I looked it up at merriam-webster.com, and found that it is a verb. The first definition is:
1. to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc.
I think that this applies to my three areas like this…
Spiritually, to make ready for some purpose. I have mentioned we are preparing to take the new members class at the church we have been attending, and are ready to get involved in some of the ministries whole-heartedly. It has taken us almost two years to find a church where we felt the Spirit keeping us in the pews week after week. I believe God brought us to this church for a purpose, and that He is going to grow us here this year. My devotional time needs to be more focused and less jumping around the Bible as I feel like it. We are fellowshipping with the members and starting to make some really good friends. I don’t know what my specific purpose will be, but I know that God is going to prepare me to be a servant, and hopefully to grow bolder in my witness this year.
Externally, to make ready for some use. I know that to grow my witness, I need to be outside the house more. I think that God is going to prepare me to be more cognizant of my dress and how I appear to the world. He is already working on my mind about being more feminine, and I am not quite sure what I am hearing Him say about modesty. It is a subject I am studying, and listening for a clear direction on. Overcoming my anxiety about going out alone will be a big step. I am used to tagging along with someone, and am quite shy.
Internally, to make ready for some activity. I know that I am going to prepare for bad weather with a 72 hour emergency kit. This has been on my mind for more than I care to admit too. It is time for me do something with the knowledge I have acquired. I know that I am going to need to get more involved in my health this year, I do not want to take cholesterol medications, so I have to make a dietary change and get some daily exercise. This is a huge stumbling block for me with fibromyalgia. I am usually too tired, or in too much pain, to even consider moving my body in ways I don’t find necessary to perform my daily functions. I do not make the wisest choices about fried foods, as I love the flavor, southern girl that I am. And I very worried that I am teaching my children these same habits. It is a mind game, as my grandmother used to say, “brain tell your butt to get up”. I have to be willing to prepare for a new lifestyle, by getting my mind in order.
Wow. That’s just my take on the first definition. There are more to follow. It is a process, and I have twelve months to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow. I hope you will keep me accountable and pray with me as I prepare for 2014.
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