Monday, January 12, 2015

Days of Diamonds (Excerpt)

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We're into the second week of a new month, indeed a new year.  More days with God, more blog posts.  Hopefully, more books.

We've started revising each of our monthly devotional books.  January is revised and updated on Amazon.  After we're done revising them all, we'll compile them into a single volume, including both a hardcopy version and an ebook version.  Just to give you a taste, here's a selection from January's book.

As you might have guessed from our illustration, we have some thoughts on making resolutions.


January - Day 1

Ephesians 4:24a (KJV) And that ye put on the new man,…


New Year’s Day always seems like a good day to “turn over a new leaf”, make changes in our life, move on to a new level.  But, really, any day is a good day to seek a new beginning.  So, there we go, starting a new diet, coming close to having a heart attack on the treadmill, buying a new wardrobe, getting those books we promised ourselves we’d read.  Wait. Those books were last year’s resolution.

There’s a difference between making a resolution and having resolve.  Even more, there’s a difference between trying to move in the right direction in our own efforts or letting God draw us into the circumstances and experiences of His choosing.  Going off on our own can lead us into actions and thinking that may not prove to be in our best interest.  When God guides us, we’re moved in the right direction.  When we make resolutions, they somehow never are completely fulfilled or fulfilling. When we rely on the resolve of God, we reach the goals He knows will benefit us.


Prayer thought for day 1:  We want to be new “men”, men and women of God.  We want that which will grow our relationship with God and others, reaping a harvest of His benefits.  If we already have started that relationship, then we want to see it bloom.  If we don’t yet know God as we ought to, then we need to ask Him to make Himself real in our consciousness.  Those are the things to pray for, today.

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