New Year, New Territory

“I like that church because it’s familiar,” I thought to myself during prayer this morning. Please  note, I was not asking God in prayer where to go to church. I was spending time in my flesh pondering what is comfortable for me. But this is a new year. 2012. New year, new territory. Will I go to new places? Will I move to new territory? Or will I stay in old places, remain in old relationships, reach back and cling on and fasten myself, or refuse to unfasten myself, from the familiar?

God is calling me to a new place. He has been calling me there for a long while. I have gone for brief visits. I have not yet gone there to stay. He is holding out His hand to me. He wants to lead me forward. New year. New territory. I will not go there alone. God will not only lead me there. He will be with me there. A new day. A new year. My new life in Christ. Will I let go of the familiar and go where God is calling? The choice is mine.

Dear Lord, I want to go to the place where you are calling. I have been afraid. I have held onto the familiar. No matter how much it has hurt, no matter how much you have called me, I have clung on to the old and refused the beautiful life you have for me. You told me recently it will take only one step to get there. A step of faith. I know I will need strength, love, patience, endurance, and so much more.

I was told you will equip me for that which you call me to do. Lord, please equip me. Please help me. You know how much I have held onto the past, and it has hurt like hell. Please forgive me for not coming when you call. Forgive my disobedience. Help me to obey. Help me to walk forward. A new place. New faces. New challenges. So much that is new. But you are not.

You have been there with me all along. In fact, you told me over the past few days you were even there when I was enduring something no human should have to endure. You have always been there, Lord, and you always will be. I won’t have to go to this new place alone. You will lead me there. And you will be with me there. I will never be alone. We will be together. Lord, help me. I want to come when you call. You are calling me now. Lead me, Lord. Take me to this new place.

 I am like a frightened child. I am not just like one. I am one. I am your child. You will keep me safe. You will hide me in the shelter of your love. God? Let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s go. I’m taking your hand, God. We’ll walk hand in hand together. I am safe in your shadow. I am safe in your embrace. I am in your heart forever. You created me. You will not forsake me. Let’s go. Let’s go to the new place. My answer is Yes, God. Yes, let’s go to the new place. New year, new territory. Make me new in you, Lord. I don’t want to bring my old self. I want to be the woman you created me to be. New. In this New Year. In a new place. With a new attitude. Thank you, Lord. Thank you. Thank you. Amen. 

1Ch 4:10  “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
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