As we are beginning a new year I want to encourage you to set your goals for this year and have a person in your life to help keep you accountable with those goals, especially the spiritual goals because it is so easy to get caught up in the “doing” of ministry that we push aside the personal time with the Lord and our spiritual life can go out the window.
I have shared with you before that I love the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young and I would highly recommend it to you even if you have another devotional you use. I would add this one too. They are short daily devotions with scripture. And although this will be the 4th year I have used it, each day speaks directly to what I am dealing with that very moment. I want to share one of the devotionals with you today that I believe speaks to each one of us.
Rest in My Presence, allowing Me to take charge of this day. Do not bolt into the day like a race-horse suddenly released. Instead, walk purposefully with Me, letting Me direct your course one step at a time. Thank Me for each blessing along the way; this brings Joy to both you and Me. A grateful heart protects you from negative thinking. Thankfulness enables you to see the abundance I shower upon you daily. Your prayers and petitions are winged into heaven’s throne room when they are permeated with thanksgiving. In everything give thanks, for this is My will for you.
I want to encourage you don’t charge into this year like a race-horse, but find an accountability partner and set you spiritual goals for the year and don’t let life interfere.