My ability to remember things seems to be on a slippery slope.  How about you?  I’m not sure if it’s an age thing or something else, but it’s kind of scary to not be able to retrieve those things that once came easily.  I want to focus on those positive things that have impacted my life and forget the negative, but it can be a challenge at times to do so.  God has given us so much to be thankful for and nothing we can attain this side of heaven compares to the unmatched security and peace of knowing that God has pursued us, loves us, and wants us regardless of what we’ve done or haven’t done.  It is an attitude of gratitude that I must constantly try to remember to keep, regardless of the positives or negatives of life.  No one can take away my security of being in Christ and Him in me period, end of story, drop the mic, that’s it!  So that’s what we have and that’s more than enough, don’t you think?!  Jesus tells us to remember Him in our communion times, which are not limited to just those moments of worship, but also during each step, breath, and moment of our lives.  Remember how much you are loved, and allow that knowledge to penetrate every area and aspect of your life.

As we begin a new year and look forward to the year ahead, let’s try and maintain this attitude - one of joy and celebration.  You have probably already experienced it a lot as we’ve gone through the most popular holidays of the year.  So just keep it going!  Don’t let the darkness hide the light that is living in you!  Be the difference makers.  Be the joy givers and the life lovers.  Make the most of what you’ve been given and live life to the fullest!  Allow love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, these fruits of the Spirit, to guide you in all that you do and say in 2017.  They are gifts.  Be grateful for them and allow them to shape your character.  Be an encourager instead of a complainer.  Be a giver instead of always waiting to receive.  Be compassionate instead of critical, and allow truth and grace to flow from your life as easily and as naturally as breathing.  Have a great 2017!  And thanks for all the blessings you’ve poured into Denise and me over the past year.  Your generosity, encouragement and support are amazing and we love you all so very much!

"So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.  Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against these things!  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another."  Galatians 5:16-17 and 22-26

Amen!  God is so good, all the time!  And all the time, God is good!

In Christ’s Love,

Rob     Romans 12