Greetings and Blessed New Year!
I don't know about you, but I am so thankful God has blessed me to see another year. And while we all experienced some trying times in 2019, we can still anticipate all the wonderful blessings we will receive in 2020.
I want to encourage each of you to make sure you take time to nurture yourself. We often get so busy with pastoring we forget we are also human and need to enjoy living.
I continue to stand on Jeremiah 29:11. "I know the plans I have for you says, the Lord. Plans to bless you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." There is nothing more powerful than knowing God has a plan just for you! And with all he does for us daily, He says His plans are to bless and not harm. His plan is to give us hope and a fture. Hallelujah!
In this journey we call life, it doesn't mean we won't have some challenges, but thru them all, watch how God will turn what was meant for harm to become for your good. I can't say I've been happy when difficult times come, but I know it will only last for a season. And when we look back at where we've come from, I believe we can all say, God has given us more blessings than tribulations.
This year I am praying that all of us will have a deeper relationship with God. Take time for prayer and meditation. Find a place where you can commune with God. Be prepared by having your Bible and a journal. It's in the quiet moments that God often speaks, or, give you something to write down. Include quiet moments to just listen. After all, communication is two-way. Know you are in my prayers daily. May God continue to bless you.