Happy New Year!! – by: Diana Bayne

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Happy New Year!!
I’m sure by now you’ve seen all the lists and resolution ideas: lose more, exercise more, make more, save more, read more, learn more, travel more, give more, clean more, etc… always “more” to be done.  How many of you are like me and scrap the list even before January 1st – knowing that it probably (okay, most likely) won’t get done?

I want 2015 to be better than 2014. And in many ways it will be, but in some ways it will fall short. While each year can be defined by certain events, it will inevitably include first breaths and last, peace and chaos, joys and trials, contentment and stress. As I move through this new year, I want the word “trust” to define my every step. No matter the high or low – or the blissful normal of the inbetween – I want to rest in the knowledge that God is in control and the things He allows before me are things He will walk through with me. World events will continue to be volatile, situations will be out of my control and life will continue to happen. That’s all a given, but I want to give Him glory by confidently abiding in Him and depending on His strength and help each step of the way.

And speaking of things coming up in the new year, can I just go on record as saying I’m very excited about the possibilities our new building and location will offer? From a Children’s Ministry standpoint, the ability to create the space and safety we need for all the children we have is vital! And the opportunity to reach new families and minister to those children is something all of us will get to experience.  Yes, it will be crazy and fun and frustrating and messy and exciting and stressful, but continuing to trust God’s plan and path each step along the way will move us forward in the way He would have us go.

Whatever your list or goal or plan is for the blank canvas of the 12-month calendar that lies before you, trust in the One Who created you and knows you completely!

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is
able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21

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