Making Fresh Footprints in The Snow
Scriptures to Help You On Your Journey
How will you make fresh footprints in the snow this year?
January 1st has already past, but it’s not too late for us to make fresh snow prints in the snow, I mean New Years Resolutions.
Today we will look at some scriptures to consider as we set our goals to follow in Jesus’ footprints.
We also know that most of the resolutions we make end up not being kept or we just did the list for fun with no intention of keeping them.
Others, have decided to make goals instead. Why? Because goals imply that we also have a plan of action to follow through on them.
Starla from You Matter Mission decided to keep her New Years resolutions down to 3 things – thus making them more manageable. — “It’s the start of a new year and you know what that means; New Years Resolutions! Like many of you I have told myself that this year is going to be different. I am going to conquer my long list of to-dos and accomplish my goals! As I think about this new year and my resolutions for it I am approaching 2017 with 3 G’s in mind; Goals, Growth and Grace.”
Important to Me
Like Joshua, I made the decision a long time ago that “I would follow the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).
Each new year involves an examination of how I have been following the Lord so I can example that to my family, friends and strangers. (2 Corinthians 13:5.)
Questions I Ponder
How was my personal time with God? [prayer, study, meditation, relying, trusting, etc.]
- I willingly follow God into acts of service on His behalf?
- My footprints stay on course?
- They stray on the snow pathway of life?
The answer to these questions is very important to me. As I know that your answers to these things are very important to you.
We Need To Be Patient With Ourselves
As we examine ourselves, we can see the areas where we have grown and the areas where we still need to grow.
This reminds me of a saying, I heard many years ago: “Please be patient with me, God isn’t finished with me yet.”
Let’s EXAMINE OURSELVES WITH PATIENCE, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient to help us move towards His character in our lives.
The great thing about our walk with God resolutions – is that they are meant to be re-evaluated and tweaked often, not just on January 1st. However, January 1st helps all of us see things from a fresh perspective. How will I put my footprints in the snow this year?
REMEMBER: IT’S A PROCESS, NOT A ONE-TIME EVENT. If we fall down we can with God’s help get back up and continue to move forward. If we stray, all we need to do is say “Jesus help me” and He will and we will be back on the correct path. (The straight and narrow one – Matthew 7:13.)
With this in mind, I thought I would share several scriptures to ponder as you examine and decide how to follow Jesus this year. May the Lord order your footprints and grant you even greater success that last year.
Let’s make footprints in the snow – Scriptures
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11)
Do Not Worry
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34).
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23)
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalms 119:11)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42)
Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7a)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10).
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17)
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)
An example of why waiting on the Lord is so important
There’s this picture, I’m sure a lot of you have seen, of a man with a pick axe digging through a tunnel. He’s working his way towards the diamonds and he’s been at it for so long it seems like all there is is tunnel. He’s working tirelessly trying to get to what he knows is there. Then, there is a second picture of him. It’s him realizing he’ll never make it to victory. He’ll never get the diamonds. So, he turns around and leaves the tunnel.
The thing is, what he didn’t see, if he had just struck the dirt one more time, he would’ve hit the diamonds. He was so close. [This post is worth checking out and is where I found this example: http://www.carmelaaimee.com/breakthrough-in-sight-2-lessons-from-2-kings-7/]
Don’t Grow Weary
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Let’s listen for the Lord and allow Him to help us order our footprints in the snow this year.
So we can have the best year ever.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Would enjoy reading your comments: What are your favorite inspiring scriptures?