Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The New Year Is Almost Here

First I want to say that we hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas, filled with love and joy.  We hope you spent the time with loved ones and experiencing the true meaning of Christmas.  I believe that celebrating Christmas without honoring the birth of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ would be empty and sad.  Many people go deeply in debt buying over priced gifts for their loved ones, and still don't find any true joy in the holiday.  Some people wear themselves out making elaborate meals that are rapidly consumed without even giving thanks to our Lord for the food, or the hands that prepared the food.  Lots of people went to sleep last night wondering why they did all of that, and feeling nothing but exhaustion and sadness.  Are you one of these tired, unfortunate people?   

Wouldn't it be great to start the New Year off with a resolution that could bring you REAL joy for the rest of your life?  Do you usually make the same, hopeless resolutions that we all make, and break before the end of January? Most of us resolve to lose some weight, or eat a more healthy diet, or get more exercise, or save more money, but in a few weeks we give up on our resolutions.  Failing to keep our resolutions only makes us feel worse about ourselves.

There is a resolution you can make that will bring you true joy.  None of us will ever get into Heaven based on our own deeds.  We are Human and as such we are ALL sinners.  Only Jesus was perfect, and He came into this world to save us. He was born humbly, and He lived to teach us and show us the way.  He died on the Cross to pay the price for our sins. All He asks of us is that we love Him and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  But He can't be our PERSONAL Lord and Savior unless we actually take the time to KNOW Him personally.  Pastor Bob here at Wilderness Lakes preached a very moving and important message at church this past Sunday (December 23rd).  The title of his message was
"Wise Men Still Seek Him".  It pains me to admit that there was a time when I didn't think I needed Him in my life.  I was even a little afraid to commit to a relationship with Jesus.  I thought I would get into Heaven by being an honest and kind person.  I was wrong.  I was totally dead wrong.  I have learned that I need Jesus in my life every single day.  I feel very sad for anyone who does not know Jesus as I do.  Going to church every Sunday is not enough.  To have a real relationship with Jesus you need to read the scriptures and fellowship with other Christians.  We need to learn the meaning of His Word.  I would hate to wake up in the morning without KNOWING that Jesus is watching over me.  I already know that I can't make it without His help.  I know that there are many intelligent people who think they can get along on their own.  But those who are truly WISE know that Jesus is the Truth, and The Light and the Way.  Wise men, and women still seek Him, because He is the source of true joy.  He is the promise for our eternal Salvation.  Many of you have lots of unanswered questions, but Jesus IS the answer.  Be a Wise Man or Woman, and seek Him now.

God bless each of you now and as you go forward into the New Year.  Open your hearts and invite Jesus into your life, not just on Sundays, but every day.  If you give your life to Him, you have no idea how much your life will improve.  With Him in the center of your life, everything changes for the better.  

Happy New Year!  Now for a few pictures I would like to share with all of you.Here is our little Christmas tree with an owl that my dear friend Diane brought to me.  On the right is our cute Santa!
 Here are Tony and the two Jims, and Diane is on the right.

We saw these when we went 
out for a drive around the 
park Friday night.  There were lots of other nice decorations, but it's not easy getting good pictures in the dark.

This is Sean, he is one of the rangers here at the park.  He obviously loves the Christmas season.  On the right is Sean on Christmas day.  Too funny!!!

 This is the beautiful Christmas card that shows Tony & his dog Woody.  On the right is an amazing owl that Diane hand painted for me.  I really love it.  I was blown away when I saw it.  She is such a talented artist.  😊

Well, that's all for now.  Best wishes to all of you.


  1. Thank you Sue for sharing the most important part of Christmas, the fact that Jesus brought his gift of a relationship personally with him. It's like having a close friendship with the most important person In the all of eternity. And people still say, naw I dont want to be that person's friend. I would rather hang around the guys down at the Elks or spend time with Micky Mouse. If we only knew closely that we knew his thoughts, his worth, his power and his love, acceptance and his provision. Sue, the Christ you shared with us and encouraged us to know is magnificent!!! Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you for your glorious response too. My heart breaks for those who don't know Jesus, because I know what is ahead for those who choose NOT to accept Him and have the relationship with Jesus that He offers to all of us. I wouldn't want that for anyone.