The new year for me usually begins with a flurry of things to do. Things to get in order so that the year will begin smoothly. New thoughts flood my mind and become seed thoughts for things to write. It didn’t happen. It was only the second time in years that I didn’t spend the early hours of the new year in church and worshiping and praying. There was a valid reason for not going – but – there you have it the “but.” The normal for me was out of order and it seemed that nothing else would line up correctly.
What brought order back into focus was my personal time spent with God. That has not changed through the years. Each year I begin a new yearly devotional book, change the color of pens I use to mark important passages. This year two books along with my Bible are what starts my personal time spent in His presence.
While reading in “Come Away My Beloved” by Frances J. Roberts this one passage brought clarity and what is important for me this year. I share it with you and maybe it will help you.
I have changed it from the “King James English” (which I love to read) to make it easier reading.
GOD ASKS OF ME:
To Give: So He can bless me more To Pray: So He can respond and help me To Rejoice: So I am kept from being swallowed in anxiety To Be Humble: So I am protected from calamities that happen to the proud To Forgive: So that I can receive His forgiveness “Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
If these five things guide my life through 2019 I will truly be blessed and will grow in my spiritual life.
I welcome 2019 and anticipate all that God has instore for me this year.