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New Year, New Beginnings

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Christmas marked a time of giving and miracles for many families, of which we were participants, as well. God answered some prayers in amazing ways, in our own family. 104.7 The Fish aired many stories of giving that made the holidays special for many around the Atlanta area.
Looking back over the past year, so much has happened, not only in the great state of Georgia, but also in the nation and world. It’s impossible to keep up with the current events and then to find true reporting is another challenge.
2013 has been a year of record breaking weather patterns, massive sinkholes, tornadoes, tsunamis, snow and ice storms, and even earthquakes in unusual or as the Bible says, diverse places. Torrential floods caused the loss of life, as in the other catastrophes that also overwhelmed the nation and world.
Politically, it’s been a year of upheaval. The right and the left have fought savagely, while the American people were encouraged to be divided instead of finding common ground as in many past administrations. The political right, or conservatives are called, terrorists, bigots, racists, and numerous other names for having opposing views. In fact, this year Oprah Winfrey was noted as saying, “They should be killed,” in reference to older white conservatives. Shortly thereafter, she won, The Freedom Award; ironic.
The Obamacare rollout was met with some issues in the website that continues to plague the new healthcare overhaul or takeover of the American healthcare system. It has not yielded the results promised and those participating are far fewer than initially planned and needed to make it even potentially possible to work.
There has been some headway made in the pro-life battle with the closing of approximately 93 abortion clinics. The massive healthcare overhaul, also known as, Obamacare forces those who oppose the murder of innocent lives to still fund it, regardless of conscience.
Although just a small sampling of events over the 2013, many of them required unexpected new beginnings.
Many times new beginnings come into our lives when we least expect them and more often than not have not been planned. But whether planned or not, new beginnings can offer challenges and apprehension of the unknown.
But in these times of uncertainty, we can allow ourselves to trust God. He promised to work all things together for our good, according to Romans 8. Some of the things that happen to us may not be good, but by surrendering to God and His will, loving Him and others, we can rest assured that He will fulfill His promise to us to work everything together for our good.
The beginning of a New Year can be exciting as well as frightening. But the best way to start the New Year is to trust in the One who has brought it to pass. He knows the plans that He has for us, and they are good according to the book of Jeremiah 29.
Whatever the New Year brings, we can rest in the promise of God’s Word, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
Happy New Year!

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