The ladies at our church have begun a bible study using Sheila Walsh’s “The Shelter of God’s Promises” series, and I have been so blessed to hear what she has to say. My focus this year in my studies is going to be on the promises of God. Knowing what He has promised me will encourage and strengthen me in all my endeavors this year. Sheila mentioned in the study the definitions of “precious,” and it really hit home with me. One of the definitions of “precious” is “of high price or great value; very valuable or costly.” Think about the cost that our Lord paid for the fulfillment of these promises.
I Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” When we can fathom the price that our Heavenly Father has paid for freedom, we may put into practice the life worthy of His sacrifice. We are precious in His sight, and His precious promises are for His children. His promises are precious, of high price or great value. These promises that are ours are promises that we can live by, be encouraged and strengthened by.
As I go through this study and my own focus this year on the promises of God, I will share with you and hope to encourage you through the Word. God has given us everything we need to live a godly life; we just have to know the Word and our promises to put them into practice to live this life out.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,3
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
II Peter 1:2-4
This is my focus scripture for this year. This year our family is as full of changes as last year. Some people believe when their children get over 18 that their parenting is over. It is not over but it does change. All my boys are grown and making life choices. As my husband and I maneuver through the changes of becoming “empty-nesters”, we still want to be there for our children. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, three great sons, and a beautiful granddaughter. We are now adding daughters-in-law, and I am so excited to welcome them into our loud and rambunctious family.