Weekend Word is a regular rhythm on the Fieldstone Counseling social media accounts. Each Friday, we share an abbreviated post from one of our counselors, centered around a passage of scripture and offering brief reflective thoughts. These posts will now be added to our Resources page here on the website for additional reading preferences. We hope they might become a refreshing shift for you as you enter into the weekend!
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."
Many of us have the desire to see change happen, no matter what time of the year it is. The list goes on, whether it is a personal tendency or trait, a relationship dynamic, or an unhelpful habit. You may find yourself energized about a new season that could usher in change, or you may feel overwhelmed by the pressure to constantly evaluate yourself to set goals that seem difficult to achieve. We are three weeks into the new year, and I wonder how well we are all doing on our New Year’s resolutions. While it can be good to set resolutions to evaluate where we are heading, it might be helpful to consider how true change takes place.
Our goals, sheer determination, and a new page on the calendar will not bring about true change. What we need is a transformation and renewal of our hearts. Romans 15:4 is a wonderful place to start. Scripture was given to us for our instruction to help our endurance and provide us with hope. This weekend, as you reflect on the various goals, desires, or hopes you have for this new year, prayerfully consider the following.
- How can we keep Scripture in the forefront of our minds?
- Where do you see God working in your life? Changing you? Smoothing out the rough edges? Stilling troubled waters? Bringing clarity to darkness?
- Take a few moments to ask the Lord to further guide the particular ways you are seeking change.
Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling.
Melissa Affolter has served in various aspects of counseling and discipleship ministries for nearly twenty years in the local church.
Sarah sees it as a privilege to come alongside those impacted by the brokenness and troubles of this life.