When a new year comes it is common to think about resolutions or new beginnings. Often we make resolutions and ask ourselves how can we refresh ourselves in an area of life or what is something new I want to begin this year?
So what new beginnings have you started for the New Year?
Put the Lord at the top of your daily to do list this New Year
This ought to be true every year and every day. This should be number one on our TO DO list! If it isn’t, then that is one of the new beginnings you could make this year.
TIME WITH THE LORD
- Study God’s Word. Why not study the Proverbs 31 Woman? She is a wonderful role model for all of us and how wonderful it would be if we could fulfill all her characteristics. But why not specifically look at The Proverbs 31 Woman noticing that she had time.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR TIME? (affiliate link)
- Life is short, so redeem the time – Psalms 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: There is a time and season for everything – Are we redeeming the time?
- Time is part of God’s creation with a beginning and an end. God created us and put us in this time zone. “Time is not flying by; we are flying through time.” ~M.S.
- Have an awesome respect for the Lord. If you do, you will spend time with Him; This is the secret to having time. Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- God created us: “In the Beginning God …” He was in the beginning and He should be the beginning of each of our days.
- Quality Time with the Lord is the Key to success. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
- We will never have time unless we make time. It is an act of our will. We need to wake up, greet the Lord and spend time with Him. When I do, my days is much more productive – yes, He gives me the time I need to accomplish my daily To Do list.
- God gives us enough time to do what He expects.
- You may know certain things that God wants you to do; He will give you the time and the ability to do these things. Lamentations 3:22-25 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Psalms 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
HAVE A PLAN WHEN READING GOD’S WORD
Maybe this is one of the new beginnings you could start this year. Perhaps you do read God’s Word, but have never had a certain plan. I find that it helps so much. Here are a few ways and maybe you can come up with your own. And by all means, keep a day by day journal of your devotions. I have been blessed over and over by going back over old journals and seeing and reading what God has laid on my heart.
Plan #1 – S.O.A.P method
This is a common method that you may have already heard about.
S=Scripture: Write the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
O=Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that struck you? This can be one sentence or a whole book.
A=Application: How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.
P=Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.
- Praise the Lord
- Confess Sin
- Read God’s Word
- Stop and Write Down Scriptures or Thoughts that God has given you
- Praise and then Thank again
- Read a passage
- Meditate: Ask the Lord to lay a certain Scripture on your mind for meditation that day. Write it down. Memorize it.
- Pray: Using that specific passage or verse, pray that Scripture. Write down your prayers and record specific answers
- Sing: Ask the Lord to give you a specific song or hymn that goes with the Scripture you are reading for that day.
As you read a passage, ask yourself the following questions:
- What does the passage say about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?
- What does the passage say about prayer or praise?
- What does the passage say about Christian Living?
- What does the passage say about Satan/sin?
- What does the passage say about family/self/others?
Do you see a command, a promise, sin that needs to be confessed or changes that need to be made? Write down any applications that you need to apply to your life and then make them a matter of prayer.
Or maybe you would like a bookmark in your Bible, like the one below, with a R.O.A.D. map reading plan.
You can keep it with you and it will help you with your daily Bible study. God’s Word is our road map for life.
Another idea is to follow along a plan you may find online. Here are a couple that I like:
The best one you can have is to spend time with the Lord. If nothing else goes on your list for the day, these two ought to be there!
- If you have a To Do List, Put Time With the Lord at the top every day
- Have a prayer time – Get alone with God. Don’t treat God as your servant; He is the master and we need to be His servant. We need prayer the most when we feel like we don’t need it. Our mood and attitude reflects our prayer life
So, how is your time with the Lord? Do you need new beginnings in this area? If you don’t have special time with the Lord, why not make this year a year of new beginnings by putting Him at the top of your To Do list?