Serve and surrender.
This year I want to serve God with all my heart and surrender my will to the will of the Father.
“As each has a received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
A constant prayer on my heart is to serve God to the best of my ability. To give Him the glory and praise that He deserves and share his love and word with others. I pray that whatever He wants me to do, that He give me the graces to do so. Not only does my heart yearn to serve our Lord, but to serve others as well – to serve my husband, my family, friends and my work. I want to strive to be a better wife daily, a better daughter, a better friend and a better employee. I want to give my whole heart to others and place my whole heart into my work. And I hope that even through the mundane tasks of my daily life that I can serve and glorify God through them as well. I pray that as I strive to serve God more this year, I will receive the graces from Him to serve all those in my life and serve Him in all that I do.
“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
One of my favorite Bible verses. The epitome of surrendering your life to Christ and following Him. Many times I find myself holding onto my own will, my own wants. I come up with a plan and if it changes it completely throws me off. This year I want to focus on “not my will, but your will be done.” (Luke 22:44) I want to strive to fully surrender my life to God and His plan for me. I want to work on letting go of control and allowing God to be in control of all things in my life. I pray that I’ll be able to simply follow and allow myself to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
So, those are my hopes for this new year. I pray that God will fill me with the graces to be able to live my life entirely according to His will and serve Him, and my loved ones, in all things. What are your hopes and prayers for this new year?