2021 • Make Room
Day 1 Make Room for God, the Father
Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken,
for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. Psalms 16:8 TPT
Have you ever packed a suitcase so full you had to sit on top to zip it closed, but then you realized you forgot a necessary item? That feeling of “I hope I can make this fit” or “what do I need to remove to make this one item fit?” becomes a choice you have to make. An assessment is made of what are the most important things you need for that trip. What can you not live without?
We can try to “squeeze” God into our lives or we can empty our lives out and give Him complete access to every space. Making room for God ensures confidence and His presence around us at all times instead of us being anxious and surrounded by things that can suffocate and smother us. When you make room for The Father, He expands your capacity, making plenty of space for everything you need. You don’t have to walk through a day feeling like you are lacking or missing something. He is all you need.
Thank you for your goodness and mercy. I am making room for you. Help me unpack cluttered thoughts, schedules, relationships or desires that take up space and keep you out of my day. I seek you first, above all. I want to experience your presence in my life. I want you to be first in my life. Thank you for coming into my heart to stay.
In Jesus’ Name,
Day 2 Make Room for Jesus, the Son
The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 CEV
Every morning we wake up with choices to make: places to go, people to see, things to do, food to eat. The list is endless. We have the privilege of deciding how we spend our time and energy. However, the enemy has this way of deceiving us into believing that busyness makes us prosperous, purposeful, productive, and prominent. He creates this façade that our work is so valuable and vital that there is no time for anything or anyone else. In this story, Martha had a good heart and was doing good things, but good wasn’t the best. Jesus taught the lesson, in the middle of all the tasks and to-do lists, that there is just one thing that is necessary and matters above all – spending time with Him. When we overlook moments with Jesus, we can miss out on the best part of our day. We can easily be distracted by little things that cause a big void in our lives. Make room for Jesus. He loves you and wants you to spend essential time with him.
Thank you for your son, Jesus, who came to this earth and died for me so I could have eternal life. I choose to make room for Him in my life today. Help me to not be distracted by what may seem to be good things and miss out on what is best. I commit to read the Bible and pray so I can learn and spend time with Jesus. Turn my pause into more passion for you. Thank you for opening my eyes to see that I can take time out of my day and routine to develop a relationship with your son.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 3 Make Room for the Holy Spirit
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative - that is the Holy Spirit -
he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
John 14:26 NLT
Before Jesus was captured and crucified, he introduced his disciples to a Friend, a Comforter, an Advocate that will enter their lives after he returns back to his Father in Heaven. Jesus wanted to make sure his disciples knew that they would not be alone in their faith journey. The instructions and wisdom he shared with them will not be forgotten because of this Helper. The Holy Spirit is a gift, and a gift must be received.
The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us about the attributes, the principles, the character, and the promises of God. He speaks to us in many ways and helps guide and direct us every minute of the day, if we give him room. There is a reason why we ask, “What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?” He represents and amplifies the views of God and wants to reveal them to you in a very personal way. He is God’s voice to you. Are you making room to listen and obey?
Thank you for your presence in my life. I receive your gift of the Holy Spirit. He is my helper, my teacher, and my comforter. When I forget to make room for you, I am grateful that he reminds me of who you are and who I am in you. I will listen to him because he represents you. I recognize that I need Him more than ever and that He is working on my behalf.
In Jesus’ Name,
Day 4 Make Room for Sabbath
Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. Exodus 20:8-9 CEV
Basically, the fourth commandment is saying, “Take the day off.” God is so serious about your rest that he places it in the Ten Commandments. Mental exhaustion, physical fatigue, sleep deprivation, stress-related health problems. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Not at all! These difficulties can actually be the result of not remembering the Sabbath. This day was established by God for mankind to refresh, rejuvenate, and be renewed in his or her mind, body, and spirit.
Out of your seven day week, do you intentionally take one day to pause from your work, rest, and reflect on the goodness of God and His provision? Commit to unplugging and creating space for God. Make room for the 52 Sabbath Days that God has instructed us to keep this year. You will be healthier mentally, physically and emotionally than ever before. You will have fresh insight, direction, and knowledge for your life and work all because you made room to rest.
