We are one month down in the year 2018. Previously, we had discussed how to make this year the most intentional and purposeful year ever. You can read about that HERE, HERE, and HERE. Read them in order and they will serve you well.
I hadn’t thought about consecrating my year until my Bible study leader mentioned it earlier this month. Consecration must be the last piece of the pie in our Anti-Resolution Challenge.
There’s something beautiful about January when you can evaluate the past year and navigate what needs to be different in the coming year. She’s been taking us through the dedication of Solomon’s temple and WOW is that powerful! As such, I’ve been meditating on the word consecrate.
To consecrate something means to “make holy,” or “dedicate for a higher purpose.” Oftentimes it is used as a dedication “to a specific purpose or intention. To “consecrate” yourself essentially means to wholly dedicate yourself to something of greatest importan[ce] (Wiki How, don’t judge me.).” It means setting yourself aside for something or Someone greater.
Joshua 3:5 says, “…’Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you (NIV).'” Other versions say that God will do “miracles” among them.
I thought about what that looked like for me in this year:
- If I were to truly consecrate it, I would set my own agenda aside.
- I would say yes when God prompted me and not shrink back in fear of the unknown.
- I would say no when God prompted me and not think I could be Superwoman.
- I would rightly prioritize.
- I would pause what I was doing, look at people in the eye when they talked to me, and make them feel like the most special person in the world at that moment.
- I would not criticize my husband, but trust his leadership under the One who is leading him.
- I would have concentrated times of confession in my day.
- I would have accountability partners – and I’d be honest with them.
- I would take seriously the things that are happening in my country and my community and become a prayer warrior.
- I would speak with grace.
- I would speak with conviction.
- I was listening to Dave Ramsey
I was listening to Dave Ramsey on Focus on the Family (Part 1 and Part 2) and he said something that is so basic, but made such an impression on me: When I start to think of all the money I have as God’s and not my own, giving is easy. “It’s not mine in the first place.”
When I start to think of my life as not my own, but God’s, giving of myself is easy. My life is not mine in the first place.
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In looking at 2 Chronicles 6 and 7, Nehemiah 9 and 10 and Deuteronomy 26 there are three major steps to consecration:
That’s it. Praise for who God is and what God has done. The Israelites never want to forget what God did for them. Remembering is a part of who they are because God knows that they will forget if they don’t recount the stories over and over again.
Let’s not forget.
Let’s recount God’s moving over the last year.
Let’s praise God for who He is and what He has done in our lives in 2017.
Let’s confess our sins as people, families and a country.
Let this year be the year we pause and take inventory. Here are some questions you can ask to get you started:
- What was the hardest situation of 2017?
- What did God teach you through that?
- What was the “easiest” part of 2017?
- What did God teach you through that?
- List times you were disappointed.
- List times you were pleasantly surprised.
- What were the lessons learned in those instances?
- List the attributes of God that were made evident.
- List 10 blessings of 2017.
Sometimes this is difficult because we can’t remember a whole year. If that is you, no worries, we have a monthly review sheet that you can use each month so that the year-end review process isn’t so daunting.
Here’s to a consecrated 2018!