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January 3, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Resolutions


2 Timothy 2:15 
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed. . . (ESV)

Thought for Today

When was the last time you made a genuinely new New Year’s resolution? Have you ever wondered why we make the same resolutions each year? The reason is because we know in our spirit who we are supposed to be. We have a longing to become the person God created us to be. So we take the opportunity each new year affords to resolve to be that person. Whether it is to be physically, mentally or spiritually fit, we continually resolve to be more of we know we need in our lives. So don’t get discouraged if you haven’t fulfilled last year’s resolutions and put them back on your list. If it is who God is calling you to be, keep at it. However, this year resolve to regularly ask God for the strength and determination to see the new you come to fruition. The problem has likely been that you have been trying to become the new you in your own strength. Try it this year in God's strength. It is the only way to become all that you were created to be!

Prayer
Holy Spirit, I know who You are calling me to be. Give me the strength and determination to grow more into that person in 2019. Amen. 

Devotional Quote
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts. — Og Mandino  

Quote of the Day
Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately. β€• Charles M. Sheldon 

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January 2, 2019, 6:15 AM

Daily Inspiration: New Beginnings


Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

Why do we make resolutions at the beginning of the new year? Because it is a time when we feel we have a fresh start. New Years are times of new beginnings. So it makes sense to dedicate ourselves afresh. God tells us that we get to start over much more often than every year. He tells us His mercies are new every morning. Each day that you rise you get a fresh start and a clean slate! No matter what happened yesterday, God says it is in the past. What matters is that you make today count. What do you need to leave behind from yesterday (or many yesterdays ago) and what do you need to start fresh today? 

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for the cross, where you won a fresh start for me today. Help me to strive for You today knowing I have a fresh start tomorrow. Amen. 

Devotional Quote
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ― Meister Eckhart

Quote of the Day
The beginning is always today. ― Mary Shelley 



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January 1, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: New Year's Day 2019



Isaiah 30:15

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

 

Thought for Today

Today is marks the beginning of a brand new year. Our God rejoices in new beginnings. The turning of the calendar is always a freeing experience. The days of the year appear empty, ready to be written upon. You can place anything you like in those blank squares. You can fill it with work to be done and overwhelm it with “to do’s,” so that it quickly reflects frantic life last year turned out to be. Or, you can be intentional this year to leave white-space in your calendar. God works in the white-space. It is time where you can be still and know Him. It is time when He can revive your soul. It is space for Him to mold you into the image of His Son. The choice is yours. Your calendar reflects your values. What values will yours reflect in 2019?

 

Prayer

Lord of the ever turning year, grant be wisdom to make more time for You this year and determination to protect my time with You from all intrusions. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Cheers to a gracious New Year. May we uphold the fullness of God’s grace, goodness and goodwill. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

 

Quote of the Day

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. ― Benjamin Franklin

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