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Reflecting on the Goodness of God in the New Year!

Count Your Blessings!  Health, family, faith, career and good friends triumph over difficulties. The good Lord is on your side!  And with God all things are possible!  There’s been a strong feeling in my spirit to focus on the POSITIVE!!!!!!!!!!  We can all find something to complain about.  However as the body of Christ which is the church let’s commit together to focus on what’s good this year and give the rest to God in prayer!  I hope that your new year’s eve was a blessed one, you had fun, unwind from work and life stresses.  Hopefully you’ll be resting comfortably on this Holiday or doing whatever makes you happy.

New Year’s resolutions anyone?  Studies have shown that by the end of the first week of the new year, resolutions are out the window for most people. However if there are positive changes that you need to make for the betterment of your future commit to making those positive changes!  Our future is created by the choices we make today. Make better choices in 2020!  Remember that God is always moving Forward and so too should we.  He is always doing a new thing Isaiah 43:19. The power to change is in your hands!  If you’d like us to pray for you send a prayer request.

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Happy New Year ! Embracing the Newness of Life

It’s a blessing to be alive at this point in time in history! The year 2020 promises to be an amazing year.  If God has been good to you in spite of your troubles praise him right now!  It’s been an amazing year for my family, full of challenges and triumphs and God has brought us through.  I ‘m extremely humbled and grateful to God.  God never promised us that we won’t go through anything.  He promised he’d be with us when we go through it.  You’re on your way to your new normal.  Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen youI will help youI will uphold you with my righteous right.”  I like the New year’s holiday, who doesn’t love a brand new start?  You are a new creature in Christ!  Forgiven, loved, and under God’s protection.  2 Corinthians 5:17,  “old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.”  New Living Translation

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.” Romans 6:6  Your old self is crucified with him .

What will you do differently this year?  What changes will you make for the better?  What will your new self do?  Your new self will make better choices this year!  Better Choices will produce a new outcome.  Keep pressing on sisters and brothers in Christ.  Don’t allow the enemy to corrupt the good that’s in you.

Philippians 3:12-14 King James Version (KJV)

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are ahead,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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What will you do this new year’s eve?  Where will you go?  New York just unveiled the 20’s today that will adorn Times square New year’s eve.

  • Going out to see the fireworks display in your local area
  • Dinner with family or friends
  • Church
  • Concerts are a really popular choice for new year’s eve as a lot of artist tour during holidays

 

1. Plan accordingly.

If you’re going to a party or heading to a public event, make plans to arrive and leave with a group.  A lot can happen on New Year’s Eve, and you want to ensure you, your friends and family are safe. Be sure to share your plans for the night and communicate your whereabouts if plans change.

To this end, pack a charger for your phone — a portable battery one may be especially helpful if you can’t find an outlet.  Be aware of your surroundings; if you get separated from your group, you will want to know where you are, where you’re going and where you’re spending the night.

2. Mind your limits.

Alcohol is almost unavoidable on New Year’s Eve.  Even if you and your friends don’t partake, you’ll likely encounter intoxicated revelers over the course of your night.  Don’t drink too much too quickly.

3. Celebrate safely.

Champagne is a New Year’s Eve staple. But according to stats, champagne corks can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. (That’s enough to shatter glass.)  So don’t forget that corks should be popped away from guest or anything of value.

4.Never leave your drink unattended

While it’s important to have fun, keeping a level head and not getting injured or taken advantage of should be a primary consideration.

5 Avoid driving if possible.

Whether you’re a passenger or driver, the roads are particularly dangerous on New Year’s Eve. Help everyone stay safe by refusing to drink and drive, and don’t let anyone around you drive under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances.

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Christmas Blessings, Celebrating Christ, the Good Shepard

Joy to the world!  Let earth receive her king!  Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to your family from the SCW family.  Focus your hearts on the true reason for the season which is Christ our savior.  Really meditate on all he’s brought you through this year with a grateful heart and a fixed mind to keep trusting God.  Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the lord your God with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.”  Time to rejoice and celebrate with family and friends.  SCW has you covered for all your Christmas holiday needs, faith, food, entertaining and decorating.  The kids will be at the house and we’ll have a  very blessed dinner and time with them. They are big kids! Nice to see them all grown up and doing their own thing.I’m looking forward to an Amazing Christmas and New year! Don’t miss our last post of this year, New year’s post December 27th.

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  •  While you are being blessed, Do Not Forget those less fortunate ,like the hungry, homeless, lonely, elderly, and orphaned kids, they need our support.  So shout out today to all the  organizations serving Christmas dinner.  It can be as small as, dropping off a toy at a fire station, salvation army or any organization accepting toys, helping out at a shelter, inviting a lonely person to dinner.  Remember we are blessed to be a blessing.  Matthew 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits.”  To all our followers and viewers we appreciate you, and our hope is that you continue to grow in faith.  Be encouraged, cherish the good times, learn from the difficult times.  God is with you.  From my husband and I to all of your families.  We love you, have a happy holiday season!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Blessings, Your Life has been Enriched

                       Click the pic below for our SCW Thanksgiving planning guide!

