A Happier New Year

Yay!!! I missed my readers so much that I had to write one more article before we step into the new year. *hugs* *hugs* *hugs*

The Christmas season was amazing. I went to some events and reunions, it was a nice experience. I had a splendid time with family and friends. I got to see the good, the bad and the ugly sides of different people. During the “catching up” with friends, I asked how this year had been for them. From the responses, I knew that while some friends felt fulfilled, some didn’t feel very happy about their achievements this year, and some replied, “well, it was just there.” Hmm… I can say that I had my share of it too. Going into the year 2013, I made a list of things I hoped to accomplish before the very last day of the year. Although, I did not reach the hundred percent target, but I scored above average – and I am very grateful to God.

I know there are some people who feel that they haven’t really done anything this year, and for that reason, they are not enthusiastic about forthcoming year. However, you ought not to feel like nothing was achieved. The fact that you made it through to the next year is enough reason to put on a bright face. The bible tells us, “Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!” Now that is the number one factor that should keep you thanking God. You may be yet to pay some of your bills, some needs aren’t met yet, but don’t worry, God has not forgotten you. In fact, God has plans for you, you just have to be sensitive enough not to miss it.

Have you ever wondered why some of your wishes never came true? I bet you have. Remember, God always has a better plan and that wish of yours, probably, was in its way, therefore your wish was pushed to the side. Our ways are not God’s ways. If it was good enough for you -at that moment- then it would have come to you. But the fact that you don’t have what you so much desired doesn’t mean that it is over. No, it’s not. Don’t forget the word of God that says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Oh dear friend, don’t give up on God yet! Don’t be disappointed that all your strife has been futile. God still has you in mind!

Now this is what we all need to do. Write down a fresh list of goals that you want to accomplish before the end of the forthcoming year. Also, write down the objectives that you couldn’t finish this year. Pray to God for the Grace to complete every old and new tasks on your list -and in due time. Then sit down and try to figure out what wrong steps you took in previous times (weakness in prayers, bad attitude, procrastination, poor strategies, wrong friends, over-confidence, etc). Eliminate every irrelevant activity and maintain a balance with the worthwhile activities. To be effective, you need to know how to manage TIME. There is no perfect time to start. The best time is NOW! All you need to fulfill every objective on your list is around you. What you need now is divine direction and guidance. Your mission is to get all the work done!

I see great ideas coming our way. I see great opportunities! I see open doors that no one can shut! I see goodness and mercy following us!… Okay, I wouldn’t want to sound like a pastor, but I believe that as long as we stick to this plan, then all our new years will always be amazing years.

Remember, the fact that you’re alive. God deserves your total gratitude, don’t hold it back! Thank God for His finger in your life if you want Him to show you His hand.
On this note, I wish us a greater new year in advance. I say thank you and I love you so much.

Jemima

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