Thank you for caring for my well-being. I repent for not trusting you with my life and with my work. Help me to always remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. I want my obedience to prove to you, my family and friends that I follow your Word and depend upon you as my Source. I am so grateful for you being the Lord of my life. Thank you for reviving and replenishing me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Day 5 Make Room to Lead
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. Matthew 24:45-47 NIV
The Lord will return one day for His people. Each of us was given some position of leadership in our home, work, school or relationships where, when the Master returns, we are to be found caring for their lives. We lead by example. We lead with our hard work that provides. We lead by demonstrating a servant’s heart. The responsibility of the souls God charges us with is an honor. We open space in our schedules and our hearts, inviting others in, making wise decisions and setting a vision for life in Christ. And while leadership is hard, we make room to lead so those we love the most will know Christ and His love for eternity.
We thank you that your Son was the ultimate demonstration of leadership. Jesus, you were the perfect example of a life that honors the Father and bears responsibility for the souls of His children. We ask you to strengthen us to be Godly leaders for our family and friends. Lord, we commit to making room by making time for our household, the people you entrusted us with. Our ultimate goal is to be with you in Heaven and to lead as many people as you will entrust to us to eternity with you as well.
In Jesus’ Name,
Day 6 Make Room to Follow
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
The term “follower” in today’s culture, often makes us think of social media. But being a Christ-follower is a far greater commitment. We make room to follow, humbling ourselves and surrendering to God’s ways, even when it doesn’t make sense. The more God fills your heart, the less our human nature takes over. By dying to ourselves daily, we invite God’s intentions, thoughts and actions in. This verse reminds us that as we follow Christ, we get to carry the light of life with us.
We humble ourselves before you, so there is less of us and more of you. Darkness and light cannot exist together. Your Word reminds us that you are the light of the world. As we make room to follow you, we will look to You in all situations to guide our path. Thank You, Lord, for leading us out of darkness!
In Jesus’ Name,
Day 7 Make Room for the Lost
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? Luke 15:4 ESV
In this parable, God shows His heart for the lost. Even in a flock of 100 sheep, if even 1 is lost, that’s 1 too many! 99% isn’t good enough. The Lord wants all His children with him in eternity. Making room for the lost means having a desperate desire for leading people into God’s will for their lives. We make room by extending grace, mercy and forgiveness. There’s always room for 1 more in the family of God!
We are so thankful that you came after us when we were lost. You extended your love, mercy and forgiveness to us. As we make room in our lives for our lost brothers and sisters, Holy Spirit, guide us to those who we can reach. Help us to have the right words and the right heart to bring them back to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 8 Make Room for the Word
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. Romans 15:4 NRSV
Do you ever wish you could just have someone tell you what the right decision is? Or you could get simple directions that would make everything better? Every day we have the opportunity to open God’s living Word for just that! Even though it was written thousands of years ago, The Bible is the living Word that can help us today in our everyday life. We have to make room to open it up, daily, and seek answers so that we might have hope!
Thank you for your Word. Thank you that we can hear from you daily through your Word. We make room every day for your instructions and it gives us hope. Thank you for the hope that only comes from you.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 9 Make Room to Serve
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NIV
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
I cannot help but think of students every time I think of serving. We served for many years as Youth Pastors, as well as District and State Youth Directors and without fail, you would see students’ hearts to serve grow over summer. When you think about it, it was inevitable! Students would come to church camps or conferences with all kinds of issues and baggage. Some came because they wanted to be there, and some came because their parents made them. Either way, they were uprooted from their current surroundings and put into a place where temptations were limited and connection with Jesus was in surplus! The more they grew in their relationship with Jesus, the more they hungered to serve others! You cannot be like Jesus, and not hunger to serve. It is simply an oxymoron! The Word declares that EVEN the Son of Man came to serve and not be served!
You will often hear around New Hope: “Honor Up, Honor Down, Honor All Around.” I love this and it rings true in other areas as well: Serve Up, Serve Down, Serve All Around! Opportunities to serve are not limited to Sunday mornings on the Dream Team. They present themselves from the moment that you wake in the morning. Make room to serve today; take a deep breath and ask the Holy Spirit to begin to show you who, when and where you can make a difference.
