ON THIS NEW DAY

ON THIS NEW DAY

© 2018 Michele Krile

It’s not just another day, starting fresh from here
I embark eagerly upon this New Year!
So I wonder, Lord, how to make tomorrow even brighter?
You know where I’ve succeeded, and the mistakes needed to get there
You see my regrets and how I want to learn an even better way
Not just for myself, but for those whom I love and care

I reminisce upon those glorious instances
That impressed joy and peace upon my heart
Lovely times I’ve offered to another, a part of myself
When a two-way blessing burst within ourselves
I breathe in the sweet air of helping and giving
And keep in mind how You, Jesus are our Hope in living!

You, Lord are my inspiration and reason to wake
Thank You for the blessing of family and friends
Remind me to love for not mine but Your name sake
Lest my heart be incomplete, full of pride and conceit
Each day this year I ask you Lord,
Keep me humble, yet confident in who I am in You

This year will be so full of opportunities!
Thinking of me, I’m prone to wanting my own will
Then, Lord, I sense You tugging at my heart
I breathe deep, Your voice indescribably still,
Reminding me to wait, to contemplate,
To consult with You first, as God of the universe

Shhh, listen, Can you also hear Him say…

Come away with me, make My will your priority
And I will envelope you in My love and peace
My glory will be your protection.
When you seek My direction,
On this new day, my Light will guide your way

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Hi, friends! I am excited to start up my weekly blog again. I took a break when I became pregnant with Aaron, our third child. Please bear with me, as I try to find my momentum again. If you have not yet, please enjoy the previous seasons of blogs. Don’t be afraid to comment and share 🙂 . For this blog entry, please forgive me for meshing a couple topics into one.

Wow, can you believe how quickly 2017 zipped away? Replaced with many possibilities for 2018! I like to remain flexible with goals, so I do not make New Year’s resolutions in the traditional sense. (More on this next week)  I do anchor my hope in Jesus, in who He made me to be and function within His marvelous plan. I do not pretend that I can do absolutely everything, as I respect that there are limits. However, who am I to establish those limits?  God will stretch my “limits” as I let Him.

The Bible teaches us to “…number our days, so that we will grow in wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12. Numbering our days = using God’s wisdom. This does not limit us in the quality of our life, though our days are limited.  God’s wisdom helps us to make the most of the days we have! So, how does one get God’s wisdom? The Bible also says to seek [wisdom] and you will find it and “whoever lacks wisdom, ask…” We will get more into the subject of God’s wisdom in upcoming posts. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

To reach our potential in different areas of our lives, we need to use wisdom to know when to be persistent in action, and when to be patient before acting. Did you ever think, though, that patience can be an action? Active in praying, in giving of ourselves and in being positive until we know when to move in a certain direction. Waiting on God never is passive, nor a waste of time!

Quite a few years ago I worked in retail management.  In my daily interaction with customers, coworkers and employees, I enjoyed encouraging people and just letting them know that I cared. So often I heard negative reactions to “Have a good day.” and “How is your day going?” I felt we all take what happens to us so passively. “I have no choice.” I’ve been dealt a bad hand” “They gave me a raw deal” I know life is hard. But I got to thinking… I decided to change how I asked people about their day, to help them think differently, to get out of the rut, and not take a “victim of life” mindset (that is not to discount true victims, just the mentality). Psa 37:3

So instead of “Have a good day,” How about, “Make today a good one!”  Instead of, “How is your day treating you?” Try, “How are you treating your day?” As difficult as it may be, you can choose your attitude, and how you respond, no matter what is going on around you!  Col 3:23

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you have given your life over to God, then you, my friend are victorious! Even when things are tough. The past, present and future belongs to God, as do you. He plans the best for you, which is not always the easiest way. Take heart, with our heavenly Father’s help and guidance, you can make the most of every day in this New Year!  Make this year a good one!  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…

  –  Prayer  –

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for a New Year! Help me to learn from last year. I ask for Your knowledge to guide my thoughts, your love to guide my heart, your strength to guide my body, and your wisdom to guide my life.

Happy New YearScroll down for full Bible passages


NEW… I want to include a new, fun addition to my blog, featuring special people and  special things I have found that you might find interesting or beneficial. (Thinking of a name… My Special Corner?)

