10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

by Lynn Mosher

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I never do. I know I won’t keep them. However, we all need encouragement, especially at the onset of a new year.

Here are ten thoughts or encouragements to inspire you to get a good grip on making improvements in your life this year. You already know these, but if you do them, all your other resolutions should fall into place.

Here we go…

1) Gather up all the negative events of the year now closing: its sins, weaknesses, and failures; its heartaches and griefs. All that filled your year.

2) Lay them at the foot of the Throne. Turn your back on them and leave them all there.

3) Stand bravely at the threshold of this New Year and expect to see it filled with amazing surprises and God’s promises.

4) Walk through the portal of the New Year unburdened, forgiven, and free.

5) Walk arm in arm with your Beloved Lord into the unknown of each new day.

6) Walk wherever the light of His love and protection guide you.

7) Spend time each day leaning upon the breast of your Beloved.

8) Share with Him all your heart’s desires and disappointments, all your joys and hurts, and He will share with you all His love, guidance, comfort, and peace.

9) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Prov. 4:23 NLT) Guard against any influence that threatens to come between you and the Lord.

10) “Be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:19 NIV)

*And one extra: Crave the Lord’s will and be obedient to it.


**And most importantly: Praise the Lord no matter what!
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NLT)

May the Lord’s shadow of forgiveness conceal the disappointments and troubles of the year behind you, while His light is cast as a beacon of guidance to His safe haven of the days yet to be explored. May His hand be against your enemy and His peace reign all your days. May His servants Goodness and Mercy pursue you throughout the New Year.

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

Make the Most of It!

Make the Most of It!

It’s a new year. Whether you have been thinking about making resolutions or goals or just thinking about the new year, you’ve probably done so to make 2015 a better year than the one closing.

There are many ways to improve in the days ahead. Get fit…whether mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, or spiritually. If you need help in some area, you can either hire someone or find someone to help you for free.

Of course, your greatest help is all these areas is the Lord. He will guide you no matter what your need. He can also show you to use what you have like David.

First Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. Verse 18 says, “When the [enemy] came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the [enemy].” (Amp) And in meeting the enemy, David only needed One Rock to take down his enemy.

And so do you! When the enemy comes against you this year, let your battle cry be the same as David’s, “The battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Sam. 17:47 NKJV)

Make the most of each day and let the Lord fight for you, “because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:16 NKJV)

There are many different versions of the above verse, but the beginning of that verse in all versions exhorts us to make every minute count. Each one should spur us on to make the best of every moment…

“…so make every minute count.” CEV

“Making the very most of the time…” Amp

“Take advantage of every opportunity.” CEB

“Use every chance you have for doing good.” NCV

“Make good use of every opportunity you have.” GNT

“Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days.” Phillips

“So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!” Msg

Some versions say to redeem the time. The Greek word means to buy up, ransom, to rescue from loss (improve the opportunity).

I love that. Improve the opportunity. Use the opportunities presented to you to improve them. To bless someone else. To stand up for what is right. To smile at someone or give them hug. To give a word of encouragement or love. Or do as David did and be the victor over the enemy.

Don’t waste a moment. Do all you can do for the Lord and allow Him to do all He can for you. Put all your moments in His hands and He will fight for you. He will be with you just as He was with David…

“David continued to succeed in everything
he undertook, for the Lord was with him.”
(1 Sam. 18:14 TLB)

May your New Year be filled with special moments and may you make the most of them all.

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

 

A New Year’s Letter to a Friend

A New Year’s Letter to a Friend

My dearest friend,

The Lord has placed it on my heart to write to you, to encourage and uplift you, and maybe even to inspire you to live your life a little closer to Him throughout the New Year.

Though you stand on the verge of this land of the unknown, you will find this year to be no different from the last, in the sense that life offers no smooth rides. Deuteronomy 11:11a says, “But the land you are about to go into and take for your own is a land of hills and valleys.” (NLV)

Hills and valleys will be present just as they were last year. They will supply an abundance of opportunities, interests, learning, joys, sorrows, and, yes, even testing and discipline.

However, dear one, take courage from God’s Word.
Deuteronomy 11:12 says, “The Lord your God cares for this land. His eyes watch over it from the beginning to the end of the year.” (NLV) And so His eyes are upon the land of your journey, for He cares for it from the beginning to the end.

In your journey, you will encounter lush, green hills of the Lord; stand upon their summits and take in those sweeping vistas, not necessarily as telescopic views into the future but as windows upon the present, to give you a God’s-eye-view of your circumstances, of God’s working in your life.

Just over some of those fruitful mounts may be valley lows and wilderness days. You may feel blighted by the frost of relationships or swept away by the winds of adversity, but the Lord of the hills and valleys walks beside you through each one.

Not all valleys are parched, devoid of verdant beauty.
Someone once said, “The hills collect the rain for a hundred fruitful valleys.” The land of your new year is cared for, watered from heaven and watched over by the eyes of the Creator, and He will make all your valleys fruitful.

