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Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, February 19, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Link here for an introduction to Pastors J.J. and Stefanie

 

Link here for the Announcement of Appointment from Bishop Ough

 

January 2018 - Thoughts From Pastors J.J. and Stefanie Morgan...

 

 

 

By the time you are reading this, your Christmas tree may already be down. The ornaments and decorations may be put away, and the twinkly lights are put back into their boxes. Needles are swept up, and the furniture is put back to the way it always was.

Or perhaps you are more like our family, where we wait until after the Epiphany, fully embracing the 12 days of Christmas. (Okay, to be honest...it is usually because it takes that long to recover from the holiday hustle and that is about when we have the energy to put it all away!)

Whatever you do, whenever you put away all the “stuff” that goes along with the happy holidays, there is something refreshing about clearing away the clutter. I am always surprised by how spacious a room seems once again when the decorations are put away,

even though I love the season’s decor. There is something renewing about starting fresh.
It is one of those reasons why so many of us start a new year with fresh resolutions. We start with energy to

make changes to our lives, to our habits, to the world around us. With a new year, we see with fresh eyes what is stagnant or needs renewal and refreshing and we make goals to change. We want to get rid of the clutter, the unnecessary parts of our lives that hold us back. We want to shed the extra weight, either physical or metaphori- cal, that slows us down.

The same thing happens in our spiritual lives. There are times and seasons when we crave a fresh start, when we desire a renewal in our souls. And, because of God’s grace, each and every day that we have breath in our lungs, we are given the opportunity to seek the Lord’s face. If you are feeling stuck in your faith journey, if your prayer life feels stagnant, if you are frustrated with your connection to God, sometimes you just need a reset. And the start of a new year is a great time to reset your mind, and refocus on the most important relationship you have...the one with your Creator.

We invite you to use this start of a new year as a catalyst to deepen your walk with God. Find a new faith practice, or breathe new life into an old one, and commit to doing it regularly. Perhaps it is a deeper prayer life, or reading Scripture on a daily basis, reading devotionals or serving others. Perhaps it means letting go of things that distract you from God, things like social media, or entertainment. Perhaps it means giving generously and sacrificially, committing to tithe a full 10% for the first time in your life. Whatever you choose to do or let go of, do so with a renewed commitment to God, surrendering to God’s will in this decision.

We look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring, and our prayers are for health, happiness, and God’s hand to be upon you in this new year!

Many Blessings, Pastor JJ and Pastor Stefanie