Activated - - NEWS - Rosane Pereira is an English teacher and writer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional. By Rosane Pereira

AS I BE­GIN THIS NEW YEAR, I am re­minded of that pop­u­lar song of the 1970s: “Day by day, day by day, oh, dear Lord, three things I pray: To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, fol­low thee more nearly, day by day.” To see You more clearly… The Bible tells us that God is a Spirit, invisible, and yet we can see Him—in Je­sus, in the love shared amongst be­liev­ers, in the beau­ties of His world.

Love You more dearly… “Let us come be­fore His pres­ence with thanks­giv­ing.” I can show God

7 my love by thank­ing Him for His bless­ings. Psalm 118:24 says: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will re­joice and be glad in it.” I will try to main­tain an at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude each day in this com­ing year.

Fol­low You more nearly… This can be the hard­est part, but if I look to Him, and love Him, I will feel

8 His car­ing pres­ence gen­tly guid­ing where He wants me to go. And I can sing with the old re­frain: “My Lord knows the way through the wilder­ness, all I’ve got to do is fol­low. Strength for the day is mine al­ways, and all that I need for tomorrow. My Lord knows the way through the wilder­ness, all I have to do is fol­low!”

9 I will also ask for hap­pi­ness, which comes as we live one day at a time. Those who al­ways wait for grand oc­ca­sions in their lives to make them happy sel­dom are. I think that hap­pi­ness is bet­ter found by trea­sur­ing all the lit­tle hap­pen­ings of life.

And last, but not least, I will ask for peace of mind. Je­sus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” And Paul gives us

10 the recipe in de­tail: “Don’t worry about any­thing; in­stead, pray about ev­ery­thing. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 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.”

11 So that’s my plan for the year—or rather, my heart­felt prayer.

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