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“Happy New Year!” – Blog by Julie Shrader

It is a new year 2014, and all I can feel right now is grateful!  I am grateful that I love God more today than I did 3 months ago or even 1 day ago.  My love for Him is also because of how much He loves me and the many painful situations have come my way and how He has lifted me out of those times.  He loves me enough to allow bad situations in my life so that they grow and teach me to become solely reliant on Him.  I have discovered in a powerful way this last year, that He allowed for some of the people that I love to leave my life.  God knows what I need and how I need to learn and grow and if that means doing it in a way that is painful, He will do that.  Loved ones and friends will leave your life once you fully surrender to Him and live a lifestyle that is pleasing to the Lord.  No more drunken nights acting like a fool and claiming to love Jesus.  No more people in my life that could stunt my growth or could tempt me.   If someone in your life is not good for you for one reason or another, even if you don’t understand how, God will have them removed so that your love for Him will magnify!   Loving God in a way that is unexplainable to you.  God is enough and all that I need in my life….period.

This past year has been extra challenging for me and is now in the past for the book that I am writing.  It is good to put the past where it belongs and for us to concentrate now on our future.  Let’s learn from our past trials and mistakes and even the blessings that have come our way.  My future lies with what my Heavenly Father wants for me and what He wants to use me for as His clean vessel as I am ready and willing.  Ready to do God’s Will for me and my family.  My word for the past 6 months that I believe the Lord put on my heart was, “Obedience”.  Obedience because of some things in my life that I needed to fully trust and have faith with in my life.  God was telling me that there were things in my life that needed to change and I finally listened to Him and obeyed His commandment for ME.  Once I made that decision, He changed me even more and He started blessing me in so many ways.  He opened so many amazing doors and opportunities that I knew was because of my obedience to Him which is a way of loving God.  I want to love, obey and listen to Him.

Are you ready to receive God’s love and guidance or to continue to do things your way and on your own?  God’s love for us is not easy for us to accept, I mean, who can love us THAT much?  God does and He wants you to surrender your life, will and idolatry ways over 100 percent to Him and Him alone.  Not money, career, a sports figure, etc.  God wants your full attention and until you can make that choice, your life will be shallow with no meaning and never being able to be fully happy.  You will always want more of what you already have and you will never truly find satisfaction.  All we need, all you need, all I need is God!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

It is NOT about us, it is about doing for others and in turn we do for Christ who told us, “Whatever you have done for this least brother of mine, you have done for me.” – Matthew 25:40.  It is about what God wants for us and are we going to listen to Him and then obey?

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. – John 3:30

I am so blessed and full of joy in my life and excited to start off the 2014 year!  God bless you and have an amazing beginning of your new year!

**As always, please let us know how we can pray for you.  Go to our “Comments” section for prayer requests.  Thank you!**

 

 

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