12.27.2012

Calendar Consecration (A Special New Year Guest Post by Kim Jackson)

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God’s handwriting is on your calendar. 


Well, not literally. But ponder this: 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”  (Ephesians 2:10). 


If it’s true God has plans for me,  I want to know what they are. Don’t you? 


One way to show God we’re serious about discovering His handwriting on our calendars is to have a calendar consecration. I've been doing this every December for a decade. It's always meaningful and powerful. Why not join me?


Here's how to consecrate your calendar: 


·   Set aside a block of uninterrupted time. 
·   Write Ephesians 2:10 somewhere in your new calendar. (If you use a technology-based calendar, tweak these ideas as needed.)
·  Place your calendar before God. 
· Pray. 

I pray along these lines: 

Dear Jesus: 



I praise You for giving me life. Thank You for the promise in Ephesians 2:10 that says You have good works for me to do. I want to know what those good works are and be faithful to perform them. 

I’m looking at all these pristine squares on my calendar. Soon they'll be covered with scribbled appointments and reminders. I believe You have good works planned for me, so don’t let me miss Your handwriting on my calendar because I've already filled up my days with my plans.

I commit the days You have given me on this planet to Your purposes. I want to live a life that makes You smile. I want to be on Your schedule, fulfilling everything You have in mind for me to do in the minutes and months of my life. 

I ask that You would guard my heart from distractions that would hinder me from doing the good works that you prepared for me to do. Keep me aware and awake to Your Spirit’s promptings. 

Jesus, if I run ahead or behind of Your perfect plan, I claim the promise of Romans 8:28 that even in my missteps, You will work all things together for good. 
Please teach me what it means to“number my days that I may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Jesus, empower me by Your Spirit to live my life with my eyes focused on what matters to You. 

Lord, if You tarry and I am still walking this earth on January 1, 2014, may I be able to look back over the filled-in pages of this calendar and rejoice, knowing that I have lived well for Your glory. 

I love You, 

Kim

I want to give Kim a very special thanks and shout out for allowing me to share her writing here today! My prayer is that you will be as blessed as I was when I read her Calendar Consecration Post. She has been officially inducted as an Honorary Member into the Inspiring Women Series based on this wonderful New Year Post which will help us all start and end our 2013 well. 


  
Kim Jackson is a writer, speaker and advocate for homeless elderly in Romania. Her Wow Dee Wow blog, from which this post is used with permission, is a weekly Brag on God Blog. Follow links within her blog to learn more about her work, Elder Orphan Care, and her speaking ministry,Kimmunicator.










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10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Dawn, for sharing my post Calendar Consecration with your readers! I pray, along with you, that they will joyfully discover more and more of the good works that God has prepared for them to do! (Ephesians 2:10) God bless you BIG!

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  2. Can't wait to focus on planning my year instead of reacting to it. This planner consecration is just what I need to start with.

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  3. Love, love, LOVE this idea! I'm getting my new calendars out tomorrow!

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  4. What a great idea....so inspired me as I look forward to 2013. I want God to just wow and amaze me in the plans He has for me.

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  5. I not only love this post and the ideas shared - but I love the comments too!

    Thank you so much Kim for sharing this at Beneath the Surface and thank you Dawn for sharing this at Friendship Friday!

    I will definitely be incorporating these ideas as I sit down with my new planner this weekend!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  6. What a wonderfully simple yet profound act- to consecrate a calendar. I will be doing and sharing this; mil gracias.

    BB2U

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  7. How beautiful. I love the idea of purposefully placing my calendar before God. Thank you for sharing. The verse is in my calendar. I'll set time aside later. Thank you.

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  8. What a beautiful post and a reminder for us to circle our plans in prayer and give them to God.

    Thanks Dawn for introducing us to this wonderful lady!

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  9. What a beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. I'll be pondering this.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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