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Happy New Year! This is the first column of a new year, 2022! I think everyone was ready for 2021 to end. I’m looking forward to what this new year will bring.
Happy birthday to all those celebrating this month, but especially to two people. Mr. Joe Collins will be turning 102 this month, and Mrs. Geraldine Turner turned 100 this week.
This is the time of year that we look back at what happened in the past in order to plan for the future. New Year’s resolutions are made with high hopes and plans. Often they are the same thing every year because, sadly, they are broken or forgotten before they can be fulfilled. That’s not to say that repeating resolutions are bad because they can be for your betterment so you would want to continue to set those goals.
Two resolutions that I’ll share are reading my Bible more consistently than in the past and exercising more. Last week I stated that I want to make my goals more specific and attainable.
So, for the first goal, I plan to read some verses every day. I’m not stating an amount, but plan on reading more than a verse or two so I can read the entire Bible this year.
The second goal is to walk more each day. I have a Fitbit watch, and I plan to walk 7,500 steps each day. I would like to increase that to 10,000, but last year I averaged about 5,000 so that is an increase.
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” What better verse to begin the new year with than the first one in the Bible. We look forward to new beginnings, whether it be a new year, job, relationship, etc. But we need to remember that God was the creator of the very first beginning. Without God, nothing would be.
Whether you believe or not doesn’t change creation. God is the Creator! Reading further, you see where as God created each thing, He was pleased with everything He made. We were part of that creation, so He was pleased when your life began. We need to examine our lives and see if we, our lives, are still pleasing to Him. I know I fall short every day, but I am trying. No one can live perfect, but we do need to make an effort to live our lives so they are pleasing to God. Much easier to write than to do. It takes effort.
Continue to keep those who have lost loved ones recently in your prayers. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful! Happy New Year!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.