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Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Thoughts, New Choices, Same God - Always Faithful

New Years is always a time for looking back, reflecting on the year, looking forward, and resolving to do better in the New Year.  This process of reflecting and resolving seems to be an inevitable part of the human experience.  Many times this involves doubting oneself, feeling guilty for things not accomplished, complaining about all the bad things that happened, and rejoicing about all the good things.  In all this reflecting and resolving are you taking into account God and thanking him and asking him for help in the new year and what He wants to do for you in 2011.  The following are some thoughts and questions that made me think about what occurred and what did not occur in the past year and how God’s plan was perfect even if I didn’t seem to see it then.

Did you take time to thank God for all the blessings in your life or just grumble to Him about all the not so great things that happen? 

Did you see the little blessings even in the most irritating of moments?
Know that God has a plan and that at that moment you were exactly where he needed you to be

How did you serve others over the past year?  Your family, friends, co-workers, people you saw that were in need?

Did you keep your promises?  When you give your word, do people believe or just blow it off?
Is your word as good as a bond, do people respect that when you give your word things will get done or do they blow it off as he/she says it will happen but we will see.  When you make a promise keep it, your word is your bond make sure it has value

Where did God fit in, was He first every day, or was He squeezed into those few spare moments
God wishes to be a part of our everyday and every minute, never forget that He is always there even when it seems like you are the desert places with no one around

Did you fight for life, and for the culture of life, and most importantly for those that do not have a voice, the unborn, and the elderly?
Life is precious and every life has dignity imbued by God in creation, I challenge everyone to be a voice for the voiceless and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves

As we make resolutions for the New Year, resolve to put God at the center of whatever you do and in this knowing that whatever you do is part of His plan for you.  Suffering and struggles in this world are passing and cannot compare to the Joy we will have in the next life.

Final Reflection:
On this day, God wants you to know... that tonight you can turn your worries to God, and have a good night's sleep.  You have been worrying too much about the future lately.  So tonight, go ahead, put your faith in God, and just have a peaceful evening and a restful sleep.

Numbers 6:22-27
“The LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you:  The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  "So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them."

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