Brighter Horizons

…On The Eve of a New Year


 

Brighter Horizons

In the freezing evening air, I stare off into the warmth of the sun so many light years away. The winter vice has us in its clutch. I pray to God as bitterness penetrates my soul, my spirit lies in the grips of the winter winds. Buttoning up my collar I turn away from the howling.

It’s during this time of year that my thoughts follow my heart–it goes out to those who have lost love ones, as the bitterness reigns and winter winds destroy the joy. Saturated by this chill, we’re buried by the bitterness we hide inside as the last year has left us full of mixed emotions. Tears of joy sit framed on the dresser, though some I know are from broken hearts and relationships too. I share in your pain as well.

Yet, despite it all, God promises us that there are brighter horizons ahead and a good future with hope! Through the power of Jesus, you will be able to look forward with joy to God’s destiny on your life. So it is written….

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

We will never understand or explain God’s reasoning for allowing us heartaches and losses to endure, but you must trust it is because He knows your future. Make this new year an exciting time of anticipation—waiting for God’s gifts to be bestowed upon you! Praise His name!

2 Corinthians 4: 18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

God grants His grace upon those with an open heart—those who are willing to wait on His message. I know this to be true. Those who know me personally, can vouch for the hard times I was suffering through at this time last year. But His miracles started with just a phone call in January, and the rest, you could say, is history.

So, on this eve of a new and better year, the bitter sun sets for the last time on 2017. Feel the warmth in the dead of winter, and put a joy in your heart. Take the time to watch our Father as he begins to create our dreams, like little flowers breaking through the frozen tundra. Buds on branches bring hope to those who pray that spring can’t be very far away. Yes, the snow that captures a majestic landscape portrait, will soon melt like memories of the cold.

Happy New Year and hope–for brighter horizons!

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The Frozen Flowers

This wonderful God we serve, has planted a garden in us all.

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The warmth of the mornings sitting outside are over. The flowers that brought us such joy, is now frozen in time. But a candle continues to burn as my love for you will never die. Cuddled in the house, sipping my warm brew, I thank God for our new life. He made our dreams come true. The holidays, fast approaching, will be like none other! My spirit fills the room as I anxiously await for the holidays to begin. Being accompanied by you, is the greatest gift God could send me….my heart just smiles as I look out at the frozen flowers.

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As most grow older and settle for a habitual routine, you and I are about to dance on the roulette Wheel of Fortune. Our lives, so full of joy and blessings, God has anointed our love for one another. Together, our mission is to give that, which only comes from the Holy Spirit, to every last person on Earth. Washing away the demons of yesterday, I look at you across the room. As the sun’s rays filter on your face, I realize, now, that the hell we went through was worth it all. God has honored us for being faithful to Him. He has ignited our hearts into the greatest love story ever written!

Dreams – the impossible thoughts – do come true! Some, you would never believe possible. But through prayer, I confirm that all things are obtainable through our Heavenly Father. And when you talk about riches, it’s not money. It’s the immense security of God depositing His grace into the voids of the disheartened.

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Keeping the faith, knowing God gives you unconditional love, stay in prayer and let Him control. We are not powerful enough to move the world although we can all paddle to help it turn. Grab an oar! Lend your soul to where God guides you conscience!

My heart is so content as the sun burns away the pain of long ago. And though our frozen flowers may wilt in the coming days, our hearts will still blossom like a summer shower. Love only grows if you water it.

My dear friends, allow my love for our friendships to spill over into your holidays! I pray for our Father to anoint everyone’s soul with the spirit of love and not contain our hearts’ determination. This wonderful God we serve, has planted a garden in us all. We discover, later in life, how to nurture the spirit that keeps our flowers from freezing.

The Frozen Flowers

Birthdays, A Pagan Celebration

Dedicated to Dana Bicks…….

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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” — Jeremiah 1:5

 

On this day, join me in celebrating the birthday of the award-winning author of this blog, Dana Bicks. I’ll give him a day off from writing and instead share with you, readers, the true Christian meaning of birthdays.

After researching the history of birthdays in the Bible, I have a new-found respect for a holiday that most Christians celebrate annually. I quickly learned that celebrations of the day you were born originated from the pagan practice of astrology. Shocked?? Indeed, I am.

Thousands of years ago, men invented calendars and calculated birth dates, to the very hour, of kings, rulers and their successors by studying the stars. Thus, horoscopes were developed, a pagan practice. Saying “happy birthday” to friends and loved ones became society’s superstitious way of protecting them from evil spirits.

God’s calendar includes seven extra 30-day months every 19 years. This was to ensure that birth dates would vary from year to year throughout one’s lifetime, God’s intention. According to Scripture, birthdays are not a time to express joy, sing and expect gifts, simply because one is born into the world on a specific date. This day, if celebrated, denounces the worshipping of our Lord daily. God specifies that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth. He commands that the Easter crucifixion and human deaths be fully acknowledged and not birthdays.


So, how much does God abhor this personal holiday? Consider the fact that birthday celebrations are only mentioned three times in the entire Bible and each time something terrible occurred:

Genesis 40:1-23 – Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker. God never stopped this execution.

Matthew 14: 3-11 – Herod, on his birthday, ordered the beheading of John the Baptist. God never halted the death of this icon.

Job 1:4 – During the birthday party of Job’s oldest son, God allowed Satan to kill all 10 of Job’s children through what appears to be a tornado.


 

In fact, all major figures in the Bible never had their birth dates revealed – Abraham, Moses, King David, Jacob, Sarah, Noah, Abel, Samuel, Job, Esther, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Peter, Paul, James (Christ’s brother), or the apostles. Even the actual birth date of Jesus Christ goes unrecorded in the Bible!

So where did the birthday parties of today come from? They are principally from Germany where the birthday child receives gifts, chooses a menu, and receives a candle-ringed butter or jam cake.

But, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. God does shine on acknowledging people who have lived to a great age as they have great wisdom and experience to share with younger generations. In other words, celebrate a long life!

(Proverbs 16:31)
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.”

 

Therefore, yes, I am celebrating your birthday today, Dana! God is the giver of life and He loves you! This is my special prayer for you:

Dear Lord,
On this day that we celebrate Dana’s birth, I pray for blessings and joy over him. You knew everything about Dana before his birth and You have a plan of prosperity and hope for his life! Let him feel confident and ready for the year ahead knowing that You have an order to his steps and a purpose for his life. Help him to find joy in every circumstance in life, knowing that You work all things out for good. I thank You for Dana, for loving him with unconditional love, and for the promises You have spoken over his life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Anne Schanne
Editor and sidekick to Dana Bicks LLC

 


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