4 Christian Principles for Making New Year’s Resolutions

Resolutions are strategic reminders for our repentant hearts. As Christians, they should be set in place to progress of the will of God in our lives. Before compiling a new list of goals, celebrate each step of progress that was made in the last year. Pay homage to the work God has done in our lives, before surging onto the next stage of growth. Giving God glory in worship for the accomplishments we achieve is a necessary element in the Christian attribute of fostering a grateful heart. Taking our failures into account, as well, shines light into the areas of our lives where prayer for clarity is needed. 

Through it all, God is guiding us. Jesus is walking with us, promising never to leave us. Prayerful consideration of the counsel of our good Father prevents needless brain-wracking and unreasonable goal-setting. His will is always in our best interest. The Voice paraphrase of Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that He promises to do more than we can ask or imagine in our lives. He can not only help us with our resolutions, but holds the key to the progress that will usher His peace into our lives.

“Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory…” (Ephesians 3:20-21). 

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5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Christians

There’s an enlightening difference between “resolve” and “resolution.” Resolve reflects a decision or determination, while a resolution formally encompasses a decision made via conference with others. Wikipedia describes four different types of resolution, “New Year’s resolution” being the only one that doesn’t incorporate other opinions into its final draft. Could this be why resolutions often fall out of reach?

Resolution is a feeling of debate, dispute, and deliberation that takes contributing thoughts and opinions into consideration. Perhaps our vocabulary has been modified to cater to individual resolve, regardless of practicality or conference about our life’s direction. Particularly, the One who laid the very purpose of our lives into the fabric of who we are. Resolve to prayerfully consult God to reveal what He is asking from us. Entertain trusted family and friends to encourage and guide our steps. Then, compile New Year’s Resolutions that we can stand firmly in striving towards. 

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The Christmas Dolphins

Welcome to the #recall12 series, where we are memorizing a little bit of God’s great Word each month! This month’s verse is: 

“God will take care of the hidden things …” Deuteronomy 29:29 MSG

“Mom!!!!” My seven-year-old screeched as she took off into the depths of the house,  “I have the BEST idea for Christmas cookies this year!” dec recall 12

The discomforting changes that we instinctively fight can yield a refreshing freedom to embrace new traditions.

My then-Kindergartener emerged from the basement with a play doh-cutter in her hand.

“CHRISTMAS DOLPHINS!!!!” she spat out with glee. “For Grammy and Papa.”  Though we were all sad to see them relocate to warmer climate permanantly, my daughter reminded me to allow the possibility of what could be compared to what had always been.

Today’s verse expounds upon an Israelite people that would rely on descendants to carry on their commitment to the Lord. Even Moses would turn the reigns of leadership over to Joshua before they would set eyes on their promised land.

” The Lord our God keeps certain things hidden. But he makes other things known to us and to our children forever. He does it so we can obey all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29 NIRV

The wisdom gained over an ancestral lifetime wasn’t automatically transferred to the recall12 dec tweet 2.png
next generation back then, nor is it now. Try as we may to listen to those that have gone before us, history tends to repeat itself. Additionally, God doesn’t make all things available to learn in this lifetime.

hidden- being out of sight or not readily apparent. (Merriam-Webster)

In the second half of this month’s verse, I believe a shred of light is cast on the most popular question human-kind raises …why? “He does it so we can obey …” He’s omnipotently given us a unique purpose in this life that we are not always privy to.

 “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” 1Corinthians 13:12 MSG

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Jesus is our glimpse.

When we are mangled from the latest mess of this falling landscape, He is there. As pieces of our hearts shatter irreparably, He holds onto the shards. It’s hard to imagine our Savior suffering, but Christ felt every hurt that we feel from the manger to the cross. He was mocked and shut out of social circles …beaten though innocent …judged yet perfect …tempted by the devil. And He is our bridge over the gaps we cannot fulfill within our minds upon this earth.

The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29 HCSB

“The revealed things belong to us.”   We can trust that through every hurtful change …misunderstood abandonment …heart wrenching suffering and unplanned diversion,  He has given us what we need to survive. Faith in Christ allows us to loosen our grip on the injustice of “why,” in trade for the patience to wait on “Who.” The Israelites would fall and flounder over and over again, suffering at the hand of their own disobedience. But we have a hope that they did not. Jesus.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9

Christmas is a celebration of our allowance into the presence of God, because of the life Jesus lived and the death He conquered to free us from the curse of sin.
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” For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror…” 1Corinthians 13:12a NIV

Faith is being able to look into the face of unexplainable difficulty and see the goodness of God. When we look for Him, we will find Him. He is evident in creation, and waiting in His Word.

hēnnâ is an adverb meaning “here,” usually in the sense of “in this place, – Mounce Complete Expository Dictionary

He is in His Word. For Christians, He is in us. His creation reflects the beauty of His glory. He is here.

