With a new year comes a new beginning. What are you beginning today? Did you follow tradition and make resolutions to do this or that (or maybe to stop doing this or that)?
Many of us start the New Year resolved to be more diligent about nurturing our relationship with God. One way to do that is, as the January 1 entry from Jesus Calling says, “Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My Presence.”
No matter what adventures are in store over the coming year we know that God is in control. As He said in Jeremiah 29:11 “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” We look forward to that “good future” and also to sharing the next year with you.
P.S. The complete Jesus Calling devotion is below, written as a letter from Jesus to you.
January 1 from Jesus Calling
Come to Me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.
As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you. I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love.
I also know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My Presence.
Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. —Romans 12:2 NCV
I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” —Jeremiah 29:11 NCV
Excerpt from Jesus Calling © 2004 Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson). Used by permission.