Wednesday, January 1, 2014

This one thing will change your year

I have been listening to the news lately,
      "the experts" who say
         to implement something different this year,
                         do one thing in that direction,
not tomorrow
     or next week
or when things settle down
        (for that alone
          you will be waiting forever),
but today
        one thing in that direction.

Change comes in taking little baby steps.

I challenge you to make that one thing
      to read God's Word everyday
      this year.
This challenge comes with a lifetime guarantee.
            It will change your life.
It doesn't have to be at daybreak
            or at any specific time,
    but just a daily appointment.
If you trust Him in it,
        God will provide you a pocket of time
     at some point in your day.
I have never heard anyone
      struggle to "find the time"
   to check Facebook,
       or Pinterest,
            or Instagram.
You just do it.
God will reveal His pocket of time for you.
      Be ready to jump in.
You can even read Scripture on your phone.

Give God ten minutes.
He will more than enlarge that time.
Take a verse with you into your day.
Engrave it on your mind,
put it in your pocket,
let it seep into your thoughts,
     let God change your life through it.

God uses His Word to change me,
change everyone around me,
change my day,
          its divine appointments,
                        and outcomes,
and change the world.
It is not because I give Him
            ten minutes or twenty,
but because God spends that time with me.
Being with Him
        cannot help but change my life.
It will not make you "a better person,"
    but through that daily engraving of His Word,
    I realize more who I really am:
                             beloved by Him.
And that changes everything.

Obey God in this
        and see what will happen,
see how He uses that obedience,
see how God doesn't just apply His Word in your life
                 but weaves it in,
see how He uses you as a result,
see how He changes you.

And as an old woman told me
       in the very busiest time of my life,
"Make God's Word first,
       before you read anything else."
Nothing has impacted me
                  more than that.

God will change your life
       in more ways than you can know.
His Word never returns void.

Blessed is the man
   who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers,
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
            planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

                           Psalm 1. 1-3

God will fill you.
God will fulfill you.

Joyous new year!


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