A new year, a new beginning

“and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise,
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbor,
Thee, O Son, at my helm
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.”

Twice now we’ve been given the following scripture:

“I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” Philemon 1:6

As we look ahead to the unknown of 2015 with eager anticipation of what Jesus has in store, I pray for boldness and a strong anchoring in Jesus. I want my faith and relationship with Jesus to be a hallmark on my life, that steers and infuses every meeting, every new friendship, every obstacle on our path. May every proclamation of His goodness bring us into a deeper understanding of who He is!

a prayer from:
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise,
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbor,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to Thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,
Thy comforts to cheer,
Thy wisdom to teach,
Thy right hand to guide,
Thy counsel to instruct,
Thy law to judge,
Thy presence to stabilize.
May Thy fear by my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy.

Amen

Praying that our family and yours will be faithful to join God’s healing work in the lives of those around us and that we may all experience the joy of transformation and new life!

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