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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU

A year can slip away quickly and we think about those resolutions we made January 2010. Even on a daily basis, we can be frustrated by what has been left 'undone' as we crawl into bed at night. I've come to know that just because I have something on my list, it doesn't mean God had it on His list. He sees to it that His agenda is accomplished and that gives me peace.

Sometime during the fall of 2009 I felt the Lord was prompting me to write a blog. I knew nothing about blogs, and to tell the truth, during this past year I've done a lot of writing, 44 blogs to be exact, but I still don't know much about the mechanics of 'blogdom'. I'm amazed by how many find this blog, hundreds, from California to Malaysia. I've done nothing to get it 'out there', so I know it's a 'God-thing'.

I remember the day I set up the blog and wrote a short piece. It was January 9, 2010 and I don't think we'd completely 'un-decorated' the house after the Christmas 'Holy' days, but I knew I needed to start that day. I had a pile of laundry waiting to be done, breakfast dishes were still on the sink, everything was pretty much a mess, but I sat down and blogged. It felt so 'right', and I knew the Lord was with me. I've learned to never depend on my own wisdom, all wisdom comes from Him, I Corinthians 1:20 - "Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?".

For those who have visited this blog in the past, I'd like you to notice a new design. I think it may be a little easier to read. I'm excited about what the Lord will be teaching us this coming year. He always has some great things to share with His children....that's us!

I don't want to make anyone feel envious, but here in the San Diego area, we still have roses in bloom, orchids whose little faces just appeared, very green hillsides and lots of snow on the mountain tops. I love sitting at my computer, looking out the window to enjoy the sun glistening off the mountain snow. I'd rather look at it than shovel it!

The birth of a new year can be a time of renewal and change. For those of us who believe, it can also be a time of excitement as we anticipate what God has planned for us to experience, both the good and the challenging. We all like new things, like the 'fresh from the womb' smell of a newborn baby, a fresh coat of paint, a new Bible.....so how about a new 'you'?

The Bible makes some interesting statements about new versus old. It says that before we become a Christian and begin a personal relationship with Christ, we are dead, blind, deaf, and enslaved to sin. Gee, I didn't feel this described me! The Bible is referring to the spiritual, not the physical. We need to have a spiritual birth in order to know spiritual truth. Something exciting happens when we experience this new birth....we become a "new creation, the old has gone, the new has come"....II Corinthians 5:17, A NEW YOU.

Life is a journey. Put a Bible in your backpack, you are going to need it! The Bible is God's living word. It's His love letter to us, our instruction book on how to travel in the best of company with the least stress and most joy.

Next blog we'll talk more about becoming a 'new you' in the new year.

Thank you Lord for showing us a way to travel with you as our guide, our peace, (Ephesians 2:14) and our loving, faithful Father.