Rev 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
There is no place quite like 42nd St Times Square New York City to celebrate the New Year! My spouse and I had the wonderful opportunity to experience the grand celebration of the kaleidoscopic crystallized ball dropping down One Times Square for the ushering in of the New Year. For the onset of 2018 the ball will be dropping for its 108th time since its inception in 1907 (it didn’t drop in 1942 or 1943 due to World War II lighting restrictions). Nonetheless this event has not failed to bring in people from all around the globe with numbers averaging in the millions.
We started extra early at 6 a.m. not only so we would not be cut off by the police barriers due to overcrowding; but to be one of the very firsts for the best view. Since 9/11 you have to be early just to get through all of the security issues which led our group to an area where those coming in later (like after 8 a.m.) actually received a better spot. Waiting for over 18 hours can really wear the body down. However, it is amazing just how the spirit is ready with renewed energy once that final hour comes. Countdown 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2..
Once that clock struck midnight, every heart of man, woman and child were united in the victory of perseverance and the triumph of faith –over frost. We reveled in the music and performances, the hugging, the singing and the time-honored kissing of the one you loved. All of the bright, joyous, excitement we felt was only heightened by the rain of colorfully lit, stringy confetti that seemed to pour down like rainbow raindrops to glorious patriotic music like Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. (See my actual picture at the top) The moment filled my heart so much, even reminiscing about it can bring about the brink of bursting feelings all over again! It is truly an at least once in your lifetime must-do for the determined at heart. Or you can mireconveniently watch it on television like 1 billion other people do.
In that moment, a bucket list check off, we prayed. Prayed for a great year, prayed for a healthy year, prayed for all whom we loved, prayed for our neighbors, prayed for the governing authorities, prayed for our enemies and for world peace among other things. Mostly we praised our Everlasting Father Yahweh and Worthy Lord the Lamb of God through our united Spirit. Thankful to have been chosen to be a part of God’s grand plans for another year ..whatever it may bring. For He cares for us Ps 139. Believing In His will; knowing all will be well.
Concern (C): Sister, do you have anything holding you back from fully being resolved with 2017. Fall in God’s loving arms in total abandonment of all concerns, worries from the past year. Throw it Off for 2018 Sister! Heb 12:1-4 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Before Taylor Swift sang it, the Bible said it Shake it Off (Mark 10:14) now let us add a new line to her lyrics- Throw it Off (sin) and Fix them On (Eyes on Jesus). Oh Oh
Encouragement (E): If you have many cares and dreams, make a plan God can bless. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
Action (A): Do a Vision Board. Write your dreams down in faith. There is much talk about the success of people who have vision boards Beyonce, Lindsay Vonn and Oprah Winfrey. But even God with The commandments, the ark, the temple and even His very Word had these written down! How much more should we write things down that we expect to have built into our lives?! Dream and have courage lady lion. Gen 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” Num 12: 6 “He said, ‘Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision I shall speak with him in a dream’.” Keep calm troubled soul…God is talking. Oh its going to be a Happy Day, Year and Eternity! For all things will be made New.
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