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Rewriting the Year

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I just caught myself doing it. Writing 2020 when I meant to write 2021. Normally, I just roll the eye; however, I think I just experienced trauma! Even with all of the shortcomings of 2020, it is important to remember two things. First, though no one could have predicted this year, God demonstrated His love and blessings. We need to be attentive to  how His hand was working. How He used us in the lives of others. How He provided for our needs – spiritually and physically. How He draws near to us as we drew near to Him (James 4:8). It is an important exercise to stop and recognize what He has done. I would encourage you as you begin 2021 to create a list of 20 ways that you have seen God move and provide in 2020.

   Second, this is a new year with renewed beginnings. His Word promises, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam. 322-23). And “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” (Joel 2:25) In our temporary minds, we consider the things we may have missed or didn’t do; however, our Lord Jesus was always aware of what we would face. He desires use these experiences and do something fresh within our lives and in His Church. Turn your attention upward and consider how you might be used by God in 2021. So do this, one morning while doing your devotions ask how God might work in and through you. Grab a piece of paper and write down what He impresses on your heart. This may be a goal to do, someone to connect with, or an aspect of your life you need to surrender. Write this as a single word or phrase and place in a location where you will see this each day. Add this one to the twenty ways that you just testified of God working and wait to see what He does!

 

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Good grief!

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Good grief, Charlie Brown! Not sure if you caught the newsfeed, but Apple set social media afire earlier this year when it announced that after 55 years, they would no longer broadcast Charlie Brown on open airways! But don’t worry...You can still catch A  Charlie Brown Christmas free...if you have Apple TV.

   This still wasn’t enough to stop feathers from being ruffled.  Why?  Because this would mean that the Christmas special would not be accessible for all. And just a few days ago, Apple relented and it will once again be available on PBS. It is incredible though how we can get so upset over entertainment. Yet, do we consider how many in the world or even those that we come into contact with have not heard a clear Gospel message. And the beauty of that message, is that it began with a small town where the Lord of Lords entered the world without pomp or circumstance. Accessible to all—from the blue-collar shepherds in the field to the magi who would still be traveling from afar. And He has called us to share that simple message to all—whether it is dropping off a plate of cookies to start a conversation or giving to the Lottie Moon Offering. And in a year which is certainly filled with the unexpected, let us share the hope which is accessible to all.

 

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