Before you go to bed, ask yourself, “Did I do something today that will make someone else’s life better tomorrow?” If so, go to bed! If not, it’s not time for bed yet!
Thank you for the example you have given us in what it means to serve. Show me new opportunities to be more like you and to serve others in my family, in my workplace, and in my community.
In Jesus name,
Day 10 Make Room for Forgiveness
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV
“But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:15 ESV
I’m sure many have heard the phrase, “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.” As graphic as that may seem, the idea rings true. You see, when we live our lives harboring unforgiveness, it also invites bitterness, anger, resentment, and offense. All of these are poisons for our soul! They take up more than their share of space in your heart, mind, and spirit. Getting rid of those, though not an easy task, makes room for joy, peace, love, and grace!
Throughout the Bible, scripture repeatedly refers to forgiveness, and each time, it is in direct correlation to God’s forgiveness extended to us. When we begin to take the step to forgive, we are allowing the fresh fruits of the Holy Spirit to reign in our lives!
Forgiveness is a choice, a daily choice, sometimes even an hourly choice. It begins by declaring the Word over yourself and the situation at hand.
When you forgive, you don’t change the past, you change the future! Make room for forgiveness today and let 2021 be a year of freedom!
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Please show me if I have been harboring bitterness and unforgiveness in my heart and help me to extend forgiveness to those who have caused pain in my life, just as you have done for me. Thank you for equipping me to begin this process of healing and to make room for your joy and peace in my life.
In Jesus name,
Day 11 Make Room for Change
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Change is a funny word; it often seems so dramatic or drastic. It also seems so final, but what if we put it in the context of the world that we are living in? Things are changing all the time and we make adjustments on a regular basis. However, when we talk about “change” in the first person, we tend to freak out and we can easily turn a blind eye to even the idea of something new. But let me remind you: we serve a God that embraces the change, He is a God of new. To really appreciate it, we have to “perceive” it. New can be uncomfortable, but it can take us places that God sees for us and places we would have never imagined. Would you be willing to change if you “perceive” God’s purpose in it?
I speak life in the change, allow me to “perceive” what new things you are aligning in my life and in the lives of those around me. Let me not only see it but also receive it. Your Word says in Isaiah 43:9, “See, I am doing a new thing!” with enthusiasm. Let me be filled with the same enthusiasm You declared over the new things You have prepared for me.
In Jesus Name,
Day 12 Make Room for Patience
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26 NIV
Have you ever been trapped in a drive-thru line before? One car behind you, one in front of you, and curbs on both sides with no way out, just short of driving into oncoming traffic over the curb? Too often that is exactly how we find ourselves feeling on a daily basis. Trapped between the need to, the urgency of, and self-induced stress of always having to be right on time, right on point and right on to the next hustle. Not sure what you thought I was referring to with patience, but it’s simple...There is beauty in the pause of being patient.
We live in a “right now, have it my way” society, that operates with a “microwave” mindset. Have you ever noticed, almost everything, except popcorn, tastes exactly the same when it is cooked in the microwave? But man, a good roast out of the Crock Pot that cooked all day tastes so good...that should get a good amen! What if we pace our lives more like a Crock Pot and less like a microwave?
For most people the idea of “quietly waiting” is challenging, but it reminds me of this thought: we miss the beauty of who Christ is, and all that He has created because we are too busy being busy. We need to find rest in WHO He is and not just WHAT He is doing. We must find the pace that allows for us to do this more, and not be stuck in the proverbial “drive thru” line.
Let me rest in the quiet of who you are, see your beauty in all that you have created, and lean in and listen for your still, small voice. Speak to me in the quiet.
