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Pastor Jeremy's Thoughts 

Jeremy Pressgrove
Pastor’s Thoughts

“Better this year than last”
 
It is January, a new year, and with it comes new opportunities. It seems like the end of one year and the beginning of the next provides the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect, then make a plan. It brings with it the opportunity to get better at something or to do something new. I know we have those opportunities each day, but somethings are easier and more natural than others. I know people that wait until January to begin an exercise or diet routine. We even have a name for it, we call them New Year’s Resolutions. I would like to offer a practice that you can try this year. It should take you less than ten minutes each day and I believe that if you do it, then it will transform your relationship with God. I would like you to start a quite time, either in the morning or evening, or if you have a quite time already then add these three things. Say a prayer, write down three things that you are grateful for that day, and then write one way you have seen God at work in your life that day.
 
I think these things will transform your life. We tend to notice and move towards things we are focused on and spend time thinking about. If you spend time each day recording how you see God at work, counting your blessing and praying, then you will notice a difference as you go through your day. You will become more and more likely to notice the ways that God is at work in your life, you will be more grateful and notice more of your blessings and you will feel more connected to the creator. This simple ten minute routine can have a lasting impact on your day and life. I invite you to try it, just for a month and see what happens. If you feel the benefits that I believe you will then continue on this year and have a great year.
 
I hope that you have the best year of your life. I hope you become more like Christ this year than last. I hope that you become more aware of all the blessing in your life and can live with joy and gratitude. I truly hope you are being transformed and can live into the blessings and promises of our faith. Have a great year and grow closer to God.
 
Happy New Year,

 
Rev. Jeremy Pressgrove
PastorJeremy@StLukeUMC-lr.org