Happy New Year to each of you faithful readers on the Scarlett Road! Twenty-twenty-two’s arrival was a bit bumpy for several reasons; I will be sharing more about each of the reasons in the coming days. But for now, (?!) a grandbaby due this month is taking large quantities of time and energy since big brother is not allowed at momma’s doctor visits. 😉 A rewarding bonus though: the grandson and I have been bringing in the new year with joyful singing. He received a blue tooth microphone for a gift and is totally into the www.praiseInMotion.net music. Few days have seen this much entertainment as “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among [our]selves, and making music to the Lord in [our] hearts” (Ephesians 5:19, NLT) burst forth, spontaneously. My desire for 2022 is for extemporaneous praise to be a part of each day.
What is more, I chose to download the DWELL app and become a member which brings spontaneity to hearing the Word through the day. I even read along at times while walking on my treadmill. There is nothing like allowing the Word of God to permeate the mind and heart. And I just love how God, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, enlightens the eyes of my heart to what I need for a given moment, day, or year! As I listen and read along to God’s instruction to Abram and the patriarchs to “dwell” in the land, God increasingly placed upon my heart this wonderful word: DWELL. The Apostle Paul penned the perfect verse for this new year:
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”Colossians 3:16, NASB
I want my year to be characterized by “dwelling” with Him and His Word “dwelling” in me while exuding spontaneous praise.
The grandbaby due this month, has “dwelt” inside his mother’s womb for the appointed days. So, last night her body began to say time is up. Although a lengthy night and day of contractions have not encouraged his departure, and even now I sit at my desk praying he will find a new home, dwelling in the arms of his parents; As we are certainly ready to break forth in spontaneous praise!
Let God’s Word dwell and sing with thankfulness in your hearts all year!