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My Mission for 2017

Author: Savannah D. Miller

I used to bubble over in excitement for New Year’s Day. For me, it meant a new semester was coming with a new opportunity to start over. However recently, I read an article from author Jon Acuff that mentioned people do not need to wait until a new year begins to work on themselves. I thought this was a great point. Nevertheless, I love to make the ol’ New Year’s Resolutions list.

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Below are 3 of my main resolutions for 2017: 

 

1. Learn a language.

This one I’ve been trying to do on my own for a while and I never know which place to go to that I can trust. Google translate is not always the best (Never trust Google, it’s always saying I have cancer). I went to the Half-Priced Book Store and got some pretty decent stuff so I’m very hopeful for this year! I am hopeful this will be the year I can make this dream a reality! 

2. Mission Trip!

I have always wanted to attend a mission trip and recently I stumbled across one for Japan that looks great. My friend and I would love to attend this one. Fingers crossed! I pray it works out but if it does not, it is okay. There are always local trips that can fill our time until we get the opportunity to go abroad. Wherever God sends me is cool with me! 

3. Prepare for Foster Kids.

This one is jam-packed with excitement (and work!). Some of the items on my to-do list includes: obtaining suitable housing for fostering children, getting my bakery up and running, maintaining a steady cash flow, and completing my final paperwork. I definitely have my work cut out for me but I know it will all be worth it.

I am excited for what 2017 holds and I am so grateful for all the things I learned in 2016.

Happy New Year and I hope you all accomplish your goals as well!

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Millermas

Author: Savannah D. Miller

My family does not celebrate Christmas and we just cannot seem to get into the swing of Hanukkah. We do not have Jewish friends that live near us so we tend to get overwhelmed with how to celebrate the holiday. 

Millermas started right after we received an eviction notice years ago. At the time, our parents were going through a long divorce. It was certainly a rough time, but it was nice. Our dad was gone, our mom was working, and we watched old Saturday Night Live re-runs with Eddie Murphy. In particular, we watched the episode where his landlord gave him an eviction notice. It was funny to see it and know how not “funny-funny” (ironic?) it was.

Myron was our mom’s fiancé (at the time), which is where we get the “Miller” part of “Millermas”. After about 5 years, we have this unique holiday down to a science:

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We eat dinner on December 25th and laze around the house watching classics like Jack Frost and Santa’s Coming to Town (because I like Heat and Cold Miser). We always eat beef pigs-in-a-blanket and Kentucky Pie. The pie is shaped like a cookie. After you take out the nuts and the crust, you’re basically left with a cookie in a pie tin (at least that’s what the recipe boils down to).

We shop on the 26th and take advantage of the Christmas sales. The entire day is spent running from our parents and only meeting up to visit another store or to eat. Afterwards, we come home and split the gifts up so everyone gets time to wrap the presents with Mom. Myron watches the other kids and puts up the decorations.

On the 27th, we trash the beautiful wrapping (the same one we worked so hard on to make neat and beautiful) and get to the good stuff – the present inside. We bask in our gifts, which hopefully include a pair of socks that makes skating across the hardwood floor easier.

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This year, we are moving it to the weekend. That way, we can have our entire family together and accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. It is nice to have something that is affordable and is flexible enough as a plan to work in different situations. It really is our favorite thing.

 

Happy Millermas, Everyone!

Hymn To 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Author: Sifiso Mtshali

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” (NIV)

 

Night and day, both night and day

In constant flight, there remained

Fleeing ills and hurt, hunger and strife

Torsos battered by the unforgiving world

Which charred us within, enslaving our souls

As we stand against each other, mankind divided

By diseases tormented, by envy chased

Our bodies delicacies to the consuming earth

As in a wayward path, blinded we went

By illusions consumed and by reason misguided

Today we rejoice!

He comes, our Savior hailed

Who is daily reborn in our hearts

He makes us wise, kind, and meek

Salvaging us from that dreaded pit

Where no peace down there reached

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Until He came bearing good and light

Who unto us is renewed with glory

Those old imperfections are all done away

See us reborn with everything anew

Renewed and strong in greatness draped

Steadfast read and from our sacred scrolls

Alive with Him who from the heavens came

To make us new and love us without measure

Making us new while the old is gone away

New Chance for a Positive Attitude

Author: Wiem Askri

As one year announces its end, another year, 2017, quickly approaches. As usual, many tend to make New Year’s resolutions around this time. Just like others, I have also made mine in anticipation of better days to come. However, I have decided to change things up a bit this time around. I want to commit to simple achievable aspirations for the next few months.

Here is my list of New Year’s Commitments:

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First, I commit to smiling more including people on the street, coworkers in the office, family, and friends whenever I meet them. I pledge to have a more positive attitude with those around me. I believe this would make life better and more peaceful in a way that could potentially change lives.

Second, I devote myself to focusing more by setting clear goals. Having a clear vision allows me to remain dedicated and devoted to the ambitions and plans that I have created. In addition, I will strive to surround myself with motivated and optimistic people who can make these tasks easier and more enjoyable.

Finally, in this upcoming year, I pledge to share more. My motto for 2017 is “Sharing is Caring”. I will share my knowledge, skills, and my time as much as possible with those who need it and ask for it. This way, I will contribute to the success of others in addition to my own and win the feeling of satisfaction and achievement from it all.

My plan is to make this New Year as positive as I can through my motivation and cheerfulness in hopes that it blesses others in turn.

Happy New Year everyone and may your days be filled with constructive, cheerful, and gracious moments.

Is The Struggle Real?

If you’re struggling with something this morning, know that this isn’t the end.

This too shall pass.

Don’t forget the battles you won last year. Keep moving forward. He’s with you always until the very end. If you’re struggling with the same things as last year, look at your approach. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering around the desert. If they only shifted their focus, that journey could have taken significantly less time.

Don’t miss your blessing because you fail to understand the importance of change. It’s inevitable but what remains constant, the same, secure, and steadfast is our Heavenly Father. He is always and will always be there. Leave your struggles at the altar and pick up peace instead. Cast your burdens on Him, He loves you! You think He wants to see you struggling? No my love. He doesn’t. He wants you free and pursuing your purpose. Don’t ever forget that. Your God is bigger than your problems.

Always.