Fresh Start - The One Year Wisdom for Women Devotional

Fresh Start

For attaining wisdom and discipline;for understanding words of insightfor acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,doing what is right and just and fair;for giving prudence to the simple,knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning,and let the discerning get guidance.

Proverbs 1:2-5 (NIV)

January 1: the very first day of a brand-new year. Picture with me this year laying out before you like a blanket of clean white snow. As yet, there are no mistakes, no new regrets, no fresh wounds to mar your path. This is the perfect time to let the past go and start afresh. As we begin in Proverbs 1, above, Solomon explains the purpose and life-changing effect the Proverbs can have.

But if you look around you, the pressures and influences to go in the wrong direction are strong—very strong. People are making foolish choices. Morality and integrity are ridiculed. God is mocked, the Bible neglected. Hosea said, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7, NIV).

Therefore, we must choose. W. C. Fields once said, “Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live fish to go against the flow.” So choose wisdom! God has not left us to chart our course alone. He’s given us his Word. Let me invite you to pick up a One Year Bible. It lays out a very doable reading schedule. It is simple and yet life changing. So today will you open your Bible to the first chapter of the book of Proverbs and begin this year as a journey to becoming a Woman of Wisdom?

Make It Personal . . . Live It Out!

Will you take a moment right now to personally picture this new year as a field of fresh snow? Now picture a ray of light marking the path. God has a promise to help you start your year right. He says, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come” (Jeremiah 33:3). Will you pray right now? As you pray, be aware and excited that God hears and is waiting to help.

One Year Bible Reading

Genesis 1:1–2:25; Matthew 1:1–2:12; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-6

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