In Jesus Name,
Day 13 Make Room for the New
Yet you say, “The old ways are better, and you refuse to even taste the new that I bring. Luke 5:39 TPT
Clear away the old before the new; that is in order to make room for the latter. Leviticus 26:10
We cling to what is familiar. We get used to it. Do not let the bonds of habits tie you down to the old. New comes from the same loving hands that held your yesterdays. Remember His mercies are new every morning. Welcome the new, treasure the old, and in both look for the purpose that God has in it. In order to make room for the new, God has to challenge the old (old ways of thinking, old hurts, old routines or habits). New looks different and is unexpected. I believe that new is an announcement of promise. The word says,“In the beginning, God created.” He wants to create new memories, new journeys, new adventures in Him. As priorities are re-evaluated, ask yourself,“What is most important to me?” Is it your relationship with God or your family? We are making room for all the new God has for us.
Dear God, thank you for today. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. As I embark on 2021, help me to lean into all that you have for me. Help me to make room for new miracles, transformation and breakthroughs. Renew my mind and my heart. Thank you for your unfailing love.
In Jesus Name,
Day 14 Make Room for Truth
Romans 8:39 (TPT) vs 38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love vs 39 There is no power above us or beneath us - no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!
We make room for Truth when we declutter the lies we’ve allowed to occupy space in our minds.
Truth - Jesus loves you. Before you were formed in your mother’s womb he knew you. Eph 3:19 says his love is deeply intimate and far-reaching. It is enduring and inclusive. His love is endless beyond measurement and transcends our understanding
Truth - God is your protector. In Ps 109:21, it says He will make himself real to you like he promised. He will be your hero and deliver you.
Truth - You don’t have to be afraid. Is 41:10 says don’t fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
Thank you for the truth. Your word says you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Help me to walk in your light exposing anything that is not of you.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 15 Make Room for Generosity
Luke 10:27, 36, 37 (TPT) vs 27 You must love the Lord God with all your heart, all your passion, all your energy, and your every thought. And you must love your neighbor as well as you love yourself.” vs 36 So, now, tell me which one of the three men who saw the wounded man proved to be the true neighbor? vs 37 The religious scholar responded, “The one who demonstrated kindness and mercy.” Jesus said, “You must go and do the same as he.”
Please read Luke 10:25 - 37. This parable is about the Good Samaritan. Generosity is defined as the willingness to be kind and generous, giving or sharing in abundance without hesitation. This parable is about a man who was left half-dead on the side of the road. Two men, seeing that he was in need, did not stop to help. Later a Samaritan came. When he saw him, he bandaged his wounds, put the injured man on his donkey and took him to an inn. He provided a place for him to recover. He gave. He made room for generosity. He was selfless, compassionate, kind and merciful. This year, let’s be intentional with acts of kindness. Ask God to show you how you can be a blessing to others. Give as freely as you have received.
Help me to be generous in love, in caring, and in giving to others. As generosity presents itself to me, let me be willing to respond.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 16 Make Room for Healing
Luke:1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
In the scripture above, the Greek translation means no word of God shall be weak or inoperative. Everything that He has said or promised, He will do.
In Jeremiah 30:17 it says, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.” We have to give Jesus room to move. He is drawn by trust. Trust him. He desires to heal your heart, mind, soul, spirit and your body. Make room for healing by letting go of fear, despair, discouragement and unforgiveness. Scripture says in Ps 103:3, “You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out.” Receive God’s healing for your family, your finances, from trauma and grief.
Thank you for being Jehovah Rapha, God who heals. Thank you for healing all heaviness and despair. I thank you for joy and peace that surpasses all understanding. I decree and declare that I walk in your peace and victory. I decree and declare complete healing over my body and my mind.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 17 Make Room for Growth
John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
In John chapter 15, Jesus calls himself the true vine. Like branches, we can only bear fruit in our lives when we remain connected to Jesus. If you have ever tended a fruit-bearing plant, you will know that such plants must be pruned at the proper time, in order to make room for new growth. Branches must be pruned of all that is dead, decaying, or wildly growing where the gardener does not intend. If they are not, the plant will be far less fruitful. Not only that, an abundance of dead branches may block the sunlight, starving the plant of the full light it needs to be healthy. In the same way, we must allow God to prune the dead branches in our lives. These may be harmful habits, unforgiveness, fears, lusts, or lifestyle choices that pull us away from our relationship with Him. God wants us to live free, healthy, and fruitful lives! Of course, pruning is often uncomfortable, even painful. But when we trust our Good Gardener, we make room for new growth.
