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Pastor's Message

Happy New Year to all,                     
During first weeks of January, many of us will begin anew. New diets and exercise regimens….New Bible studies and reading plans…New organization and time management routines.  We commit to break bad habits, restore broken relationships, and be “better” people and better Christ followers.
But I believe most, like me, soon forget our good-intended resolutions. We mean well. But life gets busy. We return to our old habits. To those activities which are more familiar don't require so much sacrifice.  This year I aspire to something better….Something new.   What about you?  Will you join me in doing a new thing this year?
Romans 12:1-2 says,
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering … Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it … God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (The Message)
This year as the family of God in this place, let’s make a New Year’s offering to God….A kind of pledge not just a resolution.  Because when we willingly offer our lives to God, God will change us. The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us.  It will require diligence on our part. It will require changing our thoughts, our priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ.
This change is all about baby steps. And it doesn’t require changing everything all at once. Let’s begin today with our first step … a simple prayer, offering our hearts to God.
Heavenly Father,
I praise You this day as God my Creator. You are the Author of my life. You are the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. You are all I need. My heart’s desire in this 2015 is to grow closer to You. In knowing You better, I will know myself more because my identity is found in You.   I want to become a person after Your own heart. God, I ask You to help me each day carve out time to spend with You. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me. Make my heart tender to hear Your voice each time I meet with You. Take Your Word and penetrate my heart. Create a hunger deep inside my soul for more and more of You. May nothing else satisfy me more than You. Give me a heart of humility. If there is anything in me that keeps me from hearing You, reveal it to me. Convict me.  Cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me so I can be in perfect fellowship with You. Fill my heart with Your truth. Plant it deep so that it takes root. Move me. Change me. Transform me. Empower me to live out what I hear and learn. Every day of this year, make my life one long walk of obedience in response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns in me. Let Your love and Your Word shape my life. This is my prayer offering. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
                                                                  
Peace, Pastor Sandra                                     

adapted from a devotion from Proverbs 31 ministries 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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