January is a time for new goals and resolutions to be made. It’s the first month of a new year and so many of us take this time to re-evaluate our lives.

What are we doing that needs to be stopped?  Do we have some self-destructive behaviors that are undermining our progress forward?

What do we need to start doing?  Are there things that we know we should be doing, but for whatever reason, we are not doing them?

And, of course, one of the major things that seem to come up is diet.  Losing weight and getting healthier physically is the focus for many people as the new year begins.

I pray that during our focus on food and the hunger that arises as we begin to change our eating habits…we shift our focus to God.  I pray that our hunger for physical things will be replaced with an increasing hunger for the Lord.

I pray that as we go over different exercise plans to get our physical bodies into shape…we will begin to get our spiritual lives into shape through the different “exercise plans” that the Lord himself has set before us.

May we be more intentional in our Bible reading; our worship; and our prayer during 2016.  May we be more intentional about drawing near to the Lord and deepening our relationship with Him.

May the LORD Himself stir up a HUNGER within us for more of His presence actively moving within our lives!!  May it be so, LORD!!



Version 2

On this last day of 2015, as I put away the old, I will be praying for the NEW that I know is coming!  Can you feel it yet?

I believe that we will see some major changes in the Church.  I believe that the Lord will be calling us to make some hard decisions in the coming months.  Do we really believe what we say we believe?  Are we ready to be bold and break out of the comfortable routine that we have enjoyed?  Can we accept new ideas; new plans; new perspectives?  Are we REALLY willing to let God be God and follow HIS leading wherever that may take us?

I hear the Lord saying, “FEAR NOT!”  May we trust that as He takes us into a New Year…a New Season…we will not fear!!  Let us follow our CHAMPION into the unknown!  Knowing that He KNOWS ALL and He already has the VICTORY!!  Let us take up His Banner of Love and step where He steps!!  Arise, Beloved of God, and get ready for that next step!!