While preparing dinner last night, I began thinking about how fortunate our family had been through 2022. Despite all of the trials with Bobby’s illness and other matters in our family—God had once again, proven Himself to us. I’d asked him to let Bobby see Christmas and He did. He even let him see this New Year. And as I began to reflect on all the goodness of God. I had to send up just one more praise to Him. I thanked Him for the food in our refrigerator, cabinets, and pantry. For the roof over our heads, lights, water, the clothes on our backs, for protecting our family, money in the bank, and even our car in the driveway. And the more I praised Him my praise turned into prayer and I began praying for not just my family but others too. And I repented for being such an ungrateful child.

As tears are rolling down my face while I type this blog—this morning. I think about how gracious God has been to many of us even though we have become enamored with ourselves and things more than with Him. In all of our traditions and celebrations, what values do they really hold? If you are alive today and reading this post consider how great and merciful our God truly is. He has granted us the blessings of seeing not only another day but a brand new year with so many unknowns ahead and yet with so many new possibilities. For it is He who holds our lives in the palm of His hand.

So when you sit down to feast today, think about all you have to be grateful for, and in that prayer send up one more praise not just for you and yours but for others who may not be as fortunate as you. Remember, God inhabits the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3 KJV) And He loves us one and all. Always put Him first in your life because He is the Alpha and the Omega who knows your end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:9-10 KJV)

For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. (Deuteronomy 10:17-18 KJV)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Happy New Year! Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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