Thursday, December 27, 2012

A New Year for Adventure


“Each day is an exciting adventure with God. You never know how God is going to show up, move or orchestrate things for your good.” (Unknown)

What defines an adventure? As children, most of us dream big dreams for our lives; we want to really be someone who makes a difference. As we mature into our teen years, we have big ideas to go on an exciting journey, have a successful career, a perfect marriage and family. But sometimes life doesn’t work out like we planned, and it’s all too easy to lose sight of our big dreams and instead settle for a predictable, ordinary life. Many of us go through the motions of everyday life barely feeling, inspiring, growing, or daring as we should. But God created us for adventure! He encourages us to move ahead, take action, and follow through.

“For I know the plans I have for you,”  declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Life changes day by day and we enter into the unknown, and whether things are going good or bad, God made us to long for adventure and He will see us through to a glorious conclusion. We could choose to see a day as a journey to nowhere, but we do have choices! And every day should be a journey to discover a new meaning in our lives; whether it’s spending time with family or friends, treating ourselves to something special, volunteering to help someone who has a need, or tackling a long overdue project. When we are inspired by some great purpose, step out of our comfort zone and embrace it, we become alive and excited and enjoy ourselves in the process.

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)

God, who knows our future, encourages us to believe that we can do any task that He has planned for us, and He wants us to join Him and see what surprises await us! Rather than drift through life without a purpose, we have to follow our heart’s calling, take action and follow through and be motivated to want more. Just by waking up to being alive, trying something new and breaking our old patterns, we can change our lives into a fulfilling adventure. To be successful in the journey we have to walk in God’s strength, not our own, and when we honor and praise Him through our commitment to obedience the possibilities of ways our days can come more alive and feel like a fascinating adventure is absolutely endless!


Blessings and hugs for an adventurous New Year!!

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25 comments:

  1. Also blessings and hug to you, Denise. I hope you write adventurous blogs in 2013 :-)

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    1. Blessings to you too Jedidja! Happy 2013!

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  2. Hi Denise
    Visiting from Falen's. Yes, we can do all we need to do as we allow our Lord to strengthen us. May our dreams always bring glory to Him!
    Much love and best wishes for the new year.
    Mia

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    1. Hi Mia...thanks for your encouraging words! Blessings for a New Year with dreams and commitment!

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  3. I love the God created us for adventure. I know He did. Yes, many times due to a fallen world and fallen nature, our being is frail, broken and tired. Thank you for the encouraging words Denise. Happy New Year dear one.

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    1. Happy New Year JBR! Wishing you a year of joy my friend, and a promise of hope!

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  4. I love that verse in Jeremiah...It's something I always hold onto...the promise that things will look up...that He's in control and has amazing plans. Hugs to you Denise...have a great Friday out there.....

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    1. Thanks Nikki; God bless you this New Year! :)

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  5. Great post Denise! I've learned that I need to walk in His strength. Without it, I'd have given up with all the challenges in life. My one word for 2012 was 'adventure'. It certainly worked out that way after moving once again. But the Lord has seen me through and for that I'm so grateful. And in this adventure year I got to meet you in person. I enjoyed that time very much and look forward to more opportunities in the future.

    Wishing you an adventurous new year Denise!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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    1. Challenges are tough, but they do keep us motivated! :) Blessings to you Debbie; hope our paths cross again sometime soon...Happy New Year!

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  6. God's already stretching us for 2013. We are taking on the orphan ministry in Mozambique. We are excited about it and praying for God's direction if changes need to made.

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    1. What a wonderful adventure for you Debbie; prayers and God's blessings to you my friend. Happy New Year!

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  7. This was such an uplifting, inspiring post Denise...I have come to expect nothing less from you though! I will seek the adventure that God has pepared for me in each new day now, instead of just waking up and going through the motions day after day.
    You always have so much to teach us, my friend!
    I thank the Lord for your loving heart and joyful spirit, Denise!

    ~God bless~ ((hugs)) Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa; I thank the Lord for bringing you into my life! Blessings and joy to you for a New Year of God inspired adventure!

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  8. Your post has inspired me to wake up to really living alive in 2013, and making special moments out of ordinary days. I hope you have a wonderful and God-blessed 2013.

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    1. Thanks Peggy; wishing you a New Year that is God inspired and blessed, too! :)

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  9. Blessing and hugs to you too Denise! Really enjoy and love reading your blog! May 2013 spell an even greater intimacy and communion with the Spirit! Continue to blog for the glory of God yeah! :D

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    1. Thanks Joy; oh yes, all for His glory! :) Blessings 2013 my friend!

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  10. Sister, your posts are always so full of TRUTH! There are many parts of the journey that I wonder if were truly necessary . . . the pain and suffering parts . . . but in hindsight, I see God's fingerprints, the evidence that it was His plan and that He was with me through it all. I fall upon my knees in awe of Him.

    Praying God's GREATEST blessings into your life this NEW YEAR sister!!! You are such a blessing in my life and to my faith! May the Lord fill you with His joy and peace like never before!
    Love and BIG hugs!
    Cherie

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    1. Thanks sweet friend; you are such a blessing and encouragement to me!

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  11. Thank-you so much for sharing as the Lord impresses. Yes! Each day can be an adventure for Him, not always so much by hwat we are doing but how, for Whom and why!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. So true Janet! Blessings in 2013! :)

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  12. Happy New Year my sweet encourager. Blessings.

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    1. Oh, and the very best to you sweet sister! God's amazing grace and love is something we can look forward to and share together! <3

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  13. Hi Denise,
    What an awesome adventure we may have in our walk with the Lord. I pray you have an awesome and blessed adventure with Him in 2013.
    Ken

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