The beauty of winter brings adventures in the snow! If you’re like me you love winter sports, outdoor activities, and scenic mountain getaways! The great thing about California is that you can enjoy both the Ocean and the Mountains all in one day if you like. I love the ocean, it’s one of my favorite places to relax but so are the mountains! The snow covered mountains of wintergetawys are fun for the entire family! We’re counting down the top 5 winter destinations of 2018! The best locales for skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, and snowboarding! Of course no winter getaway would be complete without a cozy cabin retreat after a long day on the slopes! Each location has plenty of local hotels, some within walking distance to the slopes, but for the whole family nothing beats a log cabin in the snow! I’ll share some pics from our winter getaway when we return!
Welcome Friends of Faith, to a brand new year of blessings, and a fresh start! God is going to do something awesome in your life this year! Are you ready for it? Are you preparing your mind and heart to receive the blessing? Have you thanked God lately for all he has done? It’s important to be thankful to God and have a grateful heart. A spirit of thankfulness makes all the difference! Always strive to have a right heart attitude. The attitude of the heart is important. Did you know that man looks on the outside of us, but God searches our hearts! 1 Samuel 16:7
Revelation 22:16 16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
In American culture New Year’s resolutions are tradition. It’s what well-meaning good folks do. However, usually by the end of the first week of January we’ve either fallen short or given up on those resolutions leaving us feeling defeated and disillusioned. Why must we torture ourselves this way? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Should we not try to better ourselves from year to year progressing forward in life? Absolutely you should, but it’s the way you’re going about it that’s hurting you. Essentially when we make New Year’s resolutions, we are trying to carry out those goals by relying on will power ( your power).
When instead you should be being led by the Spirit. Because in and of ourselves we have no power! As Christians we have to be infused with power by God to do all things. Take myself for instance, it’s not that I’m so wonderful and so great at what I do. No. I give God all the credit! It is Him that allows me to be a good Christian, a good wife, a good mother, a good student, businesswoman. I lean on Him to do ALL things! And you know what? It makes things easier! I’m only human! I’m going to mess up, I’m going to fail sometimes, I’m going to make mistakes! I’m not going to always get it right! But it’s okay because in those times of not getting it right, I learn! I learn how to readjust and make things better! Anytime we try to do things in our own human power without taking God with us, we struggle!!!!!
Their came a point in my life where I didn’t want to struggle anymore, I wanted help, needed help figuring out this journey called Life! Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” So I humbled myself, and ask God to come into to my heart and help me make the changes in my life that I needed to make! Because whether you know it or not you can’t do it without him. John 15:5 “I am the Vine you are the branches and if you remain in me and I in you , you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do no thing!!!!” But with Him, He will Fight for you, He will love you and protect you, He will guide you and bring you into Good success! And I don’t mean the world’s definition of success. I’m talking about the kind of success that the world didn’t give you and the world can’t take it away!
When God is for you no devil in hell can stop it!!! Psalm 27:13 “Though an army encamped against me my heart shall not fear. though war rise against me in this I shall be CONFIDENT!” He blesses those that bless you! He will curse those that curse you! A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. He won’t run out on you when times get hard! Acts 1:8 “Ye shall receive power!” and grace to deal with whatever you need to. The power that is for you is greater than the powers against you! So what should you do instead of making a resolutions? Speak power out of your mouth! Simply say! I can do All things through Christ which strengthens me!
Now you have changed the game because your no longer relying on yourself you’re relying on God and the holy spirit, (the helper), to come alongside of you and help you get to the place that God wold have you to be! So you tell yourself, I can do this! With God’s help I can do all that I need to: Get out of debt, lose weight, recover after a divorce, get healed from sickness, close relationship with family, get help for a troubled child, take care of aging parents, get through school, change careers, go into business for yourself, buy a house, strengthen your marriage, raise a child etc…. Whatever you need to do, you can do it! Through Christ that strengthens YOU!!!!!!!!!
Mathew 14:25-27, Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. It is a ghost they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: take courage! it is I, Do not be afraid!!!!
