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HAPPY NEW YEAR, A PRAYER FOR 2017!

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Our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson age, 24

Happy New Year!!

Heavenly Father we thank you for allowing us see this year’s end and enter into a brand new day, a day that allows us to experience the start of a new year. We’re crossing over a brand new threshold filled with your possibilities and promises. We humbly come before you, like my Grandpop Ellsworth with his hat in hand! We too have hearts filled to the brim, with Thanksgiving for 2016’s peak and valley experiences. Surely it was because of your magnificence-your outstretched hand that kept us. God you allowed us to witness your love in action and to realize “an in-spite of” growth! Through life’s upsets we now have a new understanding that blessings delayed were and are not blessings denied! Thank you for the uncomfortable challenges, and adversity!  You taught us patience and provided us with your unmerited grace. Your love is our elixir. We appreciate that your will is done in our lives and in those that matter to us.Yes Lord we will rely on you! We entrust our lives to you and will not be afraid! Give us greater wisdom and joy for our 2017 journey. We seek you and your kingdom as we declare:The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? No weapons formed against us will prosper! We decree that we are victors in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

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IT’S A HAPPY NEW YEAR LEARNING NEW HABITS!

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

Psalm 63:2 
New International Version (NIV)

It was amazing for me to witness how attentive the young college folks in my home were. It was Christmas break and they seemed to relax with the television on, lap tops plugged in and their smart phones in hand. They seemed hypnotized by one or the other, possibly mesmerized is more appropriate!

They huddled together and listened intently to the television and even commented in unison about the antics of several of the “stars” during a particular episode of some “Reality” show that I knew nothing of. I immediately wondered whose reality was this really? The star’s strained tones, always boisterous, obnoxious behavior and argumentative conversations were exhausting.

But my focus shifted from the tirades when women began to speak at length about making New Year’s Resolutions, now that got my immediate attention. Admittedly I am out of touch with the recent line-up with this new crop of celebs on these reality shows, but their over dramatic personalities and one sided perspectives appeared very loop-sided, self serving, slanted and greedy for the most part. But it’s not my call, not my “Reality” production, and certainly not my lifestyle being showcased. Let’s give each other a high five on that reality! But from what I could discern their rituals or habits have a lot to be desired. Maybe that was the fascination with why we watch these unscripted series. Or are they? But distinctly I heard (sensed their) preceived DEFEAT, with their pronouncements regarding and maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions.

Each person boldly shared with convincing gestures where they would and wouldn’t frequent, what they planned on acquiring and the things that they’d not tolerate anymore. But no sooner than those pronouncements spilled from their mouths they shared that they realized that their resolutions were already going to be short lived (just like the standard resolutions that so many of us make). Often it’s all for not. But I too have been there and done that! You know made an elaborate plan and strategy for the New Year which failed. So often we mean well, but our well planned out resolutions are short lived. Our stamina and commitment seems fleeting and we’re back to our old habits. The resolutions are gone bye-bye and generally don’t make it through the week. As we mature we dispense with this practice and it is back to business as usual! But something is really missing! Now I am trying to make no promises to myself or others that I sense are already futile. But I learned of a Divine source that pushes and prompts me! No resolution can do that! So after my good chuckle at the confusing reality show I realized that it was time to refocus, time to quiet myself, read , reflect, pray and get some spiritual direction. Is that you also? Later that morning I reached for a new addition to my inspirational library and read the following from Jesus Calling-Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

“I WANT YOU TO LEARN A NEW HABIT.

Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus” in
response to whatever happens to you. If there is time to think about whom I am.  In all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you. This simple practice will help you see me in every situation, acknowledging my sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective-through the Light of my universal Presence-fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your
trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me. Psalm 63:2; Isaiah 40:10-11; Psalm 139:7-10″


I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Psalm 63:2 (NIV)

See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:10-11 (NIV)

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)

I suspect the Holy Spirit has also given you goose bumps. God is speaking to us! It’s clear why so many of our resolutions don’t make it out of the gate-our old habits win! These habits push God aside! We’ve overlooked the most crucial ingredient of getting in the habit of remembering and actively trusting Jehovah, our Author and Creator of the universe. He’s the very One-the I Am that has birthed our hopes, dreams and desires. There is no plan if God is not a part of it.
There can be no hope of getting through the tough obstacles if we’ve not carried the baton of faith, the powerful Holy Scripture in our hearts/minds and love for being a child of the most High God. We can’t make it and possibly believe that our natural stamina will sustain us in this world!
There’s nothing that can replace, refresh and restore us like Jesus! If you have one resolution let that be to learn a new habit of entrusting ourselves and all that concerns us to Jesus. Today friends, tell yourselves, your loved ones, and Him: “I trust you Lord! I am in your capable and wonderful care!” Now that’s a resolution that will remain, let’s get in the habit! Happy New Year everyone!

With A Thankful Heart!Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine
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