Dear Friends –
I hope your holiday was filled with a sleigh-full of Christmas joy and love. (If you’re one of those folks who had a “White Christmas”, please don’t tell me, I just might get jealous.)
Christmas in Texas was happy and fun, but it flew by way too quickly.
It seemed like one minute we were putting up the tree and getting together with friends, and then the next, it was Christmas Eve.
Alas, we had no snow, but it was sweater-wearing, wear-your-hat, cold.
We hunkered down, played games, and lit a cozy fire in the fireplace.
We didn’t roast any chestnuts, though. (Does anybody really roast chestnuts, or have we been duped by that song all these years?)
Christmas movies took over our TV.
I’m not sure how it happened. They just took over, like they do every year. (wink, wink).
Feel free to call me a Hallmark Channel addict. I can always figure out the romantic endings before they happen, but who cares? (as long as the guy gets the girl)!
Goodbye Christmas, Hello New Year
Can you believe 2018 is here?
A New Year can bring with it exciting opportunities.
We’re already working on our list of “things to do,” which by the way, includes several more trips to the gym.
Darn all that Christmas food. No one can eat just one.
How about you? Do your New Year’s resolutions include losing some Christmas pounds?
Or maybe pursuing a new job?
Planning for a new baby?
Considering a fun vacation?
There’s so much to look forward to and yet, along with the good times, no doubt, the year 2018 will also have its share of challenges.
Challenges Will Come
Challenges are a guarantee. (Sorry about that, but the Bible tells us so.)
Please allow me to help.
Here’s my number one, please-pass-it-on, don’t-forget-it method to help you face the New Year with more confidence.
It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are. Keep praying for His guidance.
Two words packed with meaning. (It’s in big print, because it’s so important.)
He knows what He’s doing. (also important).
I know, I know, as humans we sometimes think we can do things better and faster.
Father, forgive us when we try to get ahead of You.
There’s a big difference between asking God “why?”, and blaming God.
Corrie Ten Boom, a Holocaust survivor, knows a lot about suffering in life and yet, with great humility, she yields her trust to God.
Wisdom From Proverbs
We may not like some of the challenges to come.
It’s human nature to want them all to be over with. (like, yesterday).
I get it.
We should trust Him, even when we don’t understand, and our hearts are downcast.
Going forward, we’d do well to commit Proverbs 3:5-6 to heart.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6, (ESV).
When you look in the mirror each morning, remember that you are loved.
Bumps and bruises will come as you learn life lessons in patience and perseverance.
Please don’t lose heart.
In a topsy-turvy world where words like “Compassion” and “Grace” are sometimes lacking, as Christians, we know the living God Who created those very words in the first place.
Trust Him, and He will lead.
Happy New Year 2018, and thank you for stopping by!
*Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
**Corrie Ten Boom quotation, as quoted from Christian quotes.info