Here it is – the end of a year. So, often I find myself at this moment reflecting on the negative and screaming “good riddance” to the year that is ending. This is not one of those years. Now I am not saying it did not have difficult moments but it also had joy. No matter what happens in a time-frame, if you look, there is always a blessing.
My greatest blessing EVER and in this year is the deepening of my walk with CHRIST. The transformation of my heart, my mind and my physical being have been transformed. There were tough times of learning and moments of fighting the flesh, however, there were moments of clarity in JESUS and peace in knowing that I am not alone.
At the end of our lives, people will remember our hearts. Truly that IS what they will remember. No-one remembers what car you drove, what expensive necklace you had, that wonderful job you possessed or even a company you may have begun; they remember how you made them feel and the love you GAVE. We spend so much time on these other things and less time in truly giving of love.
CHRIST walked our earth for a short while, performing miracles and teaching lessons BUT what I remember most in my reading and studying is the love he contained and held out for EVERYONE! HE was ridiculed for loving those considered loveless or unworthy of love… but HE gave them love and changed their lives!
We chase things of this world like a puppy chases his tail. And they are only a moment. But love, especially the LOVE of our LORD lasts forever and ever. Success is NOT about money, and not about the prettiest girl, or the best position at work. Success in NOT the type of car your drive, the house you live in, the clothing you are wearing or what you have. Success is living life in peace and joy at all times! Success is loving and not loving to get anything in return, loving because HE loves you.
Depression and sadness comes from feeling like you have failed or feeling alone or feeling damaged inside. Start your year off with giving yourself to JESUS. One step of faith will change your life. IT will begin to erase your self-loathing, bring you peace and you will never, ever be alone again!
I say thank you JESUS because I have been so blessed in ALL situations. I thank you for the times of sadness; the times of strife; confusion; anger; and anxiety because they all brought me closer to YOU. And I thank YOU for the love YOU have so freely brought unto me in so many different ways and through so many angels and through YOUR spirit. Lastly, I ask that in the year coming, that YOU bring me even closer to YOU and replace more of YOU inside my heart and LESS of me. I also ask that YOU bring my kids, my husband and all of the people that I love and care about the peace, love and joy that YOU have provided me by knocking so hard that they cannot deny YOU. I ask for forgiveness for any jealousy, gossiping, mischievousness intentions, malice, lies and hate I may have had throughout this past year and that I lessen that negativity and replace it with YOUR love. THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU JESUS!
May YOUR will be done in the coming year and May I accept it with grace and thankfulness.
Happy New Year! May you experience the love and peace of our LORD in your coming year. May you bask in the sunshine of HIS blessings. May you curse adversity with HIS strength. And may you walk with the LORD closer and closer each day. TYJ
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.