Dear Friends~

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I can remember all too many resolutions I’ve made and let slip away and yet I believe New Year’s resolutions are worth making. Let me tell you why.

First, who doesn’t need to make some changes in their lives? Sure, it can be uncomfortable taking a critical look at our flaws, but still if we don’t take an inventory of how we can improve, our lives become stagnant. One of the ordnances or disciplines of our religion is confession.  There is great power in confession–to ourselves, to God, to others. Owning up to our failures is the first, (and sometimes really painful) step on the road to something better.

Second, when we change calendars is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do I want to do differently this year? Mike and I have a tradition on our wedding anniversary to talk about how we did during the past year, what went well, where we could make improvements. It’s really not a time of blame or shame, rather a time to celebrate and make adjustments. This time of the year is the perfect time for reassessments.

Finally, New Year’s is a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace of God. The Apostle Paul said “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Phil 4:13). And God’s strength saw him through a lot–through pain, through joy, and through accomplishment.

If this last year, you didn’t practice relying on the Lord as much as you should have, there is no time like the present to make a New Year’s resolution. In fact, go ahead right now and take a deep breath then tell God about some of the changes you would like to make in 2019.

Happy New Year to you all;

Pastor Paula

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