"18 "Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland."-Isaiah 43:19
When the year comes to an end, I try to find the time to reflect the many blessings from God and pray for the victims of tragic events too:
"Golden Valley, Minn. -- From the obvious to the life overhaul, it's that time of year again, when folks declare their resolutions for the upcoming year.
"Diet everybody does that," said Monica McCall.
"Be a little nicer to the girlfriend, try not to work so hard, take a little time off and eat a little healthier," said Christian Severson.
"I guess I never really think to do it," admitted Jordan Morris. "But I probably should, probably a little nice to set a goal for yourself."
While Morris ponders that thought, for others resolutions are simply a part of the annual tradition.
"The usual ones, we're going to lose weight again this year. We're going to firm up and we're going to eat more healthy for the whole family," said Leann Melin. "We always start out and if we don't at least say it we never get a chance at doing it so at least we're going to say it again."
To declare it, experts say is the first step. The second step is to write it down and the third is to keep it simple.
A number of resolutions were posted on our KARE 11 facebook page. Julie Schiffer's is relatively simple, learn to eat with chopsticks. More hula-hooping is Angela Childers' resolution, she wants to do it for 30 minutes a day and top 11,000 minutes for the year. More leisurely, casually and spiritually, Destiny Gross resolves to read the Bible more, she said she's done it in the past but has a tendency to stop.
To help keep a resolution create a plan. Don't lose sight of the goal and don't be afraid to ask for help. Finally, it's a good idea to set a deadline so there's an end in sight.
(Copyright 2012 by KARE 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) "
Times Square Ball Drop 2006-2007 New York City (Clean)
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"A new year usually brings new resolutions. This short clip takes a funny look at the most common resolutions that adults make � only it's from the perspective of little kids.
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"SWARTZ CREEK MI (ANS) -- Another year, another celebration, another “back to work.” Yet if we can remind ourselves each morning that “this is the day that the Lord has made,” we can take a fresh look at 2012 and declare, “This is the year that the Lord has made!”
Let us be glad and rejoice in it!
The Year of the Lord Two Thousand Twelve. Are there challenges that loom up to the left and right? It Dozen matter! And are you one of the folks who make resolutions every New Year? If rules are made to be broken, many of our resolutions seem made to be... postponed.
Well, not surprisingly, the Bible provides all the Resolutions we need to face the new year, day by day:
1: I am the Lord your God... You shall have no other gods before Me.
2: You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything… For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God....
3: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5: Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6: You shall not murder.
7: You shall not commit adultery.
8: You shall not steal.
9: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife… nor anything that is your neighbor's.” (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
Most of us have problems with long lists. Jesus knew this, and whether He was announcing the cancellation of the Law -– since He was its fulfillment -– or wisely providing us with spiritual Cliff’s Notes, the better for us to obey and practice, He gave us two Resolutions we can adopt:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Two for Twelve. Happy New Year!
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And to the extent we are able to follow these commandments, keep these resolutions, we must remember that obedience is due to God. Commandments are more for our well-being than for God’s dispensation of gold stars. It is His grace, not our works, that bring favor in His sight. His Amazing Grace. Whenever you need an emotional nudge as a reminder, watch this video – a large orchestra, starting with a pennywhistle, a violin, a bagpipe, then hundreds of bagpipes performing before tens of thousands of worshipers in Berlin. Andre Rieu at a nighttime outdoor concert.
Click: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace with German Bag Pipes http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ydwAZXG9cjM&feature=related#MondayMinistry_1-2-12
".... occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.
There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making "resolutions." Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. More on this concept at Days of Awe."
Now, let’s raise the bar a little. Say the full phrases below and fill in the blanks on video. (from CNN.com)
3. The best thing I bought was _________ .
4. For me, 2010 was ______ ______ ______ . [Answer with three words]
5. I totally cringed this year when _______ .
6. The best thing on the Internet by far was ________.
7. I'm pretty sure I overshared on Facebook this year when I ________ .
8. The best day of the year was ________.
9. The best place I visited was ________, which is ________ miles/kilometers from where I live.
10. Next year, I'm planning to _______.
E-mail Forward from Tom W. (Canada)
THE TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2007
1. The Bible will still have the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.
I am truly thankful that God is Faithful even when we are not.