Happy New Year!

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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.

Comments

  1. 7 months ago
    Amanda says

    I started Jesus Calling this new year! How fitting! This year I decided to not make any resolutions. I decided to follow my heart and soul instead of forcing myself to do something because of the new year… I should try to do what is right in my heart and soul everyday, and that is my plan. :)

  2. 7 months ago
    Marcia Pauley says

    Love it Love it Love it!!!!
    I and most of the time my husband read Jesus Calling every day and we have for several years now!!
    I LOVE Women of Faith very very much also!!!!

  3. I am so thankul that not only are His mercies new every morning but every new year! My main resolution this new year is to Get Lost with My King in 2014. I am so in need of restoration and renewal this new year especially in my relationship with the Lord! I highly recommend Danna Greshs book get lost to all my sisters out there! I have been saved 8 yrs and am a single mom of 4 boys and i have let things and cravings control my life in disobedience to Gods will for my life and hinder my walk with him. I am still married to my husband but we are separated and i plan on holding on till death do us part..he needs salvation he is an unbeliever. I thank God he has helped me to forgive him and live the word of God in my life so all can see that Jesus is enough and his word is true! Happy new year to all!

  4. 7 months ago
    Cathy Staurovsky says

    AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!!!!! I have the Jesus calling daily devotional given to me last year by a close sister friend from my church. Started reading it around October and read it every day since and then go into the scriptures at the bottom of each day and read them as well. What a great way to start anyone’s day. Plan on buying the book for my best girlfriend. Happy New Year to all with God’s grace.

  5. 7 months ago
    Debra Reyes says

    Wow I needed these words today! Thank you!

  6. 7 months ago
    Julie says

    “Jesus Calling” is the best I have ever read. He is speaking directly to ME and I treasure every daily reading.

  7. Thank you so much for these words this morning. It truly is an adventure when we give ourselves fully to him and increase our attentiveness to his presence. Amen. Amen.