January 2018

1 Chronicles 16:11 – Seek the Lord and His strength, seek  His face continually.
Psalms 105:3-4  –  3.  Glory  ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.  4.  Seek  the Lord, and his strength:  seek his face evermore. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   We eagerly approach this time with high expectations for ourselves and what we can accomplish *this* year.    Our goals frequently  involve a list of New Year resolutions where we try to inspire ourselves to make changes in our lives, like losing weight, getting physically fit, accomplishing career goals, changes in relationships, travel, hobbies.    All positive and healthy, no question.    I read a list of my own from a few years ago, some I had achieved, others  I am still working on.   But as I thought about it, I realized there was a glaring omission.    My spiritual life!    How much stronger would our lives be if we focused our energy on spiritual fitness!    In particular, our prayer lives.    What if we set  goals of strengthening the time we spend with God?    More time spent talking with Him, listening to Him quietly, being open to His leading, keeping a prayer journal, lifting our friends and family up and also our church, our communities, our nation.   We can expand our relationship with God through these powerful conversation times.     Think of the possibilities!    So this year as we reflect on changes to improve our overall lives, let us also focus on developing a stronger prayer life and submitting our lives more fully to His will!  

GUIDED PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we thank you for a new year filled with wonderful opportunities to make positive changes.   But this year, help me to grow in my spiritual life and mature in my times of conversation with you.   Help me to listen better and to act on the ways you lead.   Thank you for your love and mercy. 

As always, thank you Lois Powers for your writing and insights.