How is this to be? As the Lord told Israel through Hosea, He says to you, “All your fruit comes from Me.” (Hosea 14:8b NLT) And Jesus reiterated that assertion, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” (John 15:5 NKJV)

Abide in Him, my sweet friend, in this year’s journey and you will be fruitful through all you undergo.

When you come upon a misty valley of uncertainty, depression, or unforgiveness, do not linger in there. You will miss the beautiful heights of glory just ahead.

And when a mount of circumstance rises up before you, do not be afraid to ascend that hill. You may be dismayed by its height and vastness but one step at a time will bring you to those heights of glory unknown before. And no matter how steep the way seems, keep your eyes on the way before you; your climb will be that much easier.

The Lord will lead you gently through each day, each season, each circumstance. As Jacob said to Esau in concern for the herds and the children in their journey, so you can take this verse to your heart as from the Lord, “I will lead on slowly at a pace which…the children, are able to endure.” (Gen 33:14 NKJV)

The Lord knows the way; He leads on gently.
Not allowing more in your path than you can handle. Do not be disillusioned at the seeming darkness on your path; He will be your Light, your Guide, your Strength, your Peace, and your Comfort.

There are miles to cover this year, tests to take, new things to experience, gifts to discover, moments to breathe in, promises to possess, and sins to release.

May you go forth to possess each gift, each promise, and each day’s delivery of the Lord, to conquer each challenge you encounter, and to be the victor and not the victim of its confrontations. May your journey through the New Year be guided and protected and may it be filled with abundant blessings.

And remember, He will watch over you from the beginning of the year until the end.

With all my love,

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

New Year’s Soup

New Year’s Soup

Last year, I read a post and the last sentence made me think, “And the empty pot awaits, ready for a fresh batch.”

It reminded me of the story of Stone Soup. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a synopsis of this version of the story:

Many years ago in Eastern Europe, people hoarded their food in a time of famine. One day, a soldier wandered into a village and asked to stay for the night. The people told him to move on as there was no food.

“Oh, I have everything I need,” he said. “In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you.”

Pulling out all he needed from his wagon, he filled his cauldron with water and built a fire for it. Then, he took a velvet bag and drew out an ordinary stone and dropped it into the water.

The rumor of food spread and the villagers came to the square to find out.

As the soldier sniffed the broth, he said, “Ahh, I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage – now that’s hard to beat.”

Soon a villager brought him a cabbage he’d been hiding and added it to the pot. Then, the soldier said, “You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king.”

The village butcher brought out some salt beef and added it. Over and over, the soldier raved how good the soup is with added potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on.

Villager after villager brought out the necessary ingredients until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

With all the added ingredients, the soup turned out to be delicious.

~If your year was anything like mine, the cauldron of 2013 contained a variety of ingredients, some positive, some negative, and flavored with a dash of hope and a soupcon of joy or maybe even en grande quantité.

Now, the kettle for 2014 is empty and sits waiting to be filled, ready for all the ingredients of a new year.

What ingredients will fill your New Year? What will fill your heart?

I pray the Lord will fill your New Year with hope, peace, comfort, joy, and an abundance of blessings.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
(Rom. 15:13 NKJV)

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

Your Word for 2013

Your Word for 2013

by:  Staci Stallings

When the CrossReads Team was getting together and designing the initial site, we posted a little bit about each of ourselves on the About Page.  Team member Heather Bixler added “Heather’s Word for 2013.”  When I went to write mine, I already knew my word as it had come to me back in late November when CrossReads was no more than a thought in God’s mind.

I don’t think things are random.  I think God often puts very definite pieces into our lives even if we don’t quite know where they fit at the time.

My word that continued to whisper in my soul was “Healing.”  It was very clear to me how many people are hurting in this world, how many people need God’s healing to touch their lives in a significant and deep way.  I began to sense God calling me to make Healing my watch word for 2013.

So it was with a smile that I read my Team’s words.  Heather chose HOPE and Shelley Hitz chose FAITH.

As with so many other things “God,” it amazes me how well things fit.  It’s not an almost fit, or a kind of fit if you make it work.  It is an amazing, wondrous, beyond anything you could envision fit.  And so it is with the three of us and these three words.

You see, I believe that real healing in God starts with faith and ends with hope.  The faith required is that of the size of a mustard seed–nearly none at all.  So if you’re hurting, realize that it doesn’t take mountains of faith or effort.  It takes the FAITH to simply finally come to the point where you say, “God, I need help.”

As you seek Him in your life, holding onto faith as you go, healing will come.  People–the right people–will come into your life.  The Holy Spirit will begin working miracles in your heart.  As all of this happens, you will begin to feel once again what HOPE really means.  Living rather than just existing.  Triumph even in the face of trials and storms.

So now we ask you to share with us as 2013 gets underway, what is your Word for 2013?  Why is it significant to you? How do you feel God working in your life in that area?

Feel free to post and tell us below!

Have an inspired day!