I’ve known MyOneWord for a while now. I’ve been studying and reading in the Word about this word. To be honest, when God spoke this word to me, I wasn’t thrilled. It scared me. After the last couple of years, my first reaction was “WHAT  NOW?”

I could really use a word like “joy” or “prosperity” or “peace” but NO, I get the word “Prepare”.  Yes, I know “Prepare” could be for blessings as well as hardships but considering the difficulties of the last few years, my thoughts went directly to “Oh no, what is going to happen now? Prepare for what?”

The last few years have been tough. My Dad has battled cancer, gone through radiation twice and a round of chemo, has had disfiguring surgery and faces difficulties due to that. My niece was diagnosed and is currently being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Deaths of several very close family members. Loss of some friendships. My husband’s construction business has all but gone under due to the economy. He started another business. We have undergone transition in pretty much every area of our lives.Things haven’t been great but we have survived it with the strength that comes only from God.

We have just recently received good news – my Daddy’s and my niece’s PET Scans were clear. My husbands new business is beginning to show a profit. We were beginning to see some sunlight and then God says “Laurie, Prepare!” My first reaction was one of fear. I know that God has not given me a spirit of fear so I had to fight that instinct. I did not accept that word for a week or so. I kept saying, “God are you sure that’s my word?” I didn’t like it and I certainly didn’t choose it, but God spoke clearly to me and I couldn’t deny that was MyOneWord.

I began asking God, “prepare for what? Good or bad? Just tell me one way or the other so I can know how to prepare.” But He hasn’t told me either of those. He just said “PREPARE”.

So I began looking for songs about preparing to listen to and I remembered this song. “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary…”

Sanctuary

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary

Pure and holy, tried and true

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living

Sanctuary for You

(repeat)

It is you, Lord

Who came to save

The heart and soul

Of every man

It is you Lord

who knows my weakness

Who gives me strength,

With thine own hand.

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary

Pure and Holy, tried and true

With thanksgiving I’ll be a living

Sanctuary for you

Lead Me on Lord

From temptation

Purify me

From within

Fill my heart with

You holy spirit

Take away all my sin

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary

Pure and holy, tried and true

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living

Sanctuary for You

I truly believe this is how I prepare. I prepare my heart and my spirit. I stay in the Word and I pray without ceasing. I prepare myself by growing closer to my Father. Intimacy with the Father is how I prepare.

I must focus on my relationship with God. I must diligently submit to His purification process. I must allow Holy Spirit to fill me, lead and guide me, empower and enable me to do that which God calls me to.

I don’t know what is coming in the future – blessings or hardships – but what I do know is that if I prepare my heart and spirit in this manner, I will be able to withstand both. God will be with me. Holy Spirit will guide me.

I don’t have to know the future as long as I know the God of the future. I have settled in my heart that I will focus only on my relationship with Father God and through that I will be prepared for whatever comes my way.

So PREPARE I will. I will prepare to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true and with thanksgiving, I will be a living sanctuary for You!

2 Chronicles 27:6,

“So (Laurie) became mighty, because she PREPARED her ways before the LORD her GOD.”

Have you chosen a OneWord for 2013? If so, comment below and tell me what it is and why you have chosen it. I will post as I continue to study and receive revelation about MyOneWord – PREPARE!

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