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.
The New Year’s Eve Holiday is exciting and Fabulous! With Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, it ‘s time to turn our thoughts to the New Year! It’s a time to celebrate our accomplishments of the year, reflect on the goodness of God in our lives and how He has brought us through. It’s also a time of reflection on the lessons He teaches us along the way, as well as time to look forward to the New Year!
The blessing of a new year gives us hope, a fresh start, and a chance to be near those closest to us. Time to celebrate! Yes you can plan an awesome party for New years eve inexpensively. The Good thing is New Years eve at least is not one of those big food holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. So you should be spending less on preparation. New Years eve parties can be simple or fancy. It’s really about having fun, seeing friends, and the countdown to midnight. Of course you’ll have food but it doesn’t need to be over the top. Traditionally New Years Day dinners are nice, but New Years eve you can get away with appetizers. The number one rule keep it simple!