THE ABC’S OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
THE A – Z DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR ’95
BY THETUS TENNEY WITH PAM NOLDE
I ran across this idea in a daily devotional by Dorothy Shellenberger. I don’t even remember the book’s name, but I copied a page dated January 11. It was a resolution to memorize and practice a new kind of ABC’S. I’ve modified the list and come up with several of my own. I share them with you here. My new year’s resolutions … in alphabetical order.
Acknowledge (Proverbs 3:6). “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” As events in the world around us proclaim it to be the end-time, there is not time to wander down paths of my own choosing. I must have His direction and in all my ways, acknowledge Him. Bear (Galatians 6:3).
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” There is no life more wasted than one spend on selfish gain. I am surrounded by hurting people in need of the balm of Gilead. My problems are small compared to those of some around me. Therefore, I will take time and make the effort, to give someone else rest. I will, like Simon the Cyrene, step up beside someone struggling beneath the load of their cross, and for a few steps along the way, give them rest by bearing their burden.
Count my blessings – like the song says, “name them one by one”
Delight in the Lord. The Psalmist said, “Delight thyself also in the
Lord” (Psalm 37:4), He wrote, too, “I delight to do thy will, 0 God”
Eat wisely; exercise regularly. I cannot forget that my body is the
temple of the Lord and I am responsible for its care and keeping. (I
Faithfully serve. My husband often says that we live our, entire lives
in the pursuit of seven words, “Well done, thou good and faithful
servant.” More than ever before in 1995, I will be a faithful servant
of the most high God.
Go the second mile (Philippians 3:14). The world is people trying to
do the mile faster and easier – and maybe even shorter. But I will
commit myself to be a second-miler. I will not do the minimum
required, but the maximum of which I am capable.
Hide the Word of the Lord in my heart (Psalm 119:11).
Imitate Jesus (John 13:35). I have recently re-read the classic, “In
His Steps.” In 1995, 1 will ask and answer the question, “What would
Judge not (Matthew 7:1).
Kindness will be a rule and practice of my life at every level
Love God, love people, love the Word, love worship. I will be a loving
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord – Psalm 66:1-2.
Neglect not. I will not neglect the gift (I Timothy 4:14)
nor will I neglect “so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). 1 will neglect
Offer the sacrifice of praise – Hebrews 13:15.
Pray about everything Philippians 4:6.
Quench not the Spirit I Thessalonians 5:19.
Remember and remove not … I will remember and remove not the
landmarks in my life (Proverbs 22:28).
Stretch out my hands toward the needy, the wounded, the weary, and the
well (Proverbs 31:20).
Tell someone I love them; then tell them again (Romans 5:5).
Uprightness will be practiced in word and deed (Isaiah 33:15).
Visit a shut-in (Matthew 25:36).
Wait on the Lord for renewed strength (Isaiah 33:15).
“X-cell” (I Corinthians 14:12).
Yield to the Lord (II Chronicles 30:8).
Zealously pursue God, spiritual gifts, and good works (Acts 22:3, I
Corinthians 14:12, Titus 2:14).
THE ABOVE MATERIAL WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEBRUARY 1995 ISSUE OF REMNANT
MAGAZINE, AND WAS WRITTEN BY THETUS TENNEY AND PAM NOLDE. THIS
MATERIAL HAS BEEN COPYRIGHTED AND MAY BE USED FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY