We are all familiar with fear on some level. Sometimes it presents as a low-level angst that we are not able to shake off. We fear conflict, violence, natural disaster, disease, death, unemployment, and change. According to the dictionary, fear is an unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, real or imagined.
If we are keeping it real, fear has been a constant companion of mine for many years. I am talking about the kind of fear that overwhelms and paralyzes. Have you experienced this type of fear? more “Fear”
Happy New Year!
Thank you for rolling with me in 2017. Today marks the beginning of another New Year and an opportunity for a fresh start.
My prayer for us in 2018 is that we will draw closer to Jesus and experience deeper intimacy with Him.
I pray that we will receive the perfect knowledge of God’s pleasure over our lives, making us reservoirs of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding.
I pray that we will walk in the ways of true righteousness, pleasing God in every good thing we do.
I pray that we will become fruit-bearing branches, yielding to God’s life, and maturing in the rich experience of knowing God in his fullness!
I pray that we will be energized with all of God’s explosive power from the realm of his magnificent glory, and be filled with great hope.
I pray that our hearts can soar with joyful gratitude when we think of how God made us worthy to receive the glorious inheritance freely given to us by living in the light. (Colossians 1:9-12, TPT)
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Back in October, while out walking, I saw in my mind a picture of a cluster of African oil palm fruits. As I processed this image, I realized that the image matched my word for 2017, “Abundance”.
West Africa is famous for palm oil. The oil palm tree bears clusters of fruits in abundance like giant grapes. The fruit which comprises of an outer fibrous part is rich in deep, vibrant yellow, orange, and red colors. Inside the fruit is a hard shell covering a white nut, called palm kernel that is similar to coconut.
Every part of the oil palm fruit is useful. The outer part is crushed like olives to release red palm oil, which is used in cooking and making margarine, creamer, chocolate, and ice cream. The palm kernel is also crushed to release its oil, which is used in making soaps, beauty products, and detergents. After processing, fibers from the palm fruit and kernel are used in paper products, animal feed, and fertilizer.
For the abundance stored up in the oil palm fruit to be released, it must undergo several processing steps that involve crushing. In case you are wondering what the oil palm fruit has to do with “Abundance”, we too must undergo processing for the abundance of God to be fully released into our lives. more “Abundance”