Thursday, January 1, 2009

And Then It Was January - Trish Berg

Well, it is now January 1st, 2009, and Christmas is over. Not exactly for Christians, but as far as the world sees Christmas, the celebrations, dinners, and gift giving is over.

The decorations come down. The trees are drug out of the house or put back up into the attic.

I don't know about you, but once we take everything down, the house always looks kind of empty and bare. It can be such a downer.

But, with January also comes a fresh start. God grants us new beginnings each and every day of our lives. When the sun comes up, we have a new beginning. His grace provides forgiveness for our mistakes, and we get to start again.

Do-overs. That's what we get. Do-overs.

But with January comes GREAT BIG do-overs. A new year. A new start. A fresh beginning.

I am not one for New Year's resolutions, since I have enough guilt in my life.

But I am one for fresh starts.

So today, as you begin to take down your Christmas decorations, see it not as an ending of celebrating Jesus' birthday, but as a beginning of a new year with Jesus walking beside you.

He has big pans for you this year. He has a purpose for your life.

"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, o Lord, endures forever." - Psalm 138:8

And all we need to do is to commit 2009 to God. To His plan for our lives.

That is what I am doing.

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." - Proverbs 16:3

So, Happy New Year.

January 2009 is upon us, and it is just the beginning of a fresh start, a new beginning for your life.

What will God do in your life in 2009?

His plans are anything but empty and bare.

So go ahead and take down that Christmas tree. Tuck all your decorations away in the attic.

Let God decorate your life with His love, His grace, and His plans.

And that is the most beautiful decorations of all....

Happy New Year.

Trish Berg


graceful lady said...

Dear Trish - this post is so amazing. I was in the shower and my human side was battling with my Spirit side trying to E dge G od O ut (Ego). I was feeling as though I wanted to crawl back into the security of my old job at the VA and sink into oblivion but that is not my highest purpose and God indeed has great plans for me in 2009 and together we can cocreate magic and miracles which will touch people's lives and help them along in their journey of transformation. I feel as though God answered my prayer through you in your blog posting. What a blessing I met you and what a blessing we can continue to share and inspire and bless each other's lives.
Happy New Year!

lynnmosher said...

Oh, Trish, I love this post. What a great encouragement. I agree...the house always seems so naked after removing the embellishments we put up. When we strip the outward, the inward once again is put into normal function. Kinda like our spiritual condition, huh? May the Lord fill your New Year with an abundance of blessings and a special outpouring of His presence! Love ya...Lynn