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JANUARY - New Beginnings

January is almost over and this message was written to start your year off with a word of encouragement to begin new and fresh.  February's message is already written and this one is just now getting posted.  Sandi has a heart to minister words that will touch the hearts of those whom she knows and to those who visit her site.  As the one  who manages her site,  I apologize for the delay.  Please read her message and if you've already began your year the way she encourages you to, good for you.  Keep it up!  Come back next week and we'll start February with her word of encouragement for that month.  Enjoy the word she has for you today!



“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2


January is a new year, a fresh beginning for us to start each day with a word of prayer.  It only takes a moment to remember our Lord.   You can be walking, running or sitting in a car when you pray…he doesn’t care where, but he does care about you.  When you start your day with the one that made you and knew your name in the heavens before you were born, that alone, is something to be thankful for.  


God made man in his own image and he said it is good.  We find this in the Bible, in the book of Genesis the first chapter verse 27.   Did you know God loves to hear your voice?  Everyone was given a different voice … something special just for you from God to set you apart so when you call out to Him he hears you. That alone blows my mind.  Just in the United States alone there are 325.7 million people and each of us have a different voice.  God made each of us special for his purpose and he loves each of us.


God said in Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave you nor forsake you.  If you are born again He is living within you, as he is in me, and we have resources to draw upon that non-Christians know nothing about.  Take time daily to be alone with God, regardless of pressures or schedules.  Pray about every problem, whether large or small.  The Bible says, ‘don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 


My prayer for you is that 2019 that we keep our ears and our hearts from clinging to the things of this world.  May we keep our whole being fixed on you dear Lord and be humble and respectful towards others and honoring You all our lives. 

December - A Time To Remember

  

  

  

I absolutely LOVE Christmas because it reminds me to focus on the things that are really important in my life; like God, family and good friends.


Christmas for me wasn’t always happy.  When I was very young I lived in a Christian orphanage.  It wasn’t until I was 6 ½ that my father’s mother took my brother & I to live with her.  She was poor and rented rooms in her home to pay the bills.  My brother and I begged grandma to let us put up a small white artificial Christmas tree - that was a big deal to me.


One year I didn't get a Christmas present and it had a lasting effect on my young life.  Not understanding why, I asked my grandma why I wasn’t going to get a gift and she told me it was because I had been bad all year.  Looking back at this situation the truth was she just couldn’t afford a gift. 


It’s not the price of a gift you give, it really is the thought.  The thought you put into the gift for that special someone.  Sometimes the nicest gifts are the handmade ones.  When you are buying a gift for someone special try to think what they would really like…perhaps they are ill or going through a bad season in their life and instead of a material gift they would like you to pray for them or bring them a meal, or simply come visit with them and spend not money but time, time is so precious, it really is the most costly gift when you think about it.  Time is something we can never get back, we can't really put a price on it, so to spend an hour with someone who is going through something or feeling a bit down is the most precious gift you can give them.


This has been said many times, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still true and vital to remember - we wouldn’t have Christmas without Jesus.  Make Him your best friend.  Give Him the gift of your time, He loves you and is waiting to hear your voice.  He is available any time, 24 hours a day.  If we keep Christ in our hearts Christmas has no end.  



14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV

2 Corinthians 9:15

   Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 


Jesus was and is the best gift we can receive or share.  Share the love of Jesus  and give the best gift ever this year!

 

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