Like many I feel obligated on the first day of a new year to send out a greeting to those who read my blog. Not that I’ve done that but since it has been 4 months and I’m setting here looking at a fairly barren blog I decided to write. So…..
Happy New Year!!
Now I feel so much better. But since I might have your attention I’ll just continue a bit.
We have been truly blessed this year. God has enabled us to visit some new places. Return to some previous projects. Spend time with family. God has touched our sore hurting bodies. Brought us to a new (permanent) home that we can return to when we’re not traveling. See family members returned to health. Provided us with the necessities while helping us to help others in need. Grow our faith in Christ. Establish a stronger walk with God, and much, much more. Yes… we’ve been blessed.
I trust that this new year will bring you nearer to God and that you will establish a closer walk with Him. Trust firmly in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and see how your year turns out.
Strategies to grow closer to our Lord in 2016
- Daily reading in the Bible – Individually during the day and through the Bible at night.
- Pray together, pray individually, unceasingly
- Ongoing Bible study (no less than weekly, sometimes more)
- Reading more classic Christian authors (there are some great authors of the past whose writings still have a strong bearing on our daily walk with Christ – I’ll be glad to share)
- Daily devotionals (picked carefully)
- Keep the Sabbath Holy. Sunday is our Sabbath and we spend the day attending church, resting, meditating, praying, reading (we don’t shop, eat out, go touring, travel or anything else which would detract from our devotion to God during the day, unless necessary (and that’s rare))
This list we consider essential to maintaining a close walk with God. This is what WE do. Some may do more, some may do less. Some may not feel something as drastic (really?) as keeping the Sabbath Holy is necessary. We do. What we know is that God is the center of what we do and for that we are truly blessed.
My hope for you in this coming year is a closer walk with Jesus (or if you’ve not accepted Jesus as your Savior, doing so). I also hope you have a year filled with all the goodness God has to offer.
I would like to end with the Biblical passage of scripture from Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV):
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Blessings in Christ,