Happy New Year to all our Christian Reads friends!
So now it is 2017. Yet we’ve all seen it, year after year.
It’s a new year! Lose weight! Organize your clutter! Exercise! Make time for quality endeavors!
Bombarded by all the hype, we jump on the resolution bandwagon, disappointed if we fail or can’t keep up with the promises we made to ourselves.
Resolutions can let us down, but God’s Word never will. In His Word we find that health, relationships, spiritual growth, and much more, are all important to God. If it wasn’t, he wouldn’t have blessed us with the living word.
So instead of making a list of things we want to change, how about listening to God’s revelation for us in this new year instead of thinking we can do it all by our own counsel? Isn’t it better to know that God is guiding us, rather than hoping we might figure life out?
Last year, I made a pointed decision to spend more quiet time with God so I could hear His voice. I went back to basics. Reread scriptures that had always given me hope and peace. Scriptures that spoke to my life. I studied the Word in a deeper way than I had done in a while. Meditating on God’s Word has a way of leading one into a conversation with God. And as I’ve always known, when I needed Him, He never let me down.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
What an awesome picture of our mighty God!
I encourage you to make 2017 a year of revelation. Listen to the voice of God. Seek Him out. Strive to make this year an even better walk with the Lord.
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of fourteen novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in a new series, Amish Inn Mysteries. Look for A Wedding March, her March 2017 Harlequin Heartwarming release. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books