Tony and I have made some significant moves in our married life together. We moved from the States to Italy when our first daughter, Liliana was just a baby. We couldn’t take with us everything we owned but we did take things that we needed and that were important for us in that season of our lives.

Then we moved to Singapore when our girls were still young. Again, we had to decide what we were going to take and what we were going to leave. We brought some books, some clothes and our daughters.

Then, when we moved to Australia, what was important to our girls as little kids was not important to them anymore and we shed lots of things because what was important in Singapore was not going to be important in Australia.

In our walk with God as Christians, we can often accumulate stuff that is extra and additional to what is really important. They are like extra baggage that may have been important at the time but as we move from season to season, they become less important.

Just after Christmas, I spent some time talking to God about what was really important to me and what I wanted to take with me into this New Year. Something came strong into my heart. I have known God, and continue to know His presence and His person in a real and intimate way. But I want the God who I know to be the God of my children and of this generation. I want them to know what I have known, experience what I have experienced and more! And there is more! That to me is important in this season.

As we move into this New Year, ask God about what you need to take with you. Tony had a word from God for the New Year. He said “Clear the Slate”. Let’s shed those things that have hindered God’s move in our lives, even if they were important to us in the past. Let’s determine the way God is moving, and take with us only that which will help us move with God.

Hebrews  12:1-2 … let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.