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Today’s photo of people waiting online for a New
Year’s Eve Improv Comedy performance comes to us from yours truly as I decided
to capture a quick self of the Mrs. and myself on the last night before our
anniversary or and the beginning of a new year.
Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Anniversary, my love! Happy
Well, It’s Monday and even though I begin the new
year in a place I would have never suspected I would be, in a quaint B&B on
the shores of the Franklin Falls Flow Pond outside of Bloomingdale in the Adirondacks,
I am not surprised by the company I am in as TammyLyn and I made a vow to be
together for the rest of our lives as man and wife, even if we decided to do so
in an unorthodox way at the beginning.
Due to the circumstances of our former lives, TammyLyn and I decided to be
“married, two households, but I can say that we are closer now to realizing the
dream of being together in one place, permanently, than we have ever been before,
and I am more in love with TammyLyn than I was yesterday.
I know that may sound cliché, that “ I love you more
today as yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow” but I suppose that’s why that
song by Spiral Staircase was a hit in 1969, the more we spend time with someone
and the more our love for them has the potential to grow, and with TammyLyn, perhaps
because I thoroughly believe that she is the answer to my prayers and a gift
from God to me, the potential for the growth of my love for her seems to be
infinite. There seems to be no end in sight of how much I love to TammyLyn and even know I don’t completely know the
specifics of God’s plan for my life, I am convinced that part of my purpose in
life is to love her as my beloved wife from here to eternity, and if I’m allowed
Our story has the makings of a Hallmark Romance movie
and even though it may seem over the top and hard to believe because of how we
met and the things we have seen and done together, it’s a true story. It is a testament to our
faith in God and demonstrates the truth of Romans 8:28 as both TammyLyn and I
have experienced how God works things together for good for those who love Him
and are called according to His purpose.
Our purpose to follow Jesus and to try to live as God would want us to
live and even though we didn’t even know each other at the beginning of 2021, our
mutual love of the Lord and intention to be faithful Christians was the
catalyst that put us on the collision course where our lives would meet and we
would never be the same, in a good way, again.
In 2021, I decide to launch a Community Freedom
Ministry at my local church and TammyLyn decided to grow in her faith. If
neither one of us is faithful to those decisions, we never meet, we never fall
in love, and we never marry. But God
called us and drew us to follow those calls on our lives and join our purposes
to help each of us to grow and receive the love we so desperately needed. While
the only one who completes us is Christ and God stands at the center of our
marriage, TammyLyn and I would agree that we compliment one another well and
even though we are both far from perfect, God knew how perfectly His love could
draw us together and make us one.
So I am not only celebrating the new year today, but
I am also rejoicing over my marriage to TammyLyn and thanking God for giving us
the opportunity to move through another year as man and wife. Thank you Lord for the life and love you have
given us and thank you TammyLyn, my love, for faithfully following the Lord’s
call on your life, for loving me, and for deciding to walk with me as my wife for
another trip around the sun.
If anyone is looking for dating advice or looking
for advice on finding your soul mate all I can do is to encourage you to do
what TammyLyn and I did, follow the Lord faithfully, seek to know Him more, don’t
compromise by giving into your fleshly desires, and stay committed to loving
God first and allowing Him to guide your path.
It may lead to marriage, it may not, but the love that God has for you
is more than enough to see you through the rest of your life here on earth, and
just may lead your path to join with someone else that God specifically made
It is my prayer that all who read or hear this
message have the happiest of years in 2024, and that you stay faithful to following
the Lord through the next 365 days to see how God can move all things together
for your good when you answer the call and pursue the purpose that He has for
TammyLyn and I are simple people who did that and now
our lives have come together into an amazing journey of faith, hope, and love. Keep walking and talking with God and come and
see what the Lod has for you.
Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By
John G. Kruis.
While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google
search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s
work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )
morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Comfort.
Romans 8:28 (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Today’s verse fall under the
eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Comfort.
8. God works all things together for our good.
Today’s verse proves God has a tremendous sense of humor and destiny. I did not look ahead and plan out my message for the first of the year and arrange just the right verse for the circumstances I am going through, I didn’t know that I would paraphrase Romans 8:28 in my comments but God did. God knows everything and God’s word is true. He sees the end from the beginning and is moving the events forward in space and time to fulfill His purposes and today’s verse tells us that God’s plan is for good – for those who love Him. That’s the key here, guys.
Our relationship with God isn’t some game or something we can skillfully manipulate for personal benefit. Life isn’t as simple as – if you want good do good, while that works to some degree there is a major problem with that idea – us! Without God we wouldn’t know what good is! And if we think we know what is best, we are wrong and we will eventually suffer from doing things according to our ideas of what’s best.
God’s ways are higher than our ways and destiny is crafted by Him. While we can manipulate circumstances to some degree to have happiness, God is playing the long game – the big game – the eternity game – and the only way we have a good outcome in eternity is to have God on our side and the nature of God doesn’t afford us to just form an alliance with Him for our benefit. To know God is to love Him for He is love. All good things flow from Him and thus our experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 is based on our love and God’s call and purpose on our lives. Without God calling us out of the darkness, we are headed for destruction. Without our love for Him, we would question, doubt, and resist everything that God is working together for our good.
So thank God that you know Him and His goodness and be faithful to follow all those things that he is putting together for your good. His plan is best, and it leads to the good of all who love Him, so follow Him and watch His good plan play out all the days of your life.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I
always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to
assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we are sharing from “God is in the Manger-
Reflections on Advent and Christmas” – By Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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God is in the Manger – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY
At the Beginning of a New Year
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” This saying, which is
found in a broad variety of lands, does not arise from the brash worldly wisdom
of an incorrigible. It instead reveals deep Christian insight. At the beginning
of a new year, many people have nothing better to do than to make a list of bad
deeds and resolve from now on—how many such “from-now-ons” have there already
been!—to begin with better intentions, but they are still stuck in the middle
of their paganism. They believe that a good intention already means a new
beginning; they believe that on their own they can make a new start whenever
they want. But that is an evil illusion: only God can make a new beginning with
people whenever God pleases, but not people with God. Therefore, people cannot
make a new beginning at all; they can only pray for one. Where people are on
their own and live by their own devices, there is only the old, the past. Only
where God is can there be a new beginning. We cannot command God to grant it;
we can only pray to God for it. And we can pray only when we realize that we
cannot do anything, that we have reached our limit, that someone else must make
that new beginning.
If we survive during
the coming weeks or months, we shall be able to see quite clearly that all has
turned out for the best. The idea that we could have avoided many of life’s
difficulties if we had taken things more cautiously is too foolish to be
entertained for a moment. As I look back on your past I am so convinced that
what has happened hitherto has been right, that I feel that what is happening
now is right too. To renounce a full life and its real joys in order to avoid
pain is neither Christian nor human.
Bonhoeffer to Renate and Eberhard Bethge,
written from Tegel, January 23, 1944
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a
human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of
view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a
new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:16–17
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the
Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, ed. Jana Riess,
trans. O. C. Dean Jr., First edition. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox
Press, 2010), 80–81.