Monday, January 21, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: New Beginnings and Bible verses

A New Year, A New Beginning
A devotional by Nanci Rubin

“Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.”
 ~Psalm 51:10 (KJV)

This Scripture strikes me as one that could easily be construed for a new beginning, a clean slate upon which one can write. Happy New Year to everyone. I can’t wait to see what God will do in this new year. He never ceases to surprise me and He reveals himself in so many subtle ways. 

A good example being when I ordered some Amaryllis bulbs for the holidays and as they began to bloom to my pleasant surprise there was an Avocado seed in there, I was beyond delighted. God knew how much I love Avocado plants. I felt He’d given me a special present and it touched my heart in such a way that it made me weep. 

Surely God is a giver of good gifts! Just like it says in James 1:17 (KJV): “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, and with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” 

After a half century of living I’ve finally learned not to make resolutions I can’t keep, not to go on diets that I won’t stay on and not to join a gym that I won’t go to six months down the road, no matter how many health benefits it offers. What I do try to do is wait upon Him to show me my course for the new year. I have been perpetually blessed by new vistas, new friends and new opportunities. I truly believe each one is God ordained. If He has taught me anything it is the art of waiting. 

While I wait, God's promises found in The Holy Bible. Psalm 37:23 (KJV) encourages my heart. It says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way.” 

May we all learn in this New Year, to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading. For many of us it’s not just another New Year, but perhaps a new season in our lives. New challenges, but no matter what we’re facing He has the solution before we know the question.

This is my advice to you: Trust God to guide you and He will. Our choices have consequences. Our every action has a reaction. God is for you. He doesn’t work against you and He truly does want you to succeed in everything you undertake. Remember Romans 8:28 (KJV) which says, 
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Let us be an example of God’s mercy and grace to everyone around us. Let this be a year of new beginnings. Let us put aside any pettiness we may harbor and not forget to be kind.


Author Bio: 

Nanci is a poet and short story writer published in Cypress NewsFamily Times E-ZineFree Verse and the Commonwealth of Poetry

She belongs to RWA, ACFW, and Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild where she’s enrolled in his novel writing program.

Nanci lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and cats, Romeo and Juliette, along with their newest member of the family, Roni, a seven-month-old Goldendoodle.

Recently, Nanci completed her debut novel, A Betrayal in Cross Keys. It is an Amish romance that she has placed in her agent's capable hands. The rest is up to God.

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