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Resolution 2015

10349973_10201976143954714_58414447426613428_n“. . . You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

Two Thousand Fifteen is not only the New Year, but probably the number of times I resolved to do ALL that I have been CALLED to do. Scripture says, “He who knows my will and does not do it will be beaten with many stripes.” I am a witness that obedience is better than sacrifice.

If there is one thing I have learned in the past year, it is the value of TIME and the cost of wasting it. I now understand the importance of maximizing every moment and that every breath is sacred. Beloveds, life is precious—it is a gift from God and it deserves URGENT care. We are here for a season and reason—not just to take up space. The loss of one of my seed, abruptly reminded me of my purpose and helped me to understand “to whom much is given—much is required.” .

For many reasons, 2015 is the year of my resolve to DO and to BE the absolute best I can for God’s Kingdom purposes. I resolve this day, that there will be no more “False Starts” or “Incompletes,” I vow to finish EVERY course in GOD’s Plan for my life.

I thank you Father for one more chance to get it right. Thank you for one more “New Beginning.”


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Start Over

401939_10151345625906736_1985707795_nMarvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” ( John 3:7)

This is Jesus’ response to a question posed by a man named Nicodemus. Historically, we do not know much about Nicodemus other than he was well-educated, wise and curious.
Jesus is contrasting “spiritual rebirth” with “physical” birth. Spiritual rebirth means leaving an old life of “sin” and starting a new life in the Kingdom of God.” It is also, abandoning  an “old” identity for a “new” one.

Nicodemus next question, “How can a man be born when he is old?,”prompted this post. Poet (Ruth Carter Bourdon) offers the perfect answer:

When you’ve trusted God and walked His way
When you’ve felt His hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And you’re all alone and it’s up to you . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know His will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill . . .
Start Over!
When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it
Start Over!
When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you . . .
Start Over!
Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “God’s Will Done”
Don’t just sit there . . .
Start Over!!

Prayer:  Gracious God, Help us to understand that living is seldom easy, comfortable, or trouble-free–it simply “is what it is.” May we see the beauty in all of God’s creation. May we savor the sweet “freshness”  of each new day. But most of all, give us endless hope and the strength (no matter the challenges) to always begin again.  For thy Son’s sake we pray. Amen

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