At the end of each year, I begin seeking God for the word He wants to use in the new year to breathe spiritual growth into my heart. Each time I hear or read the word, it causes me to pause, reflect, and remember the Lord and what He is doing in my life. I’m not proud of this truth, but sometimes in the midst of the rush of life, I forget to call on Jesus.
This year He gave me two words; renewal and Jesus. When He first dropped His Name on my heart, I thought to myself, ‘Jesus? That doesn’t make sense. I know Jesus is the embodiment of EVERYTHING.’ I thought it was just me and pushed it aside. It wasn’t until two weeks later when He also gave me the word renewal, I realized it was Jesus who gave me His sweet Name.
Just hearing His name throughout the year will bring renewal. 💗 I love that God chose renewal instead of renew or renewed. Renewal means ‘the state of being’ made new, fresh and strong again. It’s ongoing. It goes hand in hand with being a work in progress. As I progress throughout the year in my walk with Jesus, I will be ‘being made’ new, fresh and strong again in Jesus. I absolutely love that!!
He loves me and you so much, He gave us His name to call on daily. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Did you hear that? EVERY morning!
Jesus’ steadfast (faithful, reliable, true, constant, loyal) love and mercies (compassion, forgiveness, leniency, kindness, tolerance, grace) are new ‘every’ morning. Did you notice ‘mercies’ is plural? He doesn’t give us mercy one time and then He’s done with us. ‘Alright! You had your mercy. Move on. Next!!’
I need His mercies and fresh grace every day. 💗
The book of Psalm is full of medicine for our souls.
In Psalm 34:18, we read, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 73:26 reminds me that though my heart and flesh may fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 9:9 “The Lord defends those who suffer. He protects them in times of trouble.”
I was challenged by one of my recent devotions to say, “Jesus, I trust you,” every time it feels like thing are crashing down on me.
Jesus truly is the lover of my soul. I realize I have nothing, I am nothing and I can do nothing without Him. But, because of Him, I have everything, I am everything and I can do everything. I am His princess.💗
Life is so full of ups and downs, quite often I feel like I’m on a roller coaster. And those times when it ‘feels’ like the Lord is no where near, I have to hang on with all my might. Thankfully, He never lets go. 💗 There is so much power in the name of Jesus.
I’d like to challenge you to say Jesus all throughout your day today.
He’s got you covered and loves you probably more then you know. 💗
Jesus … Jesus … Jesus
God bless you and have a wonderful love-filled day!!💗💗
Love, Susan Parish