[Continuing to come clean with my goals for the new year]
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. - Ezekiel 36:26The last few weeks of 2013 revealed something in me that I didn't really like seeing: a jealous, hard heart. Feeling discouraged and prideful. Seeking pity. Coveting what I don't have. Acting out of bitterness.
Can you pray with me that the Lord breaks me of this and softens me? I long for a joyful heart. Joyful in all situations.
When I clean the kitchen for the 100th time.
When I feel I have to nag.
When I can't have something.
When I feel offended.
When I feel under-appreciated.
In all things, Lord, help me respond with joy and grace.
Oh grace... I also feel like that's missing for me. Grace toward others and grace toward myself.
I'll be praying into that area as well.
I'd love to know: what are areas that you're praying into this year? How can I pray with you?