Thank you Lord for connecting me to Jesus, the true vine. Please remove any branch within me that bears no fruit and prune what is needed to make more room for growth in my relationship with you. In you Lord, I place my full trust.
In Jesus Name,
Day 18 Make Room for Contentment
Philippians 4:11-13, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
When Paul wrote to the Philippian church that he had learned how to be content in all circumstances, he was writing from the inside of a prison cell. He was enduring great hardship while awaiting possible execution on false charges. Despite these grim conditions, Paul was not simply ignoring his feelings or slapping a fake smile on his face. Paul did not say that he turned on contentment like a light switch. Rather, he learned to be content, as he learned to trust God in every situation. Contentment is not feeling happy because everything is perfect. True contentment is not so shallow or fleeting. It is choosing to abide in His peace, trusting Him even when circumstances are difficult. Contentment comes when you recognize that it is Jesus who is the Source of your joy, your peace, your purpose, and your strength. When your peace is not founded in what happens in this life, then nothing in this life can rob you of your peace.
I choose to trust you in every circumstance. My source of peace is not found in this word, but is found in you alone. I will rest in knowing that you are good and you are my provider. I choose to praise your name and to dwell on the goodness of your love. In you I find lasting peace.
In Jesus Name,
Day 19 Make Room to Listen
Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
There is something wondrous about the fact that the Almighty God, Creator of the universe, wants to speak to you. While you may not hear his voice audibly with your ears, God certainly speaks to our hearts. It might be through a verse, through a sermon, a song or directly to your spirit. In Hebrew, the word for listen is “shema”. This word is used many times throughout the Bible. However, it means more than simply to hear or to pay attention to the sounds that your ears pick up. In Hebrew, there is actually no separate word for “obey”. The word “shema” means to listen and to act. God does not want us merely to hear his voice, but to walk in obedience and to be transformed! Today, make room to truly listen to God.
The almighty and powerful One, thank you for speaking to me and guiding me with your word. I do not want to merely hear your words, but to intentionally apply them to my life and be transformed. Please give me the discernment to recognize anything I must remove that may be distracting me from making room to not just hear but to listen. My heart is open and ready to obey you as you speak.
In Jesus Name,
Day 20 Make Room for Unexpected Opportunities
Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
It is wise to make plans, to have visions and goals and a sense of direction. However, we must remember that it is the Lord who directs our steps. Sometimes the greatest opportunities before us are disguised as an interruption or an inconvenience. God wants us to live full and productive lives, but if we are so busy that we have no margin in our schedules, we may miss out on opportunities that God has prepared for us. When we make room, we can take the extra minute to pray for that person at the bus stop, or to answer the phone when someone is asking for advice. God will use you when you make yourself available. Today, expect the unexpected. Make room for God to open unexpected opportunities.
God, I place all of my plans in your hands. Please open my heart to those around me who are in need of your love and grace. Allow me to see people as you see them. May your compassion overflow within me and may your plans interrupt what I have in mind. I choose to grab hold of every unexpected opportunity that you will present before me.
Day 21 Make Room for Sacrifice
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.
When we think of worship, we might first think of a beautiful song played in a church. However, worship is not limited to songs or melodies. In fact, Paul says that true worship is a life wholly and completely surrendered to God with nothing held back. It’s pretty easy to give God the things we don’t want and to ask him to take them away—our fears, our pain, our hurts. When it comes to the things that are valuable to us, like our time, our attention, our finances, and our hearts, it’s easy to give God our leftovers. However, a sacrifice is an act of giving what is valuable. True worship is giving God our first and our all, trusting Him in everything and dedicating all to Him.
I offer myself to you as a living sacrifice. I release everything to you, trusting that you are my provider. I give you my first, not my leftovers. Jesus, thank you for giving us the ultimate example of sacrifice, as you gave everything for us. Have your way in my life Lord, that I may live a life that is holy and pleasing to you.
In Jesus Name,