New Year equals new opportunities, new outlook, and new chances! I love the beginning of a new year as it provides a chance to start over with a clean slate and positive outlook!! Just as each day provides a clean slate, so too does each new year. This year…expect the best, prepare for the worst, love boldly, laugh out loud, cry deeply, hope eternally, and live fully!! You never know when your life or the life of a loved one will be taken for none of us are ever promised tomorrow! Each breath is a gift! Don’t waste this year spending your life in anger, envy, strife, conflict, blame, guilt, shame, anxiety, or bitterness for they take away the joy and beauty of each day and take a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional toll on the quality of your life.
1. If you are angry, pray for peace and surrender to the Lord your anger.
2. If you are envious, try being thankful for what you DO have, for many others have much less than you.
3. If you are in strife or conflict with someone, apologize and make things right….even if you aren’t the one
who made things wrong (after all God forgives and makes things right with you everyday, even when
He was not the one who sinned or made things wrong!–just saying’).
4. If you are spending time blaming others for where you are and who you have become, decide to take responsibility for yourself and the direction of your life for only you have the power to change it!!
5. If you are stuck in a life filled with guilt and shame, pray, seek counsel, change your ways, and surrender it to God– it was Christ’s sacrifice that has covered ALL your guilt and shame with love, mercy, and grace at the cross!
6. If you are filled with anxiety about whatever you are facing, be it finances, family struggles,
employment, death, health, or anything else out of your control….rest in the arms of God.
Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you (more than you may ever know!!).
7. If you hold bitterness towards someone who has wronged you…let it go!!
It doesn’t hurt the other person, but it destroys you from the inside out!
Forgive and find strength in God to show mercy and grace, just as he has so freely given it to you.
Strive to make this year a GOD centered year, instead of a ME centered year and look forward to all that you will be blessed with! When your focus is love and peace, the world is so much better off….and so are YOU!
All my love ❤
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever.
~ Matthew 6:9-13 ~
I cannot pray ‘Our‘
…if my faith has no room for others and their needs
I cannot pray ‘Father‘
…if I do not demonstrate this relationship with God in my daily living
I cannot pray ‘Who art in Heaven‘
…if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things
I cannot pray ‘Hallowed be Thy Name‘
…if I am not striving for God’s help to be holy
I cannot pray ‘Thy Kingdom come‘
…if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life
I cannot pray ‘Thy will be done‘
…If I am unwilling or resentful of having His will in my life
I cannot pray ‘In earth as it is in Heaven‘
…Unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now
I cannot pray ‘Give us this day our daily bread‘
…Without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive
I cannot pray ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors‘
…If I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone
I cannot pray ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil‘
…If I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted
I cannot pray ‘For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever‘
….If I do not recognize and submit to the sovereignty of God’ that all people and things are under His control
I was so inspired by this at last Sunday’s sermon, I thought I would share 🙂 May the peace of God guide you and may your prayers be unhindered!! All my love ❤
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God,
for it is written,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him,
and if he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~ Romans 12:18-21 ~
When life appears dim, and circumstances are beyond your control, there is always HOPE!!
HOPE in God
HOPE in change
HOPE in beauty
HOPE in kindness
HOPE in grace
HOPE in mercy
HOPE in forgiveness
HOPE in tomorrow
HOPE in faith
HOPE in love
HOPE in Christ