Hello ladies and gents!!!
So, I know you are wondering “What is this Relentless Pursuit thing,” right?
What if I told you there is 1 goal that surpasses any goal, New Year resolution or habit? And if you focus on this goal with due diligence, it could be the anchor that you use to bring any other goal to pass? I mean, if you work this thing it can make your life unrecognizable. And the best part is you don’t have to wait for a new year to start. You can start NOW.
So, what is this goal that I speak of?
This habit, goal, resolution, whatever you want to call it, is a deeper relationship with God.
My #1 goal for 2017 is to start my journey for “Relentless pursuit of God.” That’s right… journey. This kind of goal doesn’t have an end date. It’s ongoing.This is the year that I’m not letting up on my relationship with God.
Yes, I’m in the process of recommitting myself to blogging and social media. And yeah, I also have a few other projects in the back of my mind. But, I realize that these goals mean nothing without allowing God to lead, guide, and direct me.
I was watching an episode of “Believer’s Voice of Victory” with Kenneth Copeland and he kept talking about getting to the “root” of a problem or situation. I’m human like everyone else and sometimes dang it…you just get tired of going in circles with thinking you’ve picked the right path only to discover it was wrong. I gotta start doing things differently.
This is the root. I feel like the difference is in devoting more time to God. With God, there’s always deeper. There’s no such thing as “having arrived.” Sometimes life can get so busy that we forget about Him. And just like other relationships in our lives, we have to dedicate time, space, and energy to nurture and grow it. I give time, but I feel like I could give so much more. I’m ready to pursue Him with all that I have.
It reminds me of when my husband and I first started dating…ooooo we were so inseparable. We were always together and rarely did anything apart from one another.When we both moved back home from college, being apart was hard. We were both super busy first-year teachers and could only see each other on the weekends….at first. Then we started weekday visits. We were so tired, but it was so worth it. We loved each other and thought the sun, moon, and stars shined from each others butts. Truth be told, it’s 12 years later and we love being together. We still rarely do things apart and when we do it’s not the same. So, I started thinking, what if my relationship with God was like that? What if I put the same care into my relationship with God that I put into my relationship with Rufus?
Relentless Pursuit of God in 2017
1. Pray when I get up in the morning, so I can start my day on the right foot. Can’t forget to be thankful for my past, present, and future in Him. I usually get up and hit the ground running. I have myself and 3 little boys to get ready in the morning.
2. Read from my Joyce Myers devotional , so I can have some Word to feast on throughout the day. If you didn’t read Why I Almost Quit Blogging, read it. It will tell you why I need that Word. The Word is key to my survival for the rest of the school year.
3. Read 2 parts from the “God is my Source” booklet by George Pearson’s and Gloria Copeland. Shoot, I sometimes look at my paycheck and all of my hard work and forget that God is my Source. This book really helps really me to stay out of fear territory every 2 weeks on payday.
4.Read a chapter from my Bible. Right now I’m following verses from a “Believers Voice of Victory” series with Gloria Copeland and George Pearson.
5. Read a few pages from Joel Osteen “It”s Your Time” 3 times a week. I will start sharing tidbits from the book soon. This book is so good. When I finish, I will move on to a new book ( I already have a few in mind).
6.Watch a sermon by either Bill Winston, Kenneth Copeland, George Pearson or T.D. Jakes instead of my fitness videos ( My girls Heidi Somers, Jelisa Scotton- my trainer, and Jen Heward) .
7.Resume my regular attending church. When I started my Masters program, Sundays became homework days. Then, my husband started his and Sundays became his homework days. We lost our church routine and so we are working hard to reestablish it.
People, I’m talking about total immersion. Most of the time I still feel like a baby Christian and I’m ready grow up and be all God has called me to be. I want to be so full of Him that there’s no room for me and my worldly ways (it does creep in sometimes. My response to being threatened was not pretty to say the least. I totally forgot I was child of God…I’m not going to lie) Again, read Why I Almost Quit Blogging if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
So, I came up with a realistic plan and I’m working it. I keep everything written in my planner and I check it off as it is accomplished. I’m using my time more wisely to make sure it gets done. Sometimes, it’s while I’m cooking or during my kids’ bath time (unless I’m exercising) or If I have some time while my kids are doing homework. I’m already seeing and feeling changes and I’m excited about it. This will not be a goal that goes down the toilet after a few weeks. I’ve already completed my first two weeks and I still have a lifetime to go. My expectations are high, I’m living in the moment, and enjoying the nourishment to my spirit.
Will you join me and Relentlessly Pursue God, so that your life becomes unrecognizable?
Peace and Blessings,