Hey friends, Happy, happy, beautiful, great, fabulous and fantastic New Year! How are you today? We usually ring in the New Year with other members at our church service and this time was no different. We began the New Year fellowshipping and reminiscing and as always there’s food, although I am on a diet. Did I tell you, that’s one of my goals for2019? Yes, unfortunately I need to lose some weight. I do enjoy exercising, that’s not the problem. The difficulty is I like food more. Pray for me, the older I get, the more difficult it is to lose weight, even ten to fifteen pounds. I am open to suggestions of exercising in the winter; usually I don’t have a problem when it’s warmer outdoors. I have decided that you all will be my accountability partner. Although I will not share my weight [it’s too embarrassing) I will share with you, whether I’ve met my weekly goal of losing two pounds of more. Please feel free to join me, if you wish. We’ll be conquerors together. I will confess now, I’ve had pizza and we went out for dinner with girls, last night. Let’s start Monday, shall we? Is everyone on board? rom 5 20
Remember, we decide what adjectives we will assign to 2019. I have decided that 2019 will be better than 2018 and 2018 was a wonderful year. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me and you this year. Are you ready? I am not so sure I’m ready, but I will take it one day at a time. We will lean on the mercies and grace of a Loving and Gracious God. When we become discontented or frustrated with our lot, we will ask our Good Father to forgive us and we will accept the joy and peace, He alone can give in return. John 10 10
Were you one, who couldn’t wait for 2018 to come to an end? I’ve heard so many people say goodbye to 2018 with such joy and relief. We are aware, aren’t we, that our circumstances and situations do not control our actions. As Christians, God does (active) or He allows (passive). When we leave this earth, we take nothing and no one with us. In this present life, our Lord is concerned with our ‘becoming’ or our character. He uses our everyday life to develop and mature these characteristics, such as humility, patience, goodness, faith.gal 5 22 23
Let’s not despair when difficult and hard circumstances come our way, I know, I am talking to me too. This year will bring difficult days, my friends. That’s inevitable, at that time, we may think that’s unfortunate, but ultimately, we will, if we remain faithful, experience the goodness of the Lord.  Let’s walk together, in 2019. Let’s pray for each other, let’s… rom12-15.jpgclosing1