Category: Hope


Welcome to a New Year! Did you know that you have the opportunity to make a brand new start for this new year? Whether 2011 ended favorably for you or not, you can leave all the past worries, concerns and frustrations at the door step…no need to bring it into 2012!   There truly is so much out there in the world today that can bring a person down to their knees…which actually is the best place to begin fresh and anew.

If you were like me, you may have had a year full of transitions where you had to let situations, relationships, or negative ways of thinking go. I learned this last year that whatever I tried to cling to for suppport, apart from God, was like quick sand. I began the year having to adjust to living life without the secure, unconditional love of my parents. My dad passed away a year earlier after struggling with a long illness. Five months later, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She died the following month. With the rest of my family living far away, never had I felt so lost and alone in my life. I found, unfortunately, that not everyone I turned to had my best interest at heart, leading to more feelings of abandonment. The one thing that kept me going, was knowing that no matter what I was feeling, I knew in my heart of hearts that God was there for me and would never, ever leave. He is the Rock of Ages, that is always steadfast, unmoving and unchanging. There is always hope in Christ. Isaiah 43:18 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”  It’s time to let go, forgive when needed, and move forward to the new things that God has before us, knowing that it will be good because He is good!

So then, if you’re not already down on your knees, you may want to get there and ask the God who can fix everything that is broken in your life and make it brand new again to come into your heart.

If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart, whether this is the first time or the umpteenth time, just pray this prayer:

“Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I confess that I’m a sinner, and ask that You would come into my heart, and wash me clean with Your blood. I’m done trying to live on my own. I need You to lead and guide me. I choose to follow You and make You my Lord and Savior for all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

If you said that prayer, you should know there is a big celebration going on in Heaven right now over your decision to follow Christ. The angels are rejoicing! And best of all, your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 22:27)

Happy New Year! God bless you!

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It’s Just Temporary…

The holiday season is a wonderful time filled with friends, family, food, music and fun.  It’s a time to create lasting memories to cherish with loved ones and give thanks for all the blessings we’ve received from God above.  For some, however, it can be a a bittersweet time to remember  loved ones that have passed on to eternity.  My dad passed away on Thanksgiving weekend in 2009 and as I come upon this second year without him, it’s comforting sometimes to remember that all of this is temporary.  I wrote this today while reflecting about the up-coming week:

 

 

A Day Soon Coming

A day is approaching and even now coming
When hearts will no longer be broken. 
Words will be used to heal wounded souls
And curses never again be spoken.

And it shall be as it was meant to be,
Before the dawn of time
Where grief and sorrow have no dwelling
And neither a rock to climb.

Where love shall shine so brilliantly
Causing the light of the sun to fade.
Joy and peace will flood every heart
As new heavens and earth are made.

Until that day let us abide in Him
To strengthen and encourage one another,
Keeping our hearts knitted in grace
And tightly bound together.

Be blessed!