The BEST New Year’s Resolution

…Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord,
And seek the Lord of hosts…
Zechariah 8:21 (NKJV)

Ok, ladies, the new year is almost upon us! Many of you have new year’s goals. Some of you are determined not to have any goals. Others aren’t sure. I’m here today to give you the BEST New Year’s Resolution that will cover all the other resolutions and goals. Here it is:

Meet with Jesus each morning for TEA!

When you start your day with Jesus, reading your Bible, He will guide you with His Word, showing you what should be your goal for that day or week. He will unfold His plan for you day by day, provide for all your needs, be your strength and carry you through whatever the new year brings.

If you’re like me, you began 2020 with a list of goals and hopes, only to have them dashed to pieces with Covid19, closures, and quarantines. My world was actually shattered even sooner when our granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer at the end of January. Only my first month’s list was completed. And yet, perhaps that’s all God wanted me to do this past year, as I prayed and wrote and loved and cried and shared…maybe those were the things He really wanted me to do, as I met with Him each morning for TEA.

If you’re wondering how to make this new year resolution work, please read, “How to Get Started with your Jesus TEA.”  Pick a Bible reading plan that works best for you. My favorite is the one found in Our Daily Bread (click “Read Now” by Today’s Devotional to see the Bible reading), but there are many other good ones, like on the YouVersion Bible App. 

Then, on January 1, get up, pour yourself a hot mug, and sit down with your Bible and Jesus. Let Him speak first through His Word, then use a favorite verse as a conversation starter, as you pour your heart out to God in prayer.  You can do this even if you are a young mom, for I began daily Bible reading and prayer when my boys were babies. I let them be my alarm clocks. 

Be blessed, dear prayer friend, you are jewels in Jesus’ crown!

…For they shall be like the jewels of a crown… Zechariah 9:16 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: As my pastor says, “Give the first cup of coffee to God.” Let’s give our first mug of the day to Jesus! Sit down with Jesus for TEA and Bible reading and prayer each morning. This will be your best new year ever!

You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.
Psalm 65:11 (NKJV)

P.S. Thank you for stopping by My TEA CUPP Prayers! If you enjoyed today’s devotion, you might also like to read my books, My TEA CUPP Prayers and Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers. God bless you, dear sister in Christ!

     

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

(Francis R. Havergal, 1874)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982

Tea in the Morning

j0155But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.  Psalm 5:3 (NKJV)

My dear Tea Cupp friends, today I want to encourage you to have TEA with Jesus first thing in the morning, as the sun is rising.  I know days get hectic, and some mornings the baby wakes up sick, and all kinds of other events clutter the morning hours.  But we are better armed for the battle, if most days we start by meeting Jesus for a quiet cup of tea.

Can you set the alarm a half hour early? Don’t check your smart phone or the the news.  Just heat the tea kettle, pour yourself a hot drink, and curl up on the sofa with your Bible and mug.  Here you will find the Word you need for the day. Here you will find strength for whatever you face.  Here you will find grace and mercy and joy and peace and wisdom and power and…….we find it all at the foot of Jesus’ cross, in God’s Word, the Bible, in the whisperings of  the Holy Spirit.

There are so many benefits to having a quiet time with Jesus at the beginning of each day.  Here are a few…

  • Jesus is First!  We always want our priorities to match our lives and vice versa.  If we really want Jesus to be first in our lives and hearts, we have to put Him first each day.  Give your Best Friend the start of your day!
  • Before the chaos.  We know how the unexpected can happen every day.  The phone rings with bad news, or maybe it is good https://onhealthy.net/product/lexapro/ news that takes time to relate.  The washing machine overflows. There is a knock at the door.  So many things can happen as the day goes on.  Meet with Jesus early before the chaos of the day.
  • A fresh start.  If you’re like me, there is always something from yesterday that needs forgiving, a wrong thought, a wrong word, impatience, etc.  Ask Jesus for forgiveness and strength for the new day.  Maybe this day will go better!
  • Marching orders for today.  It’s sure good to get directions for the day, before it begins.  If Jesus has a special calling for you, you’d like to know so you can be ready.  Sometimes He reminds me to text a friend or pray for a family member.  Other times there is a bigger call.  Keep a notebook handy to jot down any messages.
  • Leave your worries with Jesus.  Perhaps you couldn’t sleep last night because you were worried.  Don’t let those worries ruin your day.  Pour out your heart to Jesus and leave those worries with Him.  Petition the Lord for all on your prayer list.  Know that God has you covered today.

Today’s TEA CUPP: Come, come sit at His feet this morning. Pour a cup of tea. Start your day with Jesus.

In the Morning When I Rise Give Me Jesus

Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters… Isaiah 55:1 (NKJV)

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:37-38 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.