The Challenge for Twenty-Twelve

Can you find something you are thankful for each day? Can you open yourself to seeing God in your life-not just in the big events-but in the little moments too?

Our lives can get pretty busy with work, family, and friends.  Most people are so caught up in their lives that they miss out on the greater adventure that life can become.  I think God tugs on our lives each year.  He calls us, most of the time very gently, to join him in a grand adventure, which is why every year we make goals to improve our lives.  We yearn for more, maybe even for the life God has for us, but often we give up one week in.  I think that happens because we are trying to reach these goals alone.  So let’s join together in making 2012 a special year.  As an online community let’s place God at the center of our lives.

Here is my challenge.  Live 2012 Spiritually.

Living Spiritually means listening for God and doing what he asks.

On Christmas Eve I realized I hadn’t really given anything good to half of my family.  Fortunately hours before midnight I felt a gentle nudge to challenge my family to keep a daily journal about how they saw God.

For a brief moment I tried to ignore the idea.  Nah, too much work.  But then it hit me, if I didn’t try this idea I’d never know what God could do with this.  So I said yes, drove up to Wal-Mart, fought off the last minute shoppers, picked up six journals, printed out some pictures (that way each journal had a personalized photo for each person), and drove home knowing this gift would be an incredibly hard challenge.

On Christmas Day my family opened up their journals and the idea of challenging everyone to open their eyes to God’s daily activities sprang to life.

This is a challenge my family is taking on together.  Now I want to invite you to join in.  Say yes to God’s gentle nudge.  You will not be alone in this.  Together we will make 2012 a different year, a special year.  Do you want to go on a grand Adventure?  If so, pick up a journal and keep track of how you see God work in your life.

Here is how I am going to do it.

Every day I am going to read the Bible.  God is relational and the best way to get to know Him is to read his word.

Every day I am going to write down what I am thankful for.  I believe keeping track of what I am thankful for will help me stay focused when times get tough.

Every day I am going to look for ways I’ve been blessed and when I see them I will write it down too.  I believe if I am looking for God’s gifts, God will make me a person who is more willing to give and receive blessings.

Every day I am going to recognize God’s presence.  He is in the big moments and the little moments.  It just takes opening my eyes and looking for him.  I will write down what I see in my journal.

Writing all of this down is key.  Go grab a journal, it doesn’t have to cost much or be fancy, and start writing.  It trains us to look for God and see what He is doing.  And at the end of the year we have proof of a life lived with God at the forefront of our every day lives.

Adding these four steps to your already busy life might seem daunting, but when you join in on this adventure you aren’t doing this alone.  Through prayer and scripture we will do this together, and as my nearly three year old little niece Addi once said, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Living Spiritually means saying yes to God.  Keep God at the center of your life in 2012 and join us on this adventure.

Brendan helped his dad create and would like you to like the page.  When you like the page you will join us in our adventure and have a great way to interact with a broad group of people who have committed to living spiritually.  If you are on twitter tweet #livingspiritually2012 to join the conversation about how God is working in their lives.

Happy New Year!


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9 responses to “The Challenge for Twenty-Twelve

  1. Georgie-ann

    This should become a very interesting year, since there’s no such thing as having too much God in our lives!

  2. Georgie-ann

    just thought I’d mention: I’ve decided to try your journaling concept by creating a “new folder” in my e-mail especially devoted to notes on that,…at least it will always be easy to find!,…(God willing the electric stays on!),…and I’m sorting through way too much paper all the time, anyway,…this should be a pleasure!



    • Georgie-ann, that is a great idea. I had forgotten that many people are just as comfortable typing on their computers as writing in a journal. I hope 2012 has been great so far. Keep us posted on how your daily God sightings are going.

  3. Georgie-ann

    I’m trying to figure out if that is because He really IS everywhere,…or because I’ve become accustomed to having Him become an integral part of “my mind’s eye” over time,…or because I have a small fever,…or if I’ve learned a lot of places to not bother putting my attention anymore,…or,…,…?

    Actually, in checking out a relatively “innocent” on-line news heading today, I was taken to page with some startlingly gross depictions on it,…I was kind of like, “What the,…???”,…and almost instantly I heard/felt the Lord prompt/direct me to get right off the page without honing in on anything there,…so, there He was!,…it was great advice — quicker than my own thought processes,…

    It will be interesting to see where we will be with this in a year!

  4. Georgie-ann

    … to a page …

  5. Georgie-ann

    yep,…quick as a wink & clean as a whistle, we were “outta there!”

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