Saturday, January 02, 2021

Want A Terrific 2021?

"Yes, this is not a lay back year. 2020 was the year of awakening, this year is the year to fight even harder than before." --- Lucienne Manace


So on New Year's Eve some folks at Facebook were all, like, "Good riddance to 2020! I'm glad you're gone, you old, stupid year, you."

Sigh. (Personally, I pictured the Somers in Alaska family declaring that and then giggled at the juxtaposition.)

Folks, a year is only a measurement of Time, a title for a grouping of days. What matters is how we fill a year. What we do with a year, not what it appears to do to us.

Some will disagree, but basically, if you want a wonderful 2021 you'll need to create one.

No, really.

My personal Bible verse for 2021? This one:

I love how it does not say, "If the days are evil, sit on your couch and bawl while you wait for Jesus to return for a rescue."

Here's a prophetic hint: the days in 2021 won't, poof! Stop being evil. Sorry, but no. Yet the awesome news is that you can still make the most of your own opportunities.

Perhaps you can become a--

cheerful giver
terrific cook
dog walker

Or delve into, even specialize in--

natural healing
making money a whole other way
herbs, tinctures
long-term food storage
the Constitution
drying foods
books of a different genre
making candles
the Bible
Youtube instruction videos
foreign cuisine
recycling items for reuse
homemade cleaning solutions

Or you can always clean and organize and repair your house. ツ

And the other day when I mentioned fighting, I hope you didn't think I meant battling only in public forums.

No, often we personally must fight against evil, clingy spirits of--


Each of these lists could be so. much. longer. But this is simply a blog post, after all.

If we'll make the most of our opportunities, God will do the parts we cannot. And together? We'll create a bright, wonderful 2021, no matter how evil the days may appear.

"Faith without works is dead."   --- James 2:26

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." --- Ephesians 6:12

Choose proactivity! Choose passion, overcoming, battle. But please do not choose an "I-can't-help-it" self-pity, for it paralyzes and stuns into a debilitating misery.
(And never forget what happened to King David when he chose to stay home from the battle. Yikes.)


Oh, and earlier I gave you the link to TCM Remembers 2020, but here's one which includes stars we lost from many different genres, including tv, music and general entertainment etc..

Happy new year to all my readers!

"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Betsy said...

Yep. Yep. Yep. I agree wholeheartedly. So much to still accomplish in this big world. I'm not about to let Satan think he's winning with me.

Carrie said...

I am glad I found you the other night. You have very good and uplifting messages. Thank you.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Happy New Year, Debra!

Pam said...

What hope we have in Christ. We might not know what lies ahead, but we know that he has ALL the answers. Thanks for this post, Debra. So encouraging! God's best to you, Tom and Naomi!

BJS said...

What a great, positive message you have posted! Thanks, I needed to hear this! Awesome year to you!

Miss Kim said...

Just found you today and wanted to say thanks for the positivity! 2020 gave me a whole lot of time to be creative-- really what else was there to do?

Debra said...

Loved your comment, Betsy! Thanks and thanks for reading here so faithfully and also for hanging in there after this tough 2020. <3

Carrie--welcome! I'm so glad you let me know you're reading here. May your 2021 be especially blessed!

Robin--thanks so much for your good wishes and for reading here so many years!

Thank-you, Pam! I appreciate your reading here so faithfully and commenting with added bits of wisdom!

Thank-you, Bev! I've really appreciate hearing from you this year. Your encouragement is much appreciated.

Miss Kim--welcome! And your comment made me smile because not everyone would say that (about being creative) but I'm glad you did and that you've found joy in it!

Happy new year to each of you! Blessings, Debra

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

Debra, I am so behind in reading my emails but could absolutely not let this post go without a quick comment. Thank you SO MUCH! As I read it, I just got such a surge of "hope" and guess it was just what I needed too. Thank you for being you and for being so faithful in posting things that are always, ALWAYS relevant and just on time!

Have an awesome day and an awesome 2021 (which I "know" you will!)