January 2021: Happy New Year!

Religious New Years Quote

Dear Friends Pursuing Christ,

They say hindsight is always 2020. They must have known 2020 would be the “Year of Covid” and we would learn so much as we reflect on this year. Here are some cute reflections that I have seen:

  • If you see me talking to myself this week, mind your own business, I am having a parent-teacher conference.
  • The lockdown can either make you a hunk or a chunk.
  • A role of toilet paper is worth more than a barrel of oil. 

True. But we learned more, haven’t we?  Here are six things I have learned or been reminded of in 2020: 

  1. God is Sovereign and in control. He has a plan and is going to return sooner than later.
  2. The treasure God gives to us in our families (biological and church) and friends.
  3. Power of prayer and praying in Jesus’ Name and recognizing the Power and Authority it carries.
  4. Plans are good to make but be flexible, not rigid, or you might miss God’s Spirit moving in your life.
  5. Slow down and take time to appreciate everyone and everything that God has given you.
  6. Be prepared to give witness to your faith in Christ. Life is precious but also fragile. This life is just a fleeting moment when compared with eternity.

With these observations, what difference will they make in my today and tomorrow? Reality is that the way I live my life has changed and is changing and I believe all for the better. I hope that as you take some time to reflect on 2020 you will gain insight for the joy of living for today and into the future.

I also found some Scriptures that brought me comfort.

Psalm 30:5 “For His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Neh. 8:10 “This day is holy to the Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All Authority in heaven and earth has been given to me’”

Titus 2:15 “Then these are the things that you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

I do not know what Scriptures the Lord brought to your mind this past year.  I have so many.  From Ps. 23 and John 15 to Revelation 21. Think on what God has said and welcome 2021.                

Love in Jesus, Ilona

One thought on “January 2021: Happy New Year!

  1. So many good thoughts, Ilona. Even though I haven’t liked this pandemic, I have seen so many good things from it as well as all the sad. I’ve had friends die from it and had friends bring healthy babies in the world. I do pray 2021 will put an end to all this. Happy New Year to you and Bev.Nina

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