the Holy Spirit–within me.  Therefore, I want to know more how to use that Power in my daily life.
I want to know more how to walk in the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit, and just live my life daily in the Spirit’s power and then to also share what I learn with others. 

Such a blessing should be recognized and put to use daily–don’t you agree? 
Perhaps all we believers should choose the word “Power” to focus on this New Year!
Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what happened if we all did!

“P-O-W-E-R” Daily Devotional  http://www.smilegodlovesyou.org/DD/

“His Power” Weekly Scripture Memorization Group  http://www.smilegodlovesyou.org/mindfulgroup.html

“My One Word”  http://myoneword.org/

Blessing in Disguise

Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 2 Cor 1:6 (NLT)

I was reminded of this verse today after dealing with a splinter in my toe.  I was in the shower and all of a sudden I felt something sharp in my big toe.  Weird!  Upon looking I see a splinter.  Where in the world did that come from I think!  I am in the shower for goodness sake, what is in here that would give me a splinter!

No matter, it got in somehow and now it needed to come out.  This caused a household search for the tweezers which I finally found in my tool box!  After, doing minor surgery on my toe with a needle, tweezers and of course rubbing alcohol, the splinter was gone. 

It was then that I remembered the conversation I had yesterday with my grand-son.  I had picked him up because he wanted to come spend the weekend with me.  During the drive to my house he told me he had helped his dad do some work on an old barn door and somehow his hand had gotten filled with splinters.  I told him when we got home I would look at it and perhaps I would be able to remove the splinters for him if they weren’t in too deep.  However, one thing led to another and by the time we got home after running a few errands, both of us had forgotten all about the splinters….at least I had and he never reminded me. 

Now,however, since I had gotten a splinter, it caused me to remember his splinters and with a little work I was able to successfully remove all of his too.  He was happy to have them out and I was happy to be able to help him.    I guess you could say my splinter was a blessing in disguise, because it prepared me to help him. 

The whole incident could be related to what Paul is saying in 2 Cor. 1:6.  If we look at it that way, we will be able to give thanks in everything as Paul says in 1Thess.5:18  because whatever we might have to go through or deal could prepare us to help someone else with whatever they are going through.  It is much easier to be compassionate and helpful if you have experienced the same trials as another. 

Thank you God, that You always work everything together for good in our lives.  I give You thanks for Your many blessings, even those that are sometimes disguised as trials and tribulations.  Help me to remember to give thanks in everything, for the trial I endure today may just prepare me for offering the comfort needed for someone tomorrow.