Hello! Did everyone make it through the holidays ok? Can you believe they have already come and gone? Just last week was the anxiety of getting everything done and now the holidays are over. 2012 has also come to end and some people are sorry to see it go, but I think most people are happy that it’s over especially because of all the heartbreak and natural disasters we have seen in these last 2 months.
The good thing about the year ending, is that we can leave behind all the things we tried to do, thought we could do, but didn’t do. All of the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” no longer matters because we could only do what we could do with the time, knowledge and strength that God had given to us at that time. I don’t know about you, but, I tend to punish myself for all the things I wanted to do but didn’t. Actually truth be told, I actually did the new things I wanted to do. Where I fall short is where I didn’t “un-do” all of things I wanted to do. However, I am making the conscious choice to forgive myself of what I didn’t do and put that on my “to do” list for the New Year. Yes, that is my corporate decision. I think people by nature have good intentions. The problem with that is when we do not fulfill our good intentions, then we get angry or disappointed and we waste a lot of unnecessary energy feeling lousy about it instead of putting that same energy towards something productive. I wrote myself a proverb many years ago regarding this, so I will share it with you…”Good Intentions do not always bring about good results”. I found that to be true when I did not fulfill my intentions for good towards someone else. That was my expectations-no one put that on me but me.
But here’s the good news…the past is now gone-it’s over! It is a New Year! That means it’s a New Beginning! God is so good because He will cause something new to happen in our lives. I must share (again) one of my favorite scriptures of God’s wonderful truth…”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Do you see how every morning can mean something new for you through Jesus? All one needs to do is to ask Jesus in to their life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As we end this year, I would love to invite you to put your old life behind you and then accept Jesus, who brings everyone newness of life. The only thing one needs to do right now is to ask Jesus to come in to their heart, ask Him to forgive you from all of your sins (past, present and future), believe that He was born of a virgin, that He rose up from His grave after being buried for 3 days, then ascended back to heaven from where He came and believe He is coming again. He automatically gave us the option to accept new life when He died on the cross and took our sins unto Himself so that we can attain His new life once we ask for it.”For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
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I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Blessed New Year as you get to know Jesus and all the new things He wants to share with you. I pray that you Walk Every Day with Grace.
In His Love,