Fresh Hope – 10th January 2020

At times in life, things can get complicated. Scheduled gets busy. To-do lists get long. Diaries fill up. We overcommit to things. A straightforward project produces an unexpected problem.

At the top of the year, let’s begin to notice the moments where we’re being pulled in many directions and learn to get on top of it.

We can take our cue from Jesus himself who was often known to break away from the crowd to be alone with God.

Start the day right

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8

Start the day in conversation with God and entrust your day to Him, before you take in everything else that’s going on in the world around you.

Let the Word encourage you

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Even five minutes in God’s word can give you a fresh perspective and a renewed hope.

Make prayer a priority

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

If we’re honest with ourselves, one of the hardest things to do when life gets hectic or we feel overwhelmed is make proper time for prayer. The Bible never says that prayer ought to be complex. Write down what God has done already and thank Him, then tell Him what you need.

Switch off and embrace the silence

Being still and silent is profoundly simple but biblically powerful too. Just sitting in God’s presence is enough to renew our strength but we have to make time. It’s amazing what God can tell us, if only we’d be quiet enough to hear His voice.

I hope that these few things help you to unplug this year and draw nearer to God.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

A daily devotion for a better way of living.