Monday, December 29, 2014

To Resolve,or Not to Resolve?

January 1st is a perfect time to take an inventory of Ewer "Life" & set "Goals" for the upcoming year. We often accomplish this through the vehicle of  "New Year's Resolutions"! I thought it might be fun to take a closer look at this whole process as we begin a New Year together. Before we start, let's see how other places in the world "welcome" in the New Year.

CELEBRATE the NEW Year with FRIENDS!       

"If this is to be a Happy New Year, a year of usefulness, a year in which we shall live to make this earth better, it is because God will direct our pathway. How important then, to feel our dependence upon Him!"  - Matthew Simpson

HOW People Celebrate NEW YEARS in other Places:

Every single year, on midnight Germans watch the British show “Dinner for One.” The origin of the tradition is unknown, but it is so popular that even the punch line “same procedure every year” now is a catch phrase in Germany.  

Happy NEW YEAR from Germany!

WOW! Do German's know how to Celebrate or what?
 Ecuador has a unique custom of making scarecrows and burning them at midnight. The tradition says that this destroys all the bad things that took place in the past 12 months. The scarecrow also scares bad luck. This fills their New Year with luck and happiness. 

Those Scarecrows don't look so scary now!

The single women of Ireland wait desperately for the New Year’s night because it is the night that can bring them the love of their life. They place mistletoe leaves under their pillow hoping to catch their future husband.    

This will cause "IRISH EYES" to smile!

On the 31st of December every year, Scottish men parade through the streets holding blazing, round balls of fire. According the  locals, the balls of fire bring purification and sunshine. 

These Scottish men are "FIRED UP" over the NEW YEAR!
A strange and weird Danish New Year tradition is throwing breakable dishes at neighbor’s door. The family with the most huge tower of broken plates, glasses, cups and other crockery is considered to be the most lucky one because it means that they have lots of loyal friends

"Like a GOOD NEIGHBOR, "State Farm" is there"! Happy New Year!

Wearing Polka Dots is what they are doing in the Philippines to welcome in the New Year.. They believe that this will bring them prosperity by associating the round dots to coins and wealth.  Also part of New Year's tradition, is to graze all day on ham and cheeses and all kinds of Filipino food, then top the day off sipping on hot dark chocolate milk. For fireworks, anything loud enough that can blow your ears and fingers off. It proves to be a very explosive New Year !

ALL my Eyes can see are DOTS turning into "COLD CASH"!
In Chile, people are welcomed in the cemetery with light classical music and dim blinking lights making the cemetery their perfect party place. They believe that their loved ones wait for them in the cemetery and they should start the new year with them.  

Happy New Year to all relatives that are in a "GRAVE" situation!
Finally, it’s a tradition in America to share a sweet midnight kiss with your girlfriend or boyfriend or with anyone you've got with you. This, they say, will make the coming year incredibly beautiful.    
Don't EWE just LOVE celebrating NEW YEARS!

"He who Aims at Nothing, Hits it!"

Reach out & Touch someone with the "Love of GOD"!
Every year at this time, many of us start the New Year with the hope of improving our lives for the better. We make "sincere" resolutions to change something in our lives that is preventing us  from becoming the best that we could be! Webster defines "resolution" as: " the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something": an answer or solution to something". Here are some examples of the most commonly made New Year's resolutions:

1) Exercise regularly.

2018 is going to be different! I'm going to BIKE more!

EXERCISING more is the "WISE" choice!

2) Lose Weight

I think I "Purr-ty" much overdid it ! The DIET starts today!

After dieting, I'll be one "Slick CHICK"!
 3) Eat healthier

Ewe may think I'm "NUTS", but eating healthy is for me in 2018!

I'm going totally "ORGANIC" in 2018!
4) Better work/life balance.

 I'm not going to "Monkey" around with family time!
I promise I won't stay at work as long this year! Does that "SEAL" the deal?
5) Get organized
This paperwork is "RUFF"! I've got to come up with a better system.

I'm drowning in paperwork! I need a new approach in 2018!
Realistically, real change can only take place when there is a change of heart. The only one who can really change our hearts is the Good Shepherd! Resolve to look to Him to make the necessary changes in 2018, & EWE won't be disappointed!

The Lord is teaching me to have more " Self Control"!

I'm going to worry less about my "Looks", & think more about others!
Sheep are characteristically creatures of habit! "Real" changes
that occur in their lives, will only be as a result of something the Shepherd initiates.

I hope the Shepherd will teach this lamb to "Get Off My Back"!
For a "change", Ewe have to TRUST Ewer Shepherd to "Carry" Ewe!

As Ewe begin the "New Year," live each day knowing that Ewer Shepherd has good changes in store for EWE! Trust Him to bring them about!

"The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:130

Ewe have to start  the New Year off " RIGHT"

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