All Things New…

Happy-New-Year-Images-2016-advanceHey – I know it’s January 8th, but Happy New Year! (True story: I actually gave out the last of my Christmas presents last night to the men in a men’s Bible Study group I attend – so if you think my New Year’s wishes are late, remember that it’s all relative for me.)

I love that our God is a God who loves new things!  In Revelation 21:5, God is seated on the throne and says, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  In Isaiah 43:19, he says through the prophet, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”  Every sunrise brings a brand new day and his mercies are new every morning!  Before you know it, winter will turn to spring and creation will display its newness everywhere with budding trees and blooming flowers.  And all of it will renew itself again in the course of a year.

God also likes newness in our lives.  The psalms command us in several places to “sing a new song.” When we are in Christ, we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).  Maybe that’s why we love to greet the New Year with lists of resolutions and goals as we constantly strive to make it the “best year ever.”  I’m no different in this regard and I often set goals in my personal and professional life.  Although it scares me to share these with you for fear that I may  not reach a lot of these goals, I wanted to let you know some of the major things that I hope to accomplish if it be God’s will in 2016.

GOAL NUMBER ONE: Become a Prayer Warrior

I just recently watched the movie “War Room,” which is the story of a woman who mentors a younger woman whose marriage is about to fail in the area of prayer.  I highly recommend you renting it if you haven’t seen it.  It is an inspirational film and it makes me want to grow in my own prayer life.  My men’s small group is getting ready to start a follow-up study on the movie and the topic of prayer and I plan on reading a couple of great books on the topic as well.  Which brings me to…

GOAL NUMBER TWO:  Read More Consistently

I have always been a big reader, but in the last couple of years I have had trouble consistently finding the time to read.  Reading is a necessary skill in my line of work (in law school, students read 100-200 pages a night, especially in their first year) but I love to read books in all areas of life.  I plan to read the Bible from cover to cover this year; I have done this a couple of times before, but for the last couple of years have been reading sections of the Bible more closely instead of trying to get through the whole thing.  I mentioned the books on prayer and I always tend to read books about worship, leadership, music, and any topics that I want to learn more about.

GOAL NUMBER THREE:  Improve My Music and Share It With More People

I have lots of things in mind for my music this year.  As those of you who follow the blog know, I wrote a song every week during the fall as a personal challenge and finished with 13 songs!  Now, they aren’t all songs that I will use or release but using them as a foundation, I hope to release two EPs this year with my original songs and also some covers of other people’s songs.  Along with releasing the music, I’ve asked a close friend to help me produce videos for some of these songs to post on social media and hopefully share my music with more people.  Look for a redesigned webpage at pretty soon as well.  I also set a goal of leading worship more often at church and God took me up on that pretty quickly as this Sunday I lead at our 11:00 service for the second time in as many weeks.

GOAL NUMBER FOUR: Blog More Consistently

Here’s the really tough one – I would love to post something weekly to this blog and I am going to try my best to make it helpful and meaningful to your lives.  Life has a way of interrupting that pattern, but hopefully you will enjoy reading along with me.  If you are subscribed to my mailing list, you’ll get an email each time I post a new entry.  If you aren’t subscribed, you can do so by clicking here.  I won’t share your email with anyone else and I won’t send you a bunch of unwanted stuff either.

Thanks for your support and your prayers!  I hope that together we have a great 2016 as we see what God has in store for us!  Do you have any New Year’s resolutions or goals that you are still willing to talk about on January 8th?  If so, leave a comment – I’d love to hear about them and pray over them for you.

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