This year, instead of making my usual New Year's resolutions, I'm doing something a bit different. I am choosing a few verses to focus on, to use as a guideline, a goal for my life this year and to serve as a kind of filter with choices/priorities I make. The first of these can be found in James 4:8a (KJV): "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."
But how will I draw near to God and Christ? One way is in reading His Word, the Bible. This time instead of trying to read the entire Bible in one year (something I have done before), I am choosing smaller portions to ponder on a daily basis. This year I will be reading the New Testament only, supplementing this with Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament (prophecies given by God, through Old Testament people like Moses, King David, etc.) I will probably only read one chapter a day--the goal being not quantity but quality of reading.
Another way I am choosing to draw near to God is by Christian meditation---the type King David talks about. I am currently rereading Richard Foster's book 'Celebration of Discipline-The Path to Spiritual Growth' to help me in this (it is one of the books I 'devoured' when I was staying with my ailing mother last year--I absolutely love it! Another one of his is on prayer and I will be rereading it when I finish this one).
Other ways to draw near to God come to mind: fasting, prayer, reflective and uplifting music (some of my favorites are Jeff Johnson, Michael John Poirier, Jon Michael Talbot, Maire Brennan, Libera) praise, time in God's creation, etc.
Do you have a goal/resolution for this year?--
Photo: historic church near Oregon's coast.
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