We welcome the first day of this year with all the possibilities of a new beginning. It brings hope of achieving things that matter. Viewed with fresh energy at the starting line, hurdles don’t seem as high.

Luke writes about Zacchaeus, a rich tax collector, who wanted to see Jesus as He passed through Jericho. Zacchaeus was too short to see over the people lined up along the city streets. They hated Zacchaeus. He could have hung back hoping for just a glimpse of Christ, but he was determined. He ran on ahead and climbed a tree. Small stature, pride, nothing could stop him. He did what he could with no idea of how special that day would be for him.

Jesus stopped by the tree, called Zacchaeus down and invited Himself to the tax collector’s home (Luke 19:1-10). He gave the little man quality time! The life Jesus lived on this earth revealed the nature of Father God (John 14:9) who never does just enough. He gives abundantly. His love and grace and mercy are unlimited.

The exuberant blooms of my amaryllis have delighted me. The bulb is not a thing of beauty. I’m amazed at what it produced.  It draws nutrients from the soil. The leaves, stem and flower buds develop and open. We draw life from God’s Word (Proverbs 4:20-22) meditating, believing, obeying. Jesus told the people to consider how the birds and flowers are provided for, and realize we’re worth so much more (Matthew 6:25-33).

I want to move forward into the good things God has planned for my life in 2018. Ephesians 3:20 declares that God “will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you” (TPT).

His supernatural ability is in us. We need to take the initiative and step out in faith. As we press forward He will guide us into the realization of our hopes for this new year.

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  1. Thanks again for a positive blog Mary. I was given an Amarillo bulb for Christmas. I plan to plant it today. Look forward to enjoying another one of God’s amazing creations. have a blessed New Year.

  2. Hi Mary,
    I enjoyed your article today. I like the way your showed the bulb and the flower it eventually turns into. Life is so like that! God bless you in 2018 and I can’t wait for your next article. I’m so glad we got to know each other at Charis.

  3. Happy New Year Mary and thank you for helping us put things in perspective!! Isn’t it interesting how God made us. In Christ, the old has passed and the new has come. His mercies are new every morning. Time is not a big deal for God but it is extremely valuable to us. “New” excites and energizes us!! Every year, month, week, day, hour and moment, we have an opportunity for a fresh start. I praise Him for His presence with and in us and for His faithfulness to us every second of every day. I pray that this year we will grow in that revelation, acknowledge Him and always be thankful!! Blessings, grace and peace to you!!

  4. Hello Mary, I am just re-reading your article of January 1st, it is very encouraging, thank you :). I have 1 question – the wording of Eph 3:20 is quite different in my NIV – what does TPT stand for? The wording is so much clearer and inspiring!

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