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Forgetting those things that are behind!!!

Well here it is; 2015

Usually the first few days of the year is spend lamenting over what did or did not happen the previous year! For me this started the entire month of December; by the time Christmas came I had worked myself into a major depression. 2014 started off with a bang, we had just closed on our new home, we were shopping for new furniture, we had money in the bank, we were satisfied with the success we were experiencing in ministry and our business…bottom line things were pretty darn good!

What a difference a year makes, by the middle of 2014 our faith begin to be tested, my husband was laid off from work, our oldest daughter announced she was divorcing her husband of eighteen years, our seventeen year old granddaughter reported she was pregnant and we were feeling the strain of the loss of income.  It’s amazing to me how things can be going so well and then all of a sudden everything is turned upside down.

So, one night I wake up and go to my secret place, which happens to be in my closet, I fall on my face and begin to cry out to the Lord. At first I heard absolutely nothing, but I pressed on in my prayers until I heard the Father say, “Just praise me!” I didn’t want to praise, but I didn’t want to stay in that dark place, so I begin to just say, “Thank you!” over and over again! Tears were now flowing uncontrollably! A few weeks later on my birthday December 31st, the Lord spoke loud and clear!

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, Phil 3:13

That’s all I need to hear, 2014 is gone and I am looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me! I have so much to be thankful for. Everything is not perfect and God never said it would be, but the message is loud and clear:

No matter what happens, PRAISE GOD IN ALL THINGS and KEEP ON MOVING… 2015 HERE I COME!!!

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“Back down memory lane”

Did you know our memory is one of our most important tools we have for a successful marriage!

That’s right! Just a quick walk back down memory lane will renew our appreciation for our spouse.

I’m not talking about walking back to the last hurt, the last ill word or the last offense. I’m talking about walking back to our beginnings. When love was “BRAND NEW”! When we couldn’t stop looking into each others eyes. When the sound of each others voices cause our heart to race out of control…yeah back there!

Don’t just take a speed walk past, but stay there a minute! Allow yourselves to be captivated in the moment. When you come back to “NOW” you will see everything looks totally different, especially each other!