Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

The Reset Button

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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The new year has already begun. What a great time to set goals, re-evaluate priorities and make plans for the future. We embrace this yearly ritual because our mind is stimulated by the thought of starting over again. This symbolic process of hitting the “reset button” in our mind has value in that it helps in the process of renewing our commitment to creating a better year than the previous one.

As we mentally press the “reset button” we are attempting to return everything back to its original status. This is not possible but it can jumpstart our efforts to make the most of what lies ahead for us. Our reaction to an adverse situation is often the catalyst in determining its outcome.

Isaiah 43:18Isaiah 43:18
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

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– 19 NIV tell us “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Do not dwell on what happened last year. Change your focus. Start looking ahead. Seek a new vision in your life in the current year. With God’s help we can accomplish much for Him.

The Lord says

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Where’s January?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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Have you ever seen one of those perpetual calendars with blocks that can be changed on a daily and monthly basis?  By turning each block to the correct number to represent the day of the month or another block to indicate the name of the month, a whole new day begins? I have one on my kitchen counter that was given to me many years ago as a gift. My calendar even has little blocks that can be inserted in the top to represent the various seasons. Right now it has a snowflake on it. Ugh!

On the first day of January of this year I was methodically changing my perpetual calendar. It was easy to find the number representative of the day but finding the correct month was a little more difficult. Needless to say, January had slipped all the way to the back of the pile. As I was frantically trying to find it, I kept muttering to myself, “Where’s January, where’s January”.  At last, I found it.

januaryFor most of us, January represents a new beginning. It is another chance to start over again by doing those meaningful things in our lives such as spending more time with God, our family and friends.  Philippians 3:13-14Philippians 3:13-14
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13 Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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NLT admonishes us to focus on one thing:  “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven”.

Where’s January? It is in the privilege to forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead all the while keeping our focus on Godly endeavors. I hope you find your January!

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Blessings and Beyond

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to reflect back on the blessings God has given us throughout the previous year as well as to set goals, re-evaluate our priorities and make plans for the future. Our prior year’s calendar is a way to gauge in capsule form our effectiveness and involvement with our family, church and community.

Of course, one of the first things we do is to organize our calendars for the upcoming year. Whether it is a visible calendar placed on a wall, table or desk or some sort of electronic scheduler, we all live by the clock and calendar. In other words, we are constantly looking beyond.

The launch of a new year is a good time to reflect on our personal ministries. A person’s daily activities should always reveal the love of God to others. Not only should we minister to our family but also find ways to be involved in the care and concern of others. In other words, how can I be a blessing? This will assist us in becoming more aware not only of the “blessings” we receive but to see “beyond” to the needs of our fellow man.

God’s blessings to us are innumerable; however, we need to look beyond as to how we can minister to others. Then, as we share through our ministry, we will be truly blessed. Thus . . . blessings and beyond!

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In His Time

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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“He has made everything beautiful in His time: also he hath set the world in our heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11Ecclesiastes 3:11
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

11 He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.

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As I start another new year, I am reminded of the chorus we frequently sing at church, “In His Time.” It seems impossible that a year has passed since I started posting blogs to my web site, “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey.” What a journey this year has been. I have successfully written and published over 40 blogs.

My web site, “So You’re the Minister’s Wife”, www.soyouretheministerswife.com has required ongoing persistent attention. I have gone through boxes and boxes of treasured snippets of information collected throughout the years. I continue to put some of this information on my site as time allows. I will probably wear out the boxes from constantly pulling them out of the closet and going through them over and over again.

I have inserted ads, moved ads, taken off ads, submitted my site regularly to search engines and posted status updates on several popular social sites. I added a favicon to each page as well as valuable clipart. I even totally changed the appearance for ascetic quality and better clarity of information. Whew! It has definitely been a learning process.

So as the song, “In His Time,” goes, I must begin another year of being patient (not a strong attribute of mine) as I strive to make both the web site and blog better and a valuable resource for pastor’s wives and other Christian women. My ultimate goal, however, is to be a blessing through these endeavors. I am convinced it will all fall in place – in His time.

May you have a blessed and happy 2011!

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