Happy New Year!

2015 is already here; gosh time is truly flying isn’t it?  I really hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s break and are settling back into the swing of things…

As we know, the trend of the end of every year is the dreaded RESOLUTIONS. Resolution can be defined as ‘ a determination to do or not to do something’. I must confess I didn’t make a list of resolutions this year – every time I went to, The Holy Spirit would nudge me and remind me that in order to have a new year I need a new mind in the areas he’s been talking to me about. That’s right – in order to have a new year, and to not REPEAT 2014, a NEW MIND is a NECESSITY. And how do we get a new mind? Well Romans 12:2 tell us how

‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Can you imagine? By simply renewing your mind, there’s such blessings attached to it, and most importantly you will be able to test & approve God’s will FOR YOUR LIFE! So that tells me, just because the date on the calendar has changed, does not mean you or I have! Change isn’t automatic but it is the only constant.  It’s a continuing process, a continuing seeking of God, a continuing seeking His face & a continuing pressing into Him, bringing Him in. That’s how this year will be the ‘your year’, with all those cliché’s attached. You CAN have a new year and a new you, by His grace, by seeking His face. But why limit Him to a new year; God wants you to have a NEW LIFE. After all, that’s why Jesus came that you may HAVE LIFE & have it in abundance (John 10:10).

With all that being said, every year so far The Lord has given me a foundational scripture and this year has been no different and I’d like to share it with you. This year my scripture is:

Jeremiah 29:13

Jeremiah 29:13

I have a tendency to be independent in my walk; trying to go ahead with life without Him in certain areas. I guess thinking ‘why would The Lord who created Heaven’s & Earth care if I couldn’t (for example) a pair of shoes I’ve wanted for so long?’ Or why would He care what gym I attend? Why would he care about the v-lookup formula I struggle with at work? HE DOES. A relationship with Him requires total dependence. I’m learning to include Him in the little things, even a simple prayer such as ‘Lord I need You’ and as I include Him, He shows up & lets me know that He’s there. I’m learning to take everything to Him first, and in His own special way He’ll supply or let me know that He’s heard 😉

Jeremiah 29:13 in the NLT version says:

‘If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’

I was struck by how short that sentence was, but on studying it how much substance & promise it has.

To Look for something by definition means ‘to search for, to SEEK WITHOUT DISTRACTION.

Wholeheartedly by definition means ‘free from all RESERVE OR HESITATION‘. That means full surrender; to turn independence into dependence.

Every time I thought about writing this blog, The Lord would give me a vision of a hide & seek game (it’s also called Hide & Go Seek). Do you remember that it as a child? I do, it was SO much fun! The anticipation & expectation of being able to search out & find who I was looking for kept me focused on the seeking & finding WITHOUT distraction. The act of moving was the seeking, which enabled me to find who I was looking for. And The Lord reminded me that the person hiding NEVER MOVES (well unless you’re my older cousin who used to make it practically IMPOSSIBLE for me to find him and I would end up crying because I couldn’t find him), but even when he would hide & hear me cry he would call out so I could hear him, he’d make it a little easier for me 😉 Usually however, they stay within the location they originally hid. I also remember the elation when I found who I was seeking – gosh I would go and play it now if I wasn’t older now! Lol! And that’s how the Seek & Find promise works with God; He will make sure you & I will not be disappointed when we find Him, but in order for Him to be found we must seek Him. That could be in prayer, worship or bringing Him more into your life with daily decisions, devotions etc.

It’s on my heart to let you know that He cares for you! He truly does.

Just a reminder ;)
Just a reminder 😉

Psalm 55:22 & 1 Peter 5:7 in the Message Version tell us:

‘Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.’

What a friend we have in Jesus?! What a Father we have. In order to receive this promise, you and I have a part to play…we have to cast our cares in order to receive his help 🙂

I’m excited for this year; it includes travel & exploring, food blogging, ministry, COOKING & EATING (my main favourite activity ;), exploring new delicacies, but most importantly enough room & FLEXIBILITY for God’s will to be done.

I would love to hear what The Lord has been speaking to you about for 2015, if he’s put scriptures on your heart for the year etc. If anything, let our resolution (the thing that we determine or not determine to do) be to seek Him with all of our hearts.

 We are His...We are His…

Love EML xx

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