Making Memories in 2019

About Memories #1

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Christmas and the arrival of a new year comprise one of the most reflective seasons on the calendar. For each of us, inescapable memories enhanced (or marred) our Christmas celebration. Some of those memories came by invitation, others by intrusion. They all arrived with accompanying emotions.

As we close the door on 2018 and its remembrances, we hope to make good memories in 2019. “Making memories” appeals to us. The phrase inspires dreams of happy experiences—celebrations and milestones, trips and vacations, accomplishments and relationships. After all, nobody chooses to make bad memories.

The truth is, however proactive we are in making good plans to create good memories, 2019 will include the making of bad memories—those we don’t plan or want, memories that make us uncomfortable, embarrassed, or sad and may hurt for many Christmases to come.

I am convinced, through years of personal pain and ministry to hurting people, that there is only one antidote for the unwelcome events that create bad memories—grow strong now.

When a crisis arrives, it’s doable—you can survive. You will muster the needed strength and inner resources. But, if you’re already strong spiritually you will ride the churning waves without being sucked under. Spiritual health equips us to win the war over life’s disappointments, much as a healthy lifestyle prepares our bodies to overcome disease.

My new year’s wish is that 2019 brims with wonderful memory-making experiences and that we will end the year well—because we set our hearts to grow strong today. We will overcome 2019’s challenges and our walk through the year will be sweeter.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:16

 

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  1. Ellen Pelliccio
    Jan 03, 2019 @ 12:55:42

    The phrase in the scripture you referenced, “through HIS SPIRIT in your inner being” is the key. Whenever I hear someone say, “He will never give you more than you can handle”, I immediately think, “Really?” I have a difficult time believing that from what I read in scripture. With his Spirit in my inner being I am able to endure, handle, get through. I must feed and strengthen my spiritual health daily. Thank you for reminding me of this imperative. Happy New Year.

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