It's Time To Say Goodbye to 2020
What a year it has been! The fact that I got to write this newsletter and that you are now reading it means that we are blessed to be alive. We have so much to be thankful for. With all the sad and grim news of 2020, I have seen the hands of God work miraculously. For that, I am deeply grateful.
I would like to share with you two Bible verses that were instrumental to me in sustaining my joy and peace in the midst of this year's calamity. Isaiah 44:10 says, "The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will NEVER end; I will keep forever my promise of peace." What a promise that is. Regardless of what happens, knowing that his love is eternal and unchanging, can help us stand firm even in the darkest of days.
The second Bible verse is from Psalms 16:8, "I keep my eyes focused on the Lord; with him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." This promise is conditional. In order not to be shaken, we have to do one thing: keep our eyes focused on God. Of course, the enemy would want to steal our joy and distract us. Yet, if we want God's best in our lives, we need to stay focused on God.
Everything that happens in our lives, whether it is good or bad, is there to help us be our best self. Seize each moment and ask God to help you capture the lesson in every situation.
I would like to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!
To say that this year has been a crazy year, is an understatement. One thing is for sure though; the Lord is still in control. Centuries ago, our all-knowing God knew, that 2020 in the US was going to be a crazy year. Nothing about this year caught God by surprise or of guard. I don't know about you but for me, knowing that my Lord is in charge despite the insanity of it all, still gives me a reason to be grateful. The fact that I am still alive and able to write this message today, gives me a huge reason to say "Thank You, Lord, for life".
As we draw to a close of another year, I pray that you too will have a reason to rejoice and be grateful.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let's us strip off every weight that slows us down especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us."
What sin is tripping you off? Strip it off. This world gives you enough weight us it is to encumber you so you will not be able to run the race that is set before you. The enemy will do anything to keep you blind and busy to this world. Do not lose focus of your high calling. Just like any race, the less weight you are carrying, the faster you can run the race and win.
"Don't be afraid to honor yourself. You need to be filled so you are overflowing to help others."
Be your best and do your best! You are worth being more than just the average. When you are your very best, before you know it, people will gravitate to you and get blessed by your mere presence.
"Everything is happening in your life; joy, saddness, challenges are all there to bring you closer to you. Your life is your greatest teacher. Pay attention to yourself."
Freedom is not free. Many have died for the wonderful freedom we exercise in this country. Only ONE day left to do your part.
"Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for us so we can be in eternity with you forever.
On October 17, I celebrated a milestone birthday. I had the luxury to re-evaluate my life. I want to share with you what I have learned throughout my life. After all, I do want to leave this world better than I found it. So it is very important to me that I share the wisdom that I have gained through my life's journey.
When I was younger, I worked as a professional model and an actress for 10 years. I hang out with professional athletes and other celebrities. My weekends included traveling to London, Paris and other exclusive places. I lived a life which seemed, looking from the outside, perfect. My celebrity friends and I thought this is it; we've arrived. Yet, we all felt a void inside. We were too busy to go to church, read the Bible or even pray.
In the year 1996, due to an auto accident, I had to stay in bed for six weeks. My former pastor used to say, "God puts us on our back so we can look up." That is exactly what happened. The six weeks I was at home recovering, gave me a chance to evaluate my life. It made me realize that though temporal and secular things are what everyone is thriving for, material gains don't bring fulfillment to our lives. True joy can only be found in having a relationship with God.
The theme for my birthday this year was Black + Red = White.
Matthew 16:26 "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"
Sehin Belew, Former Miss Ethiopia's Smart Guide to Beauty, Health and Fashion (Annotation Press, 2008)