Monday, December 29, 2008

New Beginnings

So, I was praying about the New Year, in different sorts of categories.

Ministry: Love! Be patient. Trust God. Ect. (Not very practical but much needed)

Family: Love, Laugh, Enjoy them.

Then to my surprise I added, My Thought Life: Memorize "Whatever is Pure, excellent, praiseworthy" verse. Do a study on "thoughts".

Here is the first verses I found: Eph 4:21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

I have been frustrated by my inability to act like a new creation. Is the key in our thought life and attitudes? Likely....

A New Year to learn more how to think like Christ and have an attitude that reflects Him and not my flesh. I am fine with that!

What is on your heart at this time of New Beginnings?


Anonymous said...

Weird, I have been hanging out with Philippians 4 lately too. 8 and 9 are pretty spectacular. Just when you think you got it figured out....

lazrus2 said...

I know I can begin to sound like a broken record here and on other blogs with my emphasis on prayer, but
"... if MY PEOPLE who are called by my name will humble THEMSELVES and PRAY and seek my face and turn from THEIR wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land."
2 Chron 7:14 NLT

'It'(actually HE) is the power source of any hope for change in any of us I believe.

I read Richard Foster's book, "Prayer" recently (though it's been around quite a while), and found it extremely confirming, yet convicting and challenging at the same time.

Oftentimes the most 'obvious', yet the least 'tried', becomes the most 'difficult' because we have an enemy who wants to keep it that way!

'Just my thoughts on 'new beginnings', for whatever it's worth.


tawny said...

Kristi, I think I read Paul's letters the most out of any part of the Bible. I am not sure why I love them so much. They are like a treasure chest. I find more and more riches in Christ, everytime I look. Things that have been given freely and yet are undiscovered in my life.

Dana, thank you so much for sharing about prayer. It is definately something we take too lightly and don't partake in as we could.