In honor of a new year,

If any of you are wondering, winter is cold. Yes, even on an island in the Mediterranean. The thing that I cannot seem to wrap my mind around is the fact that it is often colder inside homes than outside. Those of you that have spent any amount of time with me in the cold know that I do not have a very high tolerance for this thing called winter. So, how does one as fragile as I survive?

Like so:

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That, my friends, is an empty milk bottle, refilled with boiling hot water. Tuck that thing in your vest and carry it around like a little baby, or toss it under your duvet to warm up your bed and you are good to go! This is a little trick I learned from the missionaries here, ’tis a beautiful thing, loved ones.

Cold weather means seasons and holidays, which means January and a new year.

It is about that time of year for the “New Year, New Me” sort of posts concerning commitments, goals and things of that nature. So, without any further ado, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I got to spend the evening with my Calvary Chapel Paphos family.

As 2014 snuck up on me, I thought of what my goals or expectations for the year are. This only led to the realization that I honestly do not know what to expect/want to happen in this new year. However, I honestly do not know what I am going to be doing a week from today, so how can I pretend to know what I might be doing or what streets I might be walking in 4 or 5 months time? Alas, this is what some might fondly hash-tag, ‘missionary problems’.

This is my life.

Let me not fail to mention that I would not have it any other way.

An adventurous spirit needs adventure to thrive and what is more adventurous than that which is unknown? Maybe this is what the ancients call ‘walking by faith’. I am certainly in the midst of it, with no other option but to trust that God is going to continue leading me and thus, He shall indeed.

Perhaps, I do have an expectation: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Oh, and perhaps I even have a goalNot that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)

Yes, I suppose I do have expectations and goals for 2014 after all. Exceeding abundance and pressing on for my upward call. Pretty legit if I do say so myself. As for the details and what that might look like…I’ll let God deal with that. He does a perfect job with the details of my life.

Dear ones, if I could encourage you in thinking of your own goals and expectations for the year, I would give you this sweet quote from Charles Spurgeon:

We will not open the year to the sorrowful notes of the organ, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy.

In all things, rejoice.

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