New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Resolution
New Year’s Resolution

So here we sit with maybe some disappointments about the whole last year and maybe you thought you left the old baggage at the 20.15 terminal but it beat you to the 20.16 gate didn’t it? It arrived before you did and so here you sit on the brink of the first day of a new year and it’s the same old, same old. Wouldn’t you just know it? That’s because bad news travels fast, bondage doesn’t break easily and old habits die-hard.

Some things just didn’t go as planned and some things were left undone and some prayers weren’t answered and some things we just wish were different somehow. But they’re not, so ~ what do you do with that? Hey, you! There are things that we just can’t undo and some things that just can’t be made different by us. Those things we have to accept and place into God’s hand for good keeping. Habits? We can make our new resolutions and begin with every good intention to change, but the old stuff creeps back in as “Self” creeps off the altar of sacrifice. The loose end stuff creeps in to leave us reeling in guilt or fear or insecurity and disappointment and so perplexity reigns instead of peace and what do we do with that?
David knew all too well the evil about him, and invokes God’ s help while praising His character. He knew how to pray to our God of mercy and compassion. “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to You. Save me, for I serve You and trust You. Be merciful to me O Lord…..O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.” Psalm 86: 1,2,3a,5

So, beautiful soul, ask for God’s help as David did. Pray to our faithful God who understands all the chaos of your heart and knows about that baggage that haunts you even into the New Year. Pray David’s prayer or pray a personal prayer on this brand new day of a brand new year. Open the windows wide on 2016 and without a speck of fear or disappointment or frustration breathe in the fresh air and newness of life.

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A new resolution? Yeah, for sure! Go ahead and let go of the past and step into peace with God.

I can choose to dwell on my insecurities, my weaknesses, my hurts, disappointments, my frustrations and the failures of my past, allowing the enemy to crush me under the weight of their load, or I can lay them at the foot of the cross with a broken spirit, stand back and watch God make beauty out of ashes as He weaves His golden threads in, around, over and through the confusion of my broken dreams. God doesn’t want my perfection, He only desires a humble, repentant and willing heart. His desire is to pour His unconditional love and grace upon me to bless me, and give me peace, but He won’t control me. He gives me the freedom to choose “His life” over the enemy’s death. The choice is up to me. ~k

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Begin again and watch God do something new!

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 14: 18 – 19

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The Inn

Advent
Advent

Come with me for a moment to The inn. You’ve travelled a long road and a difficult one. Your heart is heavy and your soul laden with care. Mary’s journey was difficult too as she carried the heavy load of a babe, the Saviour of the world, about to be delivered. Can you imagine the ridicule she must have taken from those who knew her? The rejection that she must have faced in the event of God’s calling on her life. Oh yeah, her journey was difficult and the road to Bethlehem was painful, but that was just the way it had to go down.


See the inn? See how busy it is? See the baggage left in heaps by so many travellers, so weary, so worn, so anxious to get lodging for their weary bodies and aching feet? Mary needed it too and imagine Joseph, caring so deeply for her but being told, “Sorry, there’s not a room left here. All I can do is show you a stable.” A pieced together shack laden with straw for the animals? Yeah, but it was shelter for the night and a place to lay a couple of weary heads, and hearts and minds, so it was all good. Have you been there at all? To a place that doesn’t offer much protection or stability? A place where everyone else has the spotlight but you? Where everyone has the shelter but you? And then ~ there’s your baggage! It’s heavy too isn’t it? But there’s hardly a place to put it down for the night except on a mud floor in the midst of straw? But really, beautiful soul, just lay it down, even there. Give it up! Let it go! Forget it ~ the journey is over now! It’s time to find rest for a few hours. Mary and Joseph put their baggage down and rested on that floor of mud and the Savior of the world, their Savior began there! It’s there they met Him face to face. It’s there God became flesh in that obscure, desolate place and you got to know, He’s still there today ~ in all the places of insecurity, nothingness, emptiness, loneliness, ridicule and rejection. If that’s where you find yourself on this day in real-life and real-time, He’s there with you! He’s been there, done that, and knows your hurt. He came to light the darkness, heal the pain, forgive the sin, save the sinner and bless the soul and take the baggage. He desires to give you all that you need, right here at the inn of rejection and perhaps bitterness, or maybe even anger and pain today. Take your place in the stable with Him and let Him show you the way out to victory in this glorious celebration of Advent! Aren’t we thankful for a Savior who left the glories of heaven to be born in such a lowly place, in order to reach out to all the lowly people and places in a world of need?
Oh yeah, you gotta know we are!


1 John 4: 14
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Matthew 1:21
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins

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