Happy New Year 2019! Transitioning into the New Year can be tough for some of us. Maybe you’re excited to enter into 2019 because it feels like a fresh start or a new beginning. Whatever the case is in your life, we want to tell you that God has wonderful things in store for you this year! He has plans to prosper you and to give you hope (Jer. 29:11)! God wants all these for you and MORE but He needs something from you- your time. More than anything, God wants you to fellowship with Him.
For most people, a fresh start at the beginning of a new year means purging their closets and homes in order to “de-clutter” their lives. You may hear people use the terms “positive thinking” or “no bad days, just good vibes” as they try to rid themselves of the mistakes and memories they made in the previous year. This may work for a couple days or even a few months but if there is no substance behind those words or thoughts, they will inevitably fail at the whole “positive thinking” fad. For us here at JMM, the spirit of the Lord started to deal with us at the end of 2018 about what He wants from us in the New Year. We wanted to share it with our partners so we can start this journey together. He told us to spend more time in His Word and stop murmuring and complaining. Not only is it a sin before the Lord, but when we murmur and complain we declare God and our situation hopeless. This is a sign that we need more Word inside. Without spending time in the Word and with our precious Lord Jesus, there is no way to have a “positive attitude or positive thinking”. There is only so much that the worldly perspective of positivity can take us and that’s why we have to be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. As we begin to spend time in prayer and in His word, we will develop a grateful heart and attitude. Gratitude starts from the inside out.