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What I Want Most in 2015

A new year, and a fresh start.

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Let’s be real though.

If I see one more post about A New Year, A New You, I might just lose my ever loving mind!

My.ever.loving.mind.

So none of that fluff today.

However, I think we can all agree for many people, the start of a new year certainly does center around goals and resolutions.

That’s what we’re talking about today.

I’m not a resolution-er.

By March I’ve forgotten everything and am likely back to my old ways.

I’m generally hopeless with those types of things.

However, this year I decided to resolve myself to one thing:

To love Jesus more than anything else in this whole world.

More than anything.

It’s something I say I do, but in reflection, I realize I’m not there yet.

Oh how I desire it, though.

It’s one thing I’ve already been seeking.

Not because it’s my will, but because it’s His.

Not so much a “resolution,” but more of a request I pray becomes a declaration.

I know in following after this one resolution request, I will become better in other areas of my life, too.

That doesn’t mean life will be roses.

Not at all.

Following after Biblical truth is often harder than anything else.

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After all, Jesus tells us wide is the road that leads to destruction, but narrow is the gate that leads to life and few people find it.

Loving God more than anything doesn’t mean life is easy.

Rather, in loving God more than anything, my heart is open to His spirit pouring out of me.

All Him, not me.

It means I can better love my neighbor as myself, love my family better, be a better employee, and be a better light for Him.

It’s nothing I can do on my own.

It’s His spirit guiding and leading me.

So what’s my 2015 implementation plan?

1. Ask

Yes.

Simple as that.

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1 John tells us that Jesus hears our requests and grants them whenever we ask anything that pleases him.

Plus, Jesus himself spoke about how much good the Father wants to give his children.

The key is to asking in accordance with his word.

Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31 we are to, “… love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

I am praying this scripture and asking Him to make it a reality in my life.

That His spirit will bring me into a deeper and more intimate love of Him.

Ask.

2. Scripture Memorization

While were talking about scripture, that’s another biggie.

Seeking after God’s will means knowing his word.

I committed to scripture memory last year, and am recommitting for 2015.

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I can’t even begin to tell you what a work God did in my life last year through learning his word.

It sure comes handy every day, from impatience with messy dogs, comforting a hurting friend, or seeking to find pleasure in mundane tasks.

Whatever the circumstance, I find truth, guidance, comfort, and peace in knowing His word.

The Bible tells us we are to meditate on his word day and night. That when we hide it in our hearts it keeps us from sin. That it lights our path.

It goes on and on.

If you’re new to scripture memory, start with two verses from Proverbs and memorize them in January. One every two weeks.

This week I’m memorizing 1 John 5:20. I’d love for you to join me.

3. Daily time with Jesus

If I wanted to love Will more than any man on this earth, it sure would be hard to if I never spent any time with him.

In the same way, to fall more in love with Jesus, I need to daily carve out time alone with him.

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I’m good about it during the work week, but the weekends are more of a challenge.

This year, I need to identify a specific time on the weekends to get away from distractions and draw near to Jesus.

To love and know him more means spending time with him in prayer and his word.

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There’s plenty more, like the things I watch and listen to, church attendance, etc., but the three items above are my personal plan of attack for falling more in love with Jesus this year.

I have so very many hopes and wishes for 2015. It’s going to be a big year for our family.

Loving Jesus more than anything is the one I want the most.

Thanks for listening today.

Do you have goals for your spiritual walk this year?

Also, is there anything helpful you’d like to see during these devotional Friday posts in 2015? I’d love to hear your input.

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More to come. ❤️

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