Happy New Year Friends!
It's been a while. It was my intention when I started this blog to have new content each week. Then we both got the COVID virus and everything changed. Like a big pause. Everything for us stopped us in our tracks. It was time to heal and recover, and re-evaluate what inspired us in the beginning, and how to apply it to now. If there is one thing I know for certain it is that GOD IS IN CHARGE. Each and every day, each and every moment.
In the first pages of my Bible (Lutheran Study Bible, ESV) are prayers. So many apply to my every day. Today I would like to share this....
Almighty Father, lead us to Your Word, that we may find healing of heart, soul, and mind in the Gospel of Jesus. Be near us as we read for ourselves that Jesus has indeed died and has risen again for us. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and mercy, that we may spread Your love to those who haven't heard the Good News and to those who have heard but have forgotten it. Let us do all we can to win souls for You, that they may go out and do the same. In Jesus' most holy name, we pray. Amen (Linda Flechsig)
The new year brings an opportunity to begin again, in theory. There is certainly no reason not to start again each day. Perhaps a new year brings a solid beginning time line. A new goal, a new routine, a new planner, a new vision board, a new something to start the year off. I've got several goals listed that I'd like to begin. The most important to me is to remember each day that Jesus is first.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Jesus said this while he was preaching from a place away from the huge crowds. This time was known as the Sermon on the Mount. There are so many wonderful teachings from Matthew chapter 5. It's a good read. Imagine sitting near by and hearing such intelligent words spoken. I imagine that I would wonder what He would say next.
Another verse I want to remember each day is...
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Paul wasn't pointing to lists that need to be completed each day. Living our life with Christ brings glory to God. Simple acts of kindness to the bigger goals we work hard to accomplish using the gifts he gives each of us. As I type this out I'm reminded of another verse....
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
I can't say that I know verses of the Bible by heart. I remember snippets of verses and then I look for a word in the Concordance section of my Bible. This is a great way to find passages that I'm needing to look for about any thing. So if you are curious about what the Bible says about a particular topic I recommend checking out the concordance. I believe the Holy Spirit makes us curious about something and then leads us to look for it. And that search may lead us to reading a bit more, and before we know it we are reading chapters or more. Don't be afraid to be led. To God be the Glory! See how that works?
Begin each day with Jesus. Use the gifts He gives you to give Him glory in living a life with Christ.
Until we meet again,