You’d think I’d be ready for Christmas to be over – to wipe out all signs of our season past as we forge ahead into 2016.
How I miss waking up each morning and flipping the switch that lights our Christmas tree! I miss the extra glow the Christmas season brings to my life. Do you feel that way, too?
But, we can hold onto that glow in our hearts throughout the year, even without the tree lights. It’s true. Jesus is with us every day, not only at Christmas. Let’s hold onto that as we begin 2016.
Do you follow a Bible reading plan each day? The Jubilee Journey group I traveled with (spiritually) last year is moving forward into 2016 without me. This year, I’m scaling back on some commitments.
What was I thinking last year, adding more writing projects?
The plan of reading straight through the Bible throughout the year was amazing – so amazing that I wanted to follow the same plan this year. The YouVersion app is called (of all things) Eat this Book: One Year Bible with Daily Psalm. (I tell you that in case you’re interested in checking it out.)
But, God suddenly knocked me over the head (because I’m a little dense sometimes) with what He REALLY wants me to do, and that’s to follow the same reading plan that many of our church members follow. Also a YouVersion app, the Life Journal Reading Plan leads you through The Old Testament once and The New Testament twice in one year.
This verse kept coming to mind a lot last week (because when I’m so dense, God doesn’t give up on getting through!).
You all have been patient with me this week as I published posts about setting priorities and planning for the new year. I’ve mentioned that this hasn’t been my practice in the past because I always wanted to leave things up to God (regarding the verse above).
I was hesitant to set goals because I never wanted to jump ahead of God. But this year, as I began praying about 2016 (all the way back in August), He was faithful to be completely clear (Hallelujah for that!) about His plans.
The Lord just unfolded His plans in front of me. So, my plans are now His and are confidently written as goals and commitments for 2016. How cool is that? I’ve never felt so at peace with beginning a new year.
God knew I only wanted His purposes, and the fact that He answered so clearly and completely makes me want to cheer! God doesn’t always answer prayer so clearly, but when He does that, it’s such a neat thing.
Has God ever clearly laid out His plans for you? How did it make you feel? A little humble? Surprised? Filled with praise? What?
It’s a spectacular first Sunday of 2016. Let’s rejoice!