NEW YEAR – 2017

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to leave behind those things that have bound you up;

that have kept you from living the life that God has called you to live;

that have caused you to live in darkness instead of light.

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to tune our hearing to God’s frequency of sound;

to tune out the sounds of disharmony, disunity, and disappointment.  

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to rise up and discard our dead, unproductive life habits

and embrace a life of faith, power, and love.

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

BE RELEASED INTO YOUR DESTINY!


CHANGE AHEAD

As I sit here tonight thinking about the New Year that is approaching, I feel deeply the words “change ahead.”

There will be change in our world; change in our government; change in our cities; change in our communities; change in our churches; change in our families; and change in our lives.

Change can be scary; it can be challenging; but it is inevitable. To grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually means there will be change in our lives.

Change shouldn’t take place just for the sake of change. But, it does need to take place. It also needs to be God directed! What we think needs to change may not align with what God thinks.

We also need to be careful about telling others THEY need to change before we seek God on how WE need to change. Help us, Lord!

My prayer for this New Year is that we will allow God to move mightily in our lives and change our fear into faith; our doubt into trust; our pride into humility; our weakness into strength; and our self centered thinking into God centered thinking.

I pray that we will think before we speak; listen before we speak; and always speak in love.

I pray that those plans and ideas and ministries that have been put on the “back burner” will be moved forward! It’s time! Seek the Lord for He is waiting!

There is change ahead! And if we let God lead the change – all will be well!!

HUNGER FOR GOD


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!!

FEAR NOT!

 

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!!

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