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IM000004.JPGThis is the last posting for this blog. I made a commitment to write everyday in 2012. Today is the last day. I chose to use the same photograph I used on January 1, 2012 when I started this blog  – the sundial at the waterfront in Grand Haven, MI.

Today people look back on the year which is ending and think about what they’ve done or didn’t do. They remember good and bad times.

Today resolutions are also being made for the new year. Some will be kept. Others will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or even days.

We have the chance to make 2013 better than 2012. Granted, there are many things over which we will have no control. However, we can control how we will deal with them and if we try to deal with them alone or not.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

How will you spend the time God gives you in 2013? Will you wallow in self pity, letting depression take over? That’s what Satan wants you to do. He wants your focus to be totally on you. When that happens it’s easy for depression to set in when things don’t go the way you want.

The alternative is to focus on God and His son, Jesus Christ. There will still be some bad times. There’s no doubt about that. The difference will be in how you handle those times. Instead of saying, “poor me”, you can rejoice in what God has given you. You can know you are not alone.

Maintain a positive attitude in 2013. Keep your eyes on God. Let 2013 be a life-changing year for you. All time comes from God. Use it wisely and to the fullest.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a new year in Christ.



IM000854.JPGEverything outside is dead-appearing. The trees are bare. The fields are plowed under. There are minimal sunny days. It’s gloomy.

Winter is a time when depression sets in for many people. They feel alone, have no energy. They focus on the gloom and seem to forget this is temporary. In a few short months spring will be here again. They are stuck and become as dreary as the weather.

King David experienced times like these when he was losing all hope.

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.”   (Psalm 69:1-2)

Can you relate to these words of David? Do you feel stuck in the mire, being swallowed up by the water?

What did David do at times like this? Did he wallow in self-pity? Did he just give up?

NO!    He turned to God. He laid all his negative fellings before his heavenly Father. David did not try to deal with it by himself. He called out to the Lord.

A few chapers later in the book of Psalms David wrote, “I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love for me; You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”  (Psalm 86:12-13)

When you feel like nothing matters and nobody cares remember you are never alone. God is always nearby. Call out to HIm. Place your burdens on Him. Trust that He will get you through this time of despair and you, too, will rejoice and praise His name.