Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year, New Promises

I posted this on Facebook a couple years ago, and really like it. I read it in a devotion a couple years back and really enjoyed it. I hope you do too!

What should I stop doing, and what should I start doing in order to being the year well and end it well?

"Stop looking back. Stop thinking you can't overcome a bad habit or addiction. Stop thinking God doesn't care. Stop blaming yourself or others. Stop doing what you know you should not do. Stop doing too much. Stop not doing enough. Start each day with God in prayer and Bible reading. Start showing more grace and forgiveness. Start a good habit. Start committing more random acts of kindness. Start obeying God's Word. Start repairing that hurt relationship. Start trusting God in your life every day. This is a good time to commit to stopping and starting and to remember that God is the one constant that will never change all year. He loves you and will always be at your side." read that paragraph again more slowly and think about how you can apply it to your life. I've read it multiple times and like it even more each time. What can you do that's on that list? I know I can apply all of them to myself right now. I'm sure I'll slip up with all of them and prove to never be perfect, but that's ok. So I guess the question I have is not only what can you do that's on the list, but what do you want to do and what will you do?

Here are the verses that went with it:
"Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you." 1 John 2:15

"I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him." Ephesians 1:19

"May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace." Numbers 6:24-26

Happy New Year!

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