Blessed New Year!
The New Year is a time of great excitement and anticipation. It is great to turn the page, to wipe the slate clean and to get a fresh start. The New Year provides a new hope that this time things will be different. But, how do we keep this New Year from turning into another year we can’t wait to leave? This New Year might bring more loss or more weight or less money or more difficult days. We hope this year is better than the last, but if experience proves true, this year will have its highlights and also its lowlights. How do we get more highlights than lowlights?
God promises us joy that is new every morning (Psalm 30:5). The secret to a good year is to have good days, one day after another. Here are some Godly tips for a good day.
Wake each morning and praise God – Each day is busy and filled with worry, if you start your day right it will right your whole day. “But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” Psalm 59:16
When trouble comes, seek God – God never promised an easy life, but He did promise to be with you in all circumstances. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2,3
Look for God at work – God is bringing good, even in tragedy; look for Him and you will see Him. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”. Romans 8:28
Resolve conflict – Don’t run from it, speak truth. Don’t seek it, but when it comes confess and forgive. “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26,27
Seek God’s will – Most of our frustration comes when our expectations aren’t met. Look for God and see if His were met instead. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
Thank God for each day – and all that it brings and however He used you. A spirit of thankfulness will drown out discontent every time. “..with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6,7
Simple isn’t always easy! That is why it is important to surround ourselves with the things of God so the world cannot steal our Godly Joy! And, when it does, His mercies are new EVERY morning!
Have a Blessed New Year!