Monday, December 30, 2013

Pastor's Ponderings: December 30, 2013


We have almost made it to the last day of 2013!  For many of us it is a bittersweet moment because some who started out this year with us have passed on.  Others have had their lives drastically changed for better or worse.  Nevertheless, we made it to this time of reflection on our victories, failures, missed opportunities and divine connections.

We may not have completed all that we planned to do in this year,  but we can be confident that all of God’s plans worked out.  Although it did not always seem to have been to our liking, His plans taught us lessons, provided unexpected surprises and ultimately carried out his purpose in the world.  We can be confident that God has not and will not let us down. 

We can look back to 2013 and know He has carried us through our trials and tribulations, our accomplishments and our accolades.  We can know that next year, He will still be in charge and He will carry us to completion of His purposes for 2014. 

Isaiah 46:10
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
 10 In the beginning, I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago, I told you things that have not happened yet. When I plan something, it happens. I do whatever I want to do.
Jeremiah 29:11
New International Version (NIV)
 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Philippians 1:4-6
New International Version (NIV)
 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:28
 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Please comment below and share and share how God has completed some things in your life so that others may be blessed by your testimony.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Throughout 2013, our family have experienced the loss of my dad, two of my cousins one along with her granddaughter, my sister in law, who was also my sister in Christ. There have been losses around the world that effect Christians. But we know that our Lord has and will bring us through, and like those that have gone on and finished the work of the one who sent us. So have hope and ask God what his will is in our life.
We know that there is a choice to be made one that will take or save our lives. Our God said in Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth against you, that have set before you life and death and blessing and cursing: Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. So tell your family, tell your friends, tell anyone who will hear you that Jesus is Lord, that this place is not your home, and that while we are here we are to redeem the time and make it known that we believe and trust in our Lord.
Show others that God is truly more than enough, so that we can hear these words from our lord. WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVENT.
Have a blessed and Happy 2014 from your sister in Christ,
Deaconess Shirley Hales-Willis