It's been a very long time since I considered making a resolution at the beginning of a new year. It's something I just don't bother with, but since January 1st I've been seeking God's word in a fresh way, or perhaps I should call it a more 'refreshing' way.
What is sitting right on my heart for 2017 is a desire to trust Him deeply, to lay aside my plans and desires, to acknowledge His sovereignty over my life and allow Him to lead me along a path of His choosing.
Since New Year I've been reading the gospel of John, slowly absorbing the story, the words, the ministry of Jesus. When I read the words in red I let Jesus speak directly to me, making His message a personal one, as though it were just He and I in the conversation, as though I alone am His pupil and He my teacher in a classroom like no other....and it's changing me.
He and I have only just breached chapter 6 and the feeding of the five thousand, because I keep going back, keep returning to what He said before, keep letting the words of life and understanding wash over my mind, renewing it as only His words have the power to do.
And this is what happens....there's a refreshing of love, a renewing of faith, an increase of hope taking over my heart and mind.
It's a truly beautiful thing, this profound washing away of things that have been holding me back from a closer walk with Jesus, and I know there's still more cleansing to come as I soak my life in His words this year.
So this is my personal resolve in 2017.
To soak myself in His words, to hear them and let them take root in my life, little by little pushing out the weeds of the world which have gradually cluttered my mind and heart.
To let His Word nourish the soil of my understanding so that good seed will grow and flourish and be evident in all He calls me to do and be.
To read His words personally as a conversation between He and me so that I never bow to thinking 'this is for others' but acknowledge what He says is always, always applicable to my own life and I have a responsibility to obey.
I accept there will be opposition from the enemy, there always is when I speak out for Jesus or adjust my life to being more reflective of Him, but there is no other way I can take, no other Saviour to follow, no One I love more than my Jesus.
I'm happy in this resolve - hopeful, excited, refreshed and happy.
May your new year bring you closer to Jesus too.