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Pastor’s Corner

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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S DAY! Isn't is refreshing to start a whole new year? It's the same way with a brand new month, or week, or day. It's even the same way when are given the opportunity of beginning a new endeavor.

So let's STOP and reflect on what new endeavor are before us that we can begin anew? Maybe a new friendship, or a fresh fellowship with our living, loving Savior. All of these special things are the joys available to us that we should never neglect. Why not stop and reflect on these new challenges that are before us?

Now let's go to our Father and surrender ourselves to these new opportunities and His new joys that He has in store for each of us this New Year. As Psalm 27:14 says, "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD."

This challenge is laid out four times in the Bible, so this attitude of surrender, dependence, and expectancy are evidently needed in our hearts and minds. For we can either look at our future with hesitancy, fear, anger, or excitement. It's all up to us, YOU. What will be the outlook and attitude that you take in this New Year? Just remember my dear one, your future has much to do with your mindset.

Sooooo, Move Forward, not in your own wisdom and strength but in His, for He cares for you and your future. There are no surprises in our future as far as our Father's plan. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, "says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

Open your heart and mind today, now, "For I know the plans I have for you,... plans for good ... that give you a (bright) future and (meaningful) future.

This promise reminds me of when Nehemiah led Israel away from slavery into freedom in the Promised Land. They began this new endeavor of beginning anew before God. In Nehemiah 7 they began by recounting the historical, record of each family, and tribe, and then they began the process of sacrificing to God and purifying themselves before God then rebuilding the temple. They first came together and read the words of God, and because of the special words of comfort and joy they wept because of His many promises to them as a people.

Then in Nehemiah chapter 8:10 he said to the people, "... Don't be sad! This is a special day for the Lord, and He will make you happy and strong" Go my friend and make today a day of joy and hope, for He wants to make you strong and happy.

brenda x

Happy New Year!



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