Thursday, December 31, 2015
Happy New Year at God Inspires!
The year 2015 has been a year of change and heartbreak, love and rejoicing, healing, hope and bittersweet losses. It was a bad year in some ways. In other ways, it was a very blessed year.
We learned who our friends truly were, and that God is present, even in the storms. We were made strong in our weakness and learned to praise through our tears! We became closer in our churches and our families, as we supported each other through trials, loss and woes. We learned that it's okay to lean on people who care, and that we don't have to go through the storms alone.
As a church, we learned that our value is not in the numbers of people that attend, but in the love we show -- and are shown -- by those who do. We learned that if we continue to praise God as we walk through the valley of death, His grace is sufficient to pull us through, and His blessings are abundant.
In our church, we had to knock out walls in order to be able to hold all of them.
Each day is a new day, bringing new problems, new friendships, new things to be aware of, to work toward, and to praise and rejoice over, as well as to shed tears for. But, the gift is that we got to do it. The greater gift as that we did it together. And, the greatest gift is, at the end of the year, God is still God: He is still Great; and, He is still all-powerful, and He is still with us.
I call that something to rejoice over! "
As we bring in the New Year, may we resolve to make the coming year truly "The Year of Our Lord" as we give praise and thanksgiving for each new day we are gifted with!
Happy New Year from God Inspires!
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.