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Praise the Lord Sunday – New Beginnings

“The Lord is on my side.  I will not fear.”  Psalm 118:6

Praise the Lord for new beginnings.  It’s wonderful to wake up to new opportunities and challenges.  During Biblical times, people celebrated the Year of Jubulee.  In that year everyone’s slate was wiped clean no matter what you had done.  So everyone had a brand new beginning.  For example, if you were in prison, you were set free and provided a fresh start.  It could be something much smaller though.  If you were at odds with someone, the slate would wiped so that whatever happened never occurred.

Well, if you get excited about that, then I have good news for you.  Every day we have the opportunity to ask for forgiveness from God and others.  Regardless of how people react to you, if you go to God with a pure heart and ask for forgiveness, you will be forgiven.  Oh, and God doesn’t keep track of all your mistakes.  You have a clean slate to start anew.  Now, that’s good news.  Praise the Lord!  While you are talking to God, don’t forget to thank him for all your blessings.

Enjoy your day and join me in praising God!  God bless you.

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Reflecting

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we find ourselves entering the Christmas Season.  There are so many things to be happy about, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the season, along with memories of loss or images of sadness and dread leave us feeling a little bit drained.  This is a great time for reflection.

At first you might think that I’m referring to refelections of Christmases gone by, and there certainly is nothing wrong with starting there.  Today, I challenge you to take this exercise a little further.

Think about where you were 10, 20, 30 or more years ago.   Did you see your life unfolding as it has?  Did you imagine yourself with your partner and family?  Did you see yourself in your current career, children and life?  Do you think it all happened haphazardly?

About 40 years ago I had dreams of being a music teacher with four children living on a beautiful river.  My life went in a different direction as I made daily choices and had to learn God’s many lessons along the way.  Today, I’m a city municipal development director with two children living in a suburban neighborhood.

Of course, I’m not finished yet  Recently I decided to go back to school for my PhD in theology.  Why?  People ask me every day and all I can say is “I don’t know, but I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do.”  As I read my bible daily, I receive messages from God and I have faith that he will lead the way.

I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect andhave Faith in God to lead you.

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