Posted January 7th, 2013 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

Happy New Year Friends! Unplugging for a couple of weeks gave me time to listen more intently to that still small voice and start my journal for 2013. I just love spending extended times alone with God. During this time, the Holy Spirit placed a beautiful word in my heart and mind, along with allowing it to pop off the pages of my Bible at every turn…

ABIDING– living, dwelling closely, settling down, being vitally united to…

In the midst of a full life, even a life full of God…ABIDING.

ABIDING, fully aware of God’s presence throughout my day.

Completely dependent on being connected to, attached to the Source…ABIDING in God’s Word.

ABIDING in complete confidence, no fear, for my life and times are securely in the Savior’s hands.

A fruit of ABIDING, the second word I repetitively heard, is the fruit of being RESILIENT!

RESILIENT means we are able to spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being compressed…being flexible.

2012 held some challenges for me, maybe for you? And I anticipate that 2013 will offer up a few too. So developing¬†RESILIENCY, recovering quickly from difficult conditions, is a good thing. Life’s challenges may cause us to bend, but they will not break us! They will not keep us down, depressed, worried or discouraged!

For me, ABIDING means I plan to continue to stick close to God and trust Him, regardless. Out of that ABIDING, flows RESILIENCY.

God already knows the challenges we will face this year. Let’s stick close to, ABIDE in, the One who holds our peace and provision. Regardless, we choose to be RESILIENT! RESILIENT!

What does it mean to you to ABIDE?

Would RESILIENCY be a pattern of life worthy of adoption in 2013?

Oh Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory abides-dwells! Let your glory abide-dwell with us, over us and around us in 2013. Cover us and overwhelm us with your abiding glory. So close, so close that the scent of your glory, the joy of your glory shines through us all as we ABIDE, causing us to bask in the sunshine of your love. Build RESILIENCY into our lives, bouncing back even stronger and surer after every challenge. Trouble is eminent in this world, but we “take heart”, for you, Lord Jesus, overcame this world.

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain [abide] in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.  John 15:7 amplified version




3 Responses to “ABIDING builds our RESILIENCY”

  1. Rhoda says:

    ABIDE! This has been on my heart as well. Thank you ….you always seem to be able to put into words what I feel.

  2. Elisa says:

    Thank you, my friend. These thoughts blended so perfectly with what the Lord has been showing me. Yes, in abiding we are reminded that we can trust in God’s love, that He is the God of HOPE, that we can face each day knowing He has ordained it and will fulfill HIS purpose for it.. as we ABIDE. Thank you for this word today.

  3. Cheryl Smith says:

    I couldn’t agree more! (Found your link via Jody Collins, and am so grateful.)

    Would love to have you join the weekly True Vine Challenge, all about abiding. Find out more here: http://www.oikosliving.com/the-true-vine-challenge/

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