            Click this pic above for a Thanksgiving planning guide from SCW!

Happy Thanksgiving!  From the SCW Family!  We love our followers and viewers.  Thanksgiving is a favorite for everyone no matter which faith you practice.  A time for reflection on how good God has been to you and what you are thankful for.  In the midst of life’s ups and downs there is always something to be thankful for.  My wish for everyone reading this website is that you have a happy safe and fruitful thanksgiving and that you continue to grow in the knowledge and faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Click the picture above for tips on your Thanksgiving dinner enjoy!  We’d love to hear about your thanksgiving leave a comment expressing how God has blessed you this year.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:11, (NIV) 11  “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
  • Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
  • Psalm 95:2-3 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
  • psalm 100:4  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
  • psalm 9:1  I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
  • Colossians 3:15  “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
  • Hebrews 13: 15  “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
  • Lamentations 3:22-23  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever”

     

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Matt and Paul, We love you and you will live on in our hearts.  If your thoughts are with a loved one who’s passed this Holiday season light a candle in honor of your memories and their life.  Pray for my family as we have lost family and friends this year as we will pray for you that you may grow in the knowledge of Christ as he guides your hearts and minds.

 

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God has Caused us to Prosper

God has caused us to prosper in spite of difficult  circumstances.  Through all the ups and downs and stresses of life, God has made us fruitful.  Genesis 40:51 “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”  In fact God often uses difficult circumstances to show us what we’re really made of and to cause us to come up higher but even more importantly for his glory.  He teaches us that in this life we will have tribulation, count on it!  But in the midst of all these things we are more than conquerors!

Romans 8:37 (NIV) says, No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  All these things refers to trials, whether persecutions, or famine, or death.  Against these things, Paul says, “we are more than conquerors.”  God shows us that He can bless us while we have the problem, while we have the affliction, while people are hating on us.  Doesn’t matter who likes you and who doesn’t, you don’t need everybody liking you, only the right people!  Amen!!

If God be for you he’s more than the whole world against you.  Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!”  And because God’s Word says so, believe that every day of your life is loaded with benefits.  Every morning, when you get up, believe that it is a day that the Lord has made, and rejoice and be glad in it.

Daily Benefits of God

  • Good Health
  • Our work which causes us to prosper
  • Home and shelter
  • Family and love
  • Recreation, root word, “recreate” we recreate our spirits in activities of leisure, and allow our minds and bodies rest from the consistent pace of work.
  • God’s Grace,  2 Corinthians 12:9  “My grace is sufficient for you,”

Happy Labor Day America!  With an emphasis on Labor, America is truly a great country indeed!  One thing I can say conclusively about Americans is We Work Hard!  I read a book recently that talked about how weekends are no longer a period of rest because people are now working 7 days week.  Being more interconnected through technology it seems the office is never closed.  The constant messages and email alerts from our phones have us constantly working.  If this is the case, you’re out of balance.  Work is a blessing!  It brings fulfillment it allows us to provide for our families.  However, God meant for us to have rest!  If he didn’t he wouldn’t have implemented sleep into our body’s system.  God himself rested. Genesis 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”

Enjoy the luxury of rest God intended for you to have.  You’ve earned it.  Although it’s an American holiday, you don’t have to live in America to labor and work hard!  Happy Labor day to all the Working People of the world.  Happy Labor Day to all SCW readers around the world.  We love you.

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Happy Birthday Ron!  To my Beloved Husband You are Loved and cherished.

Happy Birthday to my Mom, my Angel in Heaven Pamela Newman -1956-2005

 

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4th of July Celebration

Psalm 33:12, Blessed is the nation whose God is the lord.  Happy Birthday America!!!  Fun, food, friends, family, and fireworks!  The country’s celebration, of freedom and independence and another opportunity to thank God for our blessings.  It’s great to look forward to future blessings but it’s awesome to appreciate what we have right now at this moment in time.  Don’t let those special moments pass by without acknowledging all that the Lord has done and is doing for us.  We honor all those who serve!  Everyone have a safe and blessed holiday.

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The Lord’s name is to be Praised!

Welcome Friends!  June 21st is the official start of summer!  Time for vacations, relaxation, and harvest.  The earth is in bloom.  Great is his faithfulness!  “Hold fast to your faith, and to that which is good in your life!” James 1:3  Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. My prayer for you in this season is in Ephesians 3: 16-17 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you are rooted and established in love.”  It is my pleasure to speak life to you and uplift you!  The Best is yet to come!

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