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Don’t you just love new beginnings? They offer such wonderful possibilities. Can you remember the mix of nervousness and excitement you felt on a first day of school, the first day of a new job or going on a first date? You knew you were entering a new situation with endless possibilities and a renewed hope of what was to come. Let’s enter 2013 with that same hope.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Regardless of what your 2012 was like, 2013 lies ahead with hope for a brand new year and new things God wants to do in your life. If you are like me, your 2012 was filled with ups and downs. It is so easy to remember the bad times rather than the good, but if you read my last post, and you took stock of all God had done in 2012, you are looking forward to 2013 with eager anticipation.
I don’t know what God has in store for me in 2013 but I know He has a plan and I know His plans far exceed any of my own. I know that in hard times I rely on Him more and turn to Him more. Regardless of what is ahead in 2013, I know that I don’t have a to face it alone because the Lord is always right there with me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Many people make new year’s resolutions about what they want to accomplish or change in the coming year. I have made these many times myself, but have failed to follow through with them very long. This year I prayed about what God would have me accomplish or change in 2013. The answer I got was to know Him more. I feel like He wants me to know Him more so I can share Him more effectively with others. The best way I know to get to know someone better is to spend time with him. This is not different with the Lord. Spending time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word is the best way to get to know Him better.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,”
I am going to read through the Bible in a year. I have chosen a chronological Bible that has the readings divided out by days and I am going to spend more time in prayer. I am confident that I will be able to follow through on this goal because I will not be doing it on my own. I will have the power of the Holy Spirit encouraging me and drawing me closer to God.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
I pray everyone who reads this post will spend some time in prayer seeking what God would have you accomplish or change in 2013. If you don’t feel like you have a clear answer, why not join me in reading the word daily and spending time with Him in prayer. We can encourage each other to stay the course and share what we are learning. I am looking forward to 2013 with eager anticipation of what God has in store for me and I hope you are too!