[CF Devotionals] 2017-01-02 - Happy New Year

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I won't be brought down by the enemy as long as I stand strong with the Lord. (see Psalm 18:17)

Lord, Please help me to stop putting things before You. That’s my resolution, along with a dozen others I care not to mention, the usual ones for me, like exercise, patience, and relax often. But above anyone or anything else, I crave the Lord. I am blessed when I seek Him. I know what it is like without freedom and peace. Not this year!

It sounds like a momentous task but I won't be frightened because God's with me. He'll see that everything is finished correctly. (1 Chronicles 28:20) Phew! How reassuring to know that God is always with us. John 15:5 states He is the vine and we are the branches. We can do nothing without Him!

I pray the Lord helps me to hear Him in the everyday moments, like each night's sky. Some nights the pink and purple hues and vibrant, other times the sky is a sea of yellow. For me, knowing there will be a present in the sky each night is reassuring. It's one of God's gifts that I am trying to not take lightly.

Lord, Thank You for moments that offer encouragement. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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