Sunday, January 3, 2010

Prayers & Promises Week #1

I'm starting the new year with a new way of doing my weekly verses and prayers and I'm going to call it "Prayers & Promises."

Last year I had a different Proverb every week. This year I am going to choose a theme for each month and each week will have a verse related to that theme. I plan to post the verse on my sidebar of my blog as well as my Facebook page each week after I post it and share a little bit about it with my post on Sunday. I need to buy an index card set on a ring to write the verse on each week. I have found mine in the past at Walgreens and have forgotten to look when I was there.

At this point I don't know if it will be a verse that is necessarily new to me that I post. (Some I may already have memorized in the past.) I just want to use verses that really speak to my heart about something God is showing and teaching me. These are going to be verses to focus on for the week. Join me if you'd like! I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts about the verses as well.

I want to continue to list any prayer requests I know of and if you have anything I can join you in prayer about please let me know by email or in a comment. Most of the time I'll probably do the post and schedule it to appear on Sunday so just add it to the comments if you have a request to share.

The theme for January is Thankfulness! I have started a book for review about gratitude so I've been reading all about thankfulness.

The first verse for 2010 is Colossians 2:6, 7--"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."

I felt this was a wonderful verse to use to start off a new year. In these instructions, Paul is encouraging the people to continue on living in Christ. He gives a few ways to do this and one of those things is to be "overflowing with thankfulness."

When people describe you would they consider you to be someone who is "overflowing with thankfulness?" We have the greatest reason of all to be thankful as Christians--we have been given a gift of salvation shown by God's grace. That should fill us with gratitude daily to our Father. We should not just be filled though; thankfulness should being overflowing from us. Imagine a cup that you fill too full and the water flows out onto your table making everything nearby wet too. That's how we need to be with our thankfulness. This week I challenge you to be a person who is "overflowing with thankfulness."

Please remember these requests in prayer this week:
~ Denise and Eddie.

~ Charlotte--has been sick and has a surgery scheduled for Jan. 11

I am linking with Spiritual Sundays today and plan to more this year. Join us!

Have a day of blessings!


Whidbey Woman said...

Happy New Year! I also post on Spiritual Sundays.
I would like to ask for prayer for my husband Ron. He has Colon Cancer and has exhausted all standard treatment. We have an appointment on Jan. 19th to see if he qualifies for cinical trials.
Thank you! I will look forward to your prayers and promises this year! :)

Cindy said...

Wonderful post and ideas. I may have to "borrow" the idea of monthly themes.

Cherie said...

Hello Bethany! I pray that the Lord guides you as you take on your personal challenge of the new year. It is my hope that each posting is inspired by the spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ himself. Have a blessed week and thank you for the heads up with Charlotte.

Pamela said...

I think I will be joining you again this year!!
Thanks Bethany! You are truly an inspiration to me.

Clif said...

Sounds good. Thankfulness is a wonderful theme. We probably all need to be more grateful. We have a great and good God!

Michele Williams said...

God bless you dear friend. We appreciate your friendship and prayers.

Love you

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Thank you so much Bethany for this challenge, I truly desire to be overflowing with thankfulness.
Denise and Edie are already on my prayer list, and i will now add Charlotte, I didn't know she had ben sick as i have not been blogging to much lately. Thank you for sharing.

Charlotte said...

This sounds like an excellent plan. I think I am overflowing with thankfulness. Sometimes when I think of all the blessings I have, it brings me to tears. God has been so good. Thank you for posting the prayer request for me. I am feeling better today. I decided to quite babying myself and act like I'm fine. I think it is working. Thank you for your prayers.

Debbie said...

This sounds like a wonderful plan and I too think thankfulness is a wonderful way to start off the New Year. I will definitely join you in prayer for these special people. God's blessings to you, Debbie

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

This is such a beautiful thing to do. How kind of you to post prayers.
God Bless,

susansspace said...

Beautiful post today, Bethany, & I loved the verse. A great verse as we begin the new year!
Have a week of blessings!