I recently met Mary Kay Cahill, in my online business circle. I wanted to order some jewelry items from her KEEP collective catalog for Christmas and birthday gifts before the end of a sale. She stayed up late to answer my questions to help me order. Since I’m a night owl, it was natural for me to share a Christmas poem with her and we got to talking late and just hit it off. She is a gem of a friend now, as her personality sparkles with God’s joy even online! She’s a keeper. (puns intended 😉 )

I love KEEP Collective.  Why? You pick your “Keeper” (various bracelets, necklaces or keychains) and then add charms one or more at a time, as you can afford them, or as new ones come out. I’ve never been big into jewelry or into spending much on me, so I love that they regularly put various pieces on sale. Mary Kay opened an online party so I can share this all with my readers.  And just until Jan 29 she will give you free shipping!! Absolutely no obligation. If you are interested, Click this link to browse or order for you or for a gift: www.keepcollective.com/soc/0lb0u    

Check out the deals and try the fun gallery 🙂 . Here is a photo of my leather Keep bracelet, with the Tank Timekey, the silver JOY charm and two other colorful charms all in the sale section!

 

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Bible passages for your Understanding

–> As always, I encourage reading the whole chapter to understand the context.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

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Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

IN CONTEXT –  4:10-13 NKJV    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
 
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  (Look for a full devotional on this in an upcoming blog post)
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James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
IN CONTEXT  –  JAMES 1:5-8  
James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
​To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:  ​Greetings.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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Psalm 90:12-14 (NKJV)

12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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Psalm 37:1-7

Do not fret because of those who are evil

or be envious of those who do wrong;

for like the grass they will soon wither,

like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the LORD and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the LORD,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;

trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the LORD

and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

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If you are interested in delving deeper into the Word of God, the Bible, I encourage you to use some of the helpful study tools that I love:

ONLINE / APPS:  http://www.BlueletterBible.orghttp://www.Biblegateway.comhttp://www.biblestudytools.com ,  and                                                              

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “ON THIS NEW DAY

  1. Happy New Year!!!
    Colossians 3 really spoke to me today.

    Often I feel bitter. I am so grateful for my career… but it requires a lot of work! I have bitterness toward my boss for many reasons… even justified ones. However, I do not serve my boss. I serve the Lord. I don’t see a lot of people during the day, but I get to know my clients pretty personally – especially this time of year. It is a chance to show Christ’s love. To spread joy. To be a light in dark times. It isn’t about working for my boss. It’s about using the position I have to work for the Lord where he has me today.

    Looking forward to 2018!

    • Happy New Year to you also, Amanda! Yes, God knows all about the reasons you feel you are justified to hold resentment against your employer. (Perhaps there are ways to better that, but I won’t go there here) But as you said, as a Christian you are called to represent our great Redeemer, who pours out His love and grace and exemplified selflessness. Stay strong!! So, showing that bitterness would 1) misrepresenting Jesus and 2) it can cascade into sin, then you would lose some of if not all of your witness. Let go of the bitterness, as it only hurts you and hampers your witness. (A passage that comes to mind Ephesians is 26“Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.)

      Yes, you are working for your heavenly Father and while you may not be properly treated or compensated in a job/career/relationship, you will be blessed by your obedience and humility. In this you can be confident that when you see Jesus, you will hear Him say, “Well done, My faithful servant.” Thank you for sharing how this devotional relates to your situation. I will keep you in prayer. Let’s stay connected. Stay in the Word, stay close to the Lord, my new friend :-). 1 Thess. 5:12-28.

  2. Michele, your poetry and all you have written here definitely comes from a place of pure love and is absolutely beautiful! It is clear to me that God has given you the gift of writing and a true insight that you so eloquently share with others. Your words have truly touched me and I’m so glad to have met you. Keep sharing!

    • Hi Mary Kay! Thank you for such a generous compliment. I cannot take the credit, God gives me the passion. When I ignore it, I feel stifled; when I heed it, I feel alive with the fire of Christ! However, I have to say today’s poem that I wrote in a couple hours, is def not my best, as I rushed it to make sure to make the Jan 1st deadline! But it is the message that matters. I’m delighted this has inspired you. So nice also to have met you, my sister-in-the-Lord! ‘Tis no coincidence. 🙂 Keep in touch.

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