MWI President

Elizabeth's thoughts for January 2018

Journeying with Jesus into the New Year.

“Standing at the portal of the opening year, words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear, spoken through the silence, by our Father’s voice, tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice.” (Frances R. Havergal. 1873).  

During the first days of the New Year many of you will want to begin anew. New diets, exercises, new Bible studies and reading plans, and new routines. Many commit to break their bad habits, renew lapsed friendships and be ‘better’ people.  Haven’t we all made New Year’s resolutions? Maybe we have made more than our fair share over the years, only to forget our good intentions very quickly. We mean well, but life gets busy and we soon return to our old habits. To what we feel comfortable with and doesn’t require much effort. Do you want something new? 

“So here is what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.  Fix your attention on God. You will be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it….. God brings out the best of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (The Message). 

We can make all the resolutions we want, but we cannot change ourselves, but when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, …”be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  The renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God working in us. It requires us to align our thoughts, our priorities and goals with those of Christ. 
As the chorus of the old hymn goes, “Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day, for his word shall never, never pass away.”  

The Covenant Service gives us the opportunity to start anew with the following words, “Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you; exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing.” Accept God’s gracious offer to remain in a loving relationship with Him.  
We tend to make decisions and choose our own path and that is difficult to give up. I urge you to take the covenant challenge seriously and journey through 2018 with Jesus.

- Elizabeth

January's Engagements: 

Elizabeth will be in Sri Lanka for the month:
Weekday mornings - working in Adara Sevana special needs school, devotions, crafts and school subjects.
Weekday afternoon and evenings - Pastoral Visiting, Prayer Meetings, Bible Studies, Good News Clubs.
Weekends in rural areas - Sunday School, Womens Department, and Church Services
She will return to Belfast 27th January 2018

Click here to view January's Prayer Points 

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