Steps in the right direction
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18, 19)
We just said Goodbye to 2011 and Hello to Twenty-Dozen! It’s time to make those dreaded resolutions! You know, those “goals” we set & rarely see completed? Actually this year, I’ve decided not to make any. It’s true. I actually don’t like feeling like a failure, so I’m not going to set myself up to fail this time. Now, you’re probably wondering what I’m going to do instead.
Dear Sisters, listen closely: I’m going to take a step in the right direction. Isaiah 43:18,19 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Moving forward seems so easy when I read this. God tells His people it’s okay to move on from our past. Thinking back to last year and some of the mistakes I made, the weight I didn’t lose, the days I didn’t read my Bible… I’m thankful to forget them. I’m even more thankful that my past does not have to define my future. The Lord promises to do a New Thing this year. He is “making a way” for us to follow Him, even during the dark days. So, in 2012 I’m going to take steps toward Jesus. He can only do a new thing in me as I follow Him. Will you take a step in the right direction with me? It may not always be fun or make you happy, but it will get you closer to Jesus!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for 2nd chances. Thank you for offering to do a new thing in our lives. We all have messed up & are in need of you. We welcome a change in this new year. Please God help us see you more & more each day as we follow after you. Amen
Like with resolutions, it is a good idea to write down the steps you want to take in 2012. Here are some of mine:
- Read my Bible & pray Everyday. (www.youversion.com has several reading plans. Our Women’s Ministry has a reading plan & you can find that listed on the website at www.getreallife.com/women) Taking this step will develop my personal relationship with Jesus
- Fasting from breakfast & lunch once a month to pray for our church, the lost, or any personal need. Taking this step will draw me closer to Jesus & help me share in His suffering
- Decreasing the amount of sugar I eat & drinking more water. Taking these steps will help me lose some lbs
- Memorize several scriptures. Taking this step will help me not to believe lies
Go ahead and start writing some of yours down right now. Then share them with a friend so they can pray for you.