New Year, New……

Three weeks into the new year and I’m still reflecting.

Every year people make list upon list of all the goals they want to achieve for the year and half of those goals end up falling through the cracks by February.

I decided a long time ago to stop making resolutions because I never quite remember to resolve them by year’s end.

By November of 2019, I felt led to take a different route for 2020.

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 which talks about how God has plans for us. Not just the regular “Hey lets plan for dinner and a movie” plans, but plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future.  He’s not looking to harm us.

As I reflected on 2019, I found that it was when I panicked, stressed, or walked in fear, that life hit harder.  When I forgot Who I serve, I got blindsided with trials that should’ve been a cakewalk.

Proverbs 20:4 says that we as humans plan a course in our hearts, but the Lord is Who establishes our steps.  We can make plans and even a vision. Write it out and make it plain.  BUT if we aren’t seeking God every step of the way, we may get lost in the thick of it all.

It’s only when we commit to the Lord everything we do that He establishes our plans (Prov. 16:3).

This year will be the year I learn and remind myself constantly to commit EVERYTHING to God.  Every plan, every desire, every move, every thought….EVERYTHING from the biggest decisions to the very thing I allow to come out of my mouth. Heck! Even the very things I choose to eat and drink…our body is a temple, right?

Instead of concentrating on losing weight or traveling, I choose to pursue peace from the Peace Giver, joy from the One who gave me life, and guidance from the One who knows all and sees all. Then and only then, will life fall into place and all those other things will naturally come as a result.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 NIV

This year as we end this first month and move forward into the next, I pray you will take time to reflect on your relationship with God. Remember God has AMAZING plans for you and wants only the best for His children.

Commit everything to God. Let Him be the One to direct your path and guide you every step of the way.  Only then, will you have “new” you….or as I like to say, a RENEWED YOU!

“May He give you the desire of your heart

and make all your plans succeed.”   Psalm 20:4

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