My husband and I would like to wish You and your Families a Blessed and Prosperous New Year. May the Lord Bless you and keep you!
May the Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! May the Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
And may you all have a Blessed, healthy and Happy New Year.
Lets chat about Resolutions!!
It's that time of year again where we make promises we often don't keep in effort to improve ourselves (or others) in one way or another. Every year I think about what I'm going to challenge myself to accomplish. Some people decide to join a workout or weight loss program and others think about getting their finances in order. I know there are many who plan to read the whole Bible in a year as well. There are countless things to commit to doing or changing.
This year I really hope will be different for most. I think the best way to make your New Year's resolution come to fulfillment is to start now instead of after the first of the year. I've started working on mine. My one set goal is indeed, for a new "me"!! Yes you read that right. I have a big birthday coming up next year and would like to have a new look to go with my new perspective on life (what God has been showing me in the Word). I would like a new hairdo, to lose some pounds, tan my skin since my current complexion is kind of pasty looking right now.
As I think about fresh new starts, I think back to conversations I've had with others over the years about "clean slates". Maybe as this New Year approaches, you recognize you're not the person you really want to be. Maybe you're ready for a change in your attitude or your actions. Whatever it is you decide, don't look at it as a year long commitment or a far set goal; take it one day at a time and seek the Lord in how He would form you as you allow Him. Decide today what kind of person you want to be from now on.
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1)
"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell and make a profit'; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." (James 4:13-14)
Give up complaining . . . focus on gratitude.
Give up harsh judgments . . . think kind thoughts.
Give up worry . . . trust divine providence.
Give up discouragement . . . be full of hope.
Give up bitterness . . . turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred . . . return good for evil.
Give up anger . . . practice patience.
Give up pettiness . . . put on maturity.
Give up gloom. . . enjoy the beauty that is around me.
Give up gossiping . . . control my tongue.
Make the most of today! May God bless your New Year as you seek His direction.