 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,” 1Peter 1:8 NIV

recall 12 dec tweet 1Though we fight unwelcome change, we want God’s will over our plan. When we allow our grasp on the concrete “why”to fade, faith in what He has hidden is overcome by what He’s revealed. We become content to abide in His secrets when we understand more about who He is. Faith is trusting our Father to hold onto the unknown answers. Christmas is honoring what we know with what we have …right now. Make the Christmas trees, wreaths, and angels …but leave room for the Christmas dolphins, too.

“…then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search tout, man cannot discover it’s meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” Ecclesiastes 8:17

know- to perceive directly (Merriam-Webster)

comprehend- to grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of (Merriam-Webster)

We don’t need to know when we comprehend “why’s” Author.

Happy Christmas,

Megs

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The Pier (#jammed daily devo, day 321)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 321: Thankful for the sunrise.

“The skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

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“Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!”

I’ve already rolled over twice before my alarm sounds that it’s time to rise. The first
light of the sun arising is all the assurance my heart needs to know that God is with me.
Always and everyday, His Light pierces through the horizon to awake all. We never question if the next day will come, and often let it slip in and out without really realizing how fleeting it …and all of our days …are.

Stride after stride, season after season, morning after morning, sunrise after sunrise …I look for Him in the sky …and He meets me there. On the edge of the pier at the mouth of the river, looking out at the vast great lake it flows into, my mind longs to drift out to the sea and into the sky. I ache for the comfort and joy of His arms.

Knowing that His brushstrokes paint the sky and His Light bounces off the water strengthens me to turn and walk back into the day He has planned and prepared for me to face. Through the sky, we somehow bond even though we’re realms a part.

The colors of the sky and the horizon as it meets the water are doodled over the pages of my childhood journals. He’s been guiding my life all along, telling me to straighten up …calling me to lead. I know what each morning means, and appreciate every stream of light and color as I walk down the pier to meet Him.

One day I’ll walk out to the end of that pier and soar over the gate, skimming on top of the water, and sailing up over the clouds to meet His embrace. Until then, daybreak is enough to fill my heart. Knowing it’s coming. Knowing He’s coming. That I am His. And He’s with me. #sweetJesus

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for the sunrise. Thank You for meeting me there each morning. Forgive me for the days when the weather and my laziness keep me from coming, and help me to seek You more each day I head back down the pier.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Sky-gazing,

Megs

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The Questions (#jammed daily devo, day 317)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 317: Thankful for the ability to ask.

When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” John 13:27

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How must Jesus have felt, even though He knew what Judas was about to do, when the
time came for him to betray Him. The hurt that we can all relate to after a trusted friends betrays us …lies to us …plays with our hearts as if we’re not as important as God says we are …and then acts like it’s our fault. Hurt can be a bitter seed that becomes dangerously toxic when it grows.

Jesus was never at risk of falling victim to the devil’s bitter roots. But we are. Sometimes, there is no way to see it coming. Other times, He will guides us around. Eventually, we all travel through a mess of hurt. It’s life’s inevitable fall. There is a real evil out there after our souls. Today’s verse says that “Satan entered into him.” That’s terrifying! But think of how easy it is to doubt …question …wonder …ask …

When life is unfair. When people die. When we’re sick. When we lose our jobs. When we lose our friends. When we lose our minds.

But the devil has no chance to gain the ground of our heart when we believe in Jesus Christ, Our Savior. He can harass us and make a mess of our lives, but he cannot get in. When we accept Jesus we are sealed with the Spirit from that moment on. God defends us.

How can we see the devil’s schemes? We ask.

God will remind us of His truth, and we will be able to discern true intentions from manipulative ones. Our God wants us to ask, seek, knock, wonder, and come to Him for help.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather,  Praise You for welcoming our questions, and thank You for strengthening our faith as You answer. Help us to see evil for what it is, and separate ourselves from it as You have called us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Measuring,

Megs

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