Time to Reflect on the past year. Reflect our success as well as our failures. Reflect on our personal and spiritual growth. Reflect on family and friends. Ask yourself what changes do you want to make? What goals have you set for yourself in the new year? Reflect on your relationship with God.
Merry Christmas everyone! As we gather with our families this Christmas and enjoy great meals and gifts, as Christians we’re celebrating the Birth of our savior, our Lord Jesus Christ! Glory to God who gives us the victory! As I write this my heart is heavy with emotion and tears well up in my eyes thinking of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me! I’m so thankful and so grateful for my blessings I don’t take anything for granted. I thank God every step of the way and so should you, because things could be a lot worse. As the saying goes no matter how bad you think you’ve got it , there’s someone hurting worse.
For example here in California we’ve had a lot of fires lately due to the dry brush and the wind. Many people have lost their land and their homes. They now have to stay in hotels or with family for the holidays. Obviously their holiday will not be the same as they envisioned it would. My heart goes out to those people who have lost their homes. So obviously those of us who are in our homes this year have a lot to be thankful for. Think of the people who are homeless today, hungry and lonely. Pray for those less fortunate than yourself. Prayer strengthens us and gives us power! So pray without ceasing.
Pray with your families and for them. I’m so thankful God has kept me alive another year, kept me in good health this year, taken care of my basic needs, and a lot of my wants. The Lord knows what you have need of. He has blessed my children to be in good health and doing well for themselves as young adults. He blessed my husband as leader of the family and allowed him to protect, provide, and guide. He’s blessed me to attend a prestigious University, and not just attend but excel! He’s given me spiritual maturity and allowed my spirit to blossom and soar!
If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side “Where indeed would I be?” He’s given me the gift of writing and creativity and allowed me to share the word of the Lord around the world. So I love you Lord I praise and worship you today, no other help do I know. So I thank you today because you “are” Lord and are worthy to be praised!! Take a moment and take stock of what you are thankful today! The miracle of Christmas is Christ!
My dear readers and followers, the top post of December has been, “Remembering Loved Ones in Heaven”. Bless your hearts. When I wrote that post over a year ago I had no idea how significant it would become. I wrote it because I too, am remembering my loved ones in heaven in this holiday season. I miss them all the time, but at the holidays I miss them more. If you have been following me for a while you know that I’m an only child and I lost my mom in 2005, sometimes it still feels like yesterday. My husband lost his father and an aunt this year. so we’ve been hurting too. My mom and I were close and would celebrate the holidays together. We’d do Thanksgiving at her house and Christmas at mine.
She was such an excellent cook, and just a happy spirit, the type of person you like to be around. Her wish was to be cremated so she is here in our home with family. I love having her here. I can put pictures around her vase, light candles, which I often do or just simply talk to her. I recommend cremation to keep your family close by. It’s not only my mom who I miss I miss my grandparents, my great grandparents, who were such a huge influence in my early years. I also miss my older aunts, my cousin, they are gone but never forgotten.
At the time of my mom’s death I was so crushed! I thought I would never celebrate the holidays again! Because now that she was gone all the fun was taken out of it for me. I had other family to celebrate with but I didn’t want to. I isolated myself and I didn’t want to see or talk to anyone for years. That was my way of dealing with grief and pain! Probably wasn’t the best way, but we do what we can do in our moments of pain. I did some grief counseling which really helped me out a lot, I highly recommend it. Then I learned one of the best ways to cope with grief and pain is to get yourself off your mind and do something for somebody else.
For example; since I couldn’t go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving anymore, rather than sit home and be lonely I started going to the “Salvation Army” on the east coast and help feed the homeless, needy, and elderly lonely people. Slowly God began to heal my heart and I began to come out of my shell when I met my husband. Then God blessed me with my own family. Having family holiday gatherings and doing things for my family gives me joy and purpose and most of all I can love again! So thank God for the Gift of Love! So remembering our loved ones at this time of year is something that I share with you. We will keep our loved ones memories alive by each us burning a candle on Christmas eve and Christmas Day and we can pray for each other’s healing. Sound good? You with me? Awesome! Lets do it! God Bless all those with loved ones in Heaven!
How will you spend your Christmas holiday? Will you Attend Church services today?