Looking Forward

What are you planning for 2019?

How was 2018 for you? Can you look back and see a year filled with activities that you are proud of? Did you grow in your work and your play? Did you strengthen your relationships with your friends and make new friends? Did you care for your body by exercising, eating a healthy diet most of the time, and getting your regular checkup? Did you feed your soul with spiritual food such as the Bible and clean books, television shows, and movies? I tried to do these things, and I must admit, I did better in some than in others. You probably did, too. All that means is that we have something to strive for in 2019.

What accomplishments did you have that made you proud? I can name a few of mine. I finished writing the first draft of the first book in my new series Heart of A Family. I published the third book, Finding Her Heart, last September. After taking a hard look at it, I decided that it needed a prequel and maybe two prequels. If God wills, I believe there will be a sequel.

I have lived in Denver over eight years, and yet I did not feel close to many of my spiritual sisters at church. I began attending our Ladies Bible Class and developed new friendships. They have made my life richer and fuller.

In spite of having only a half hour to read each day and being a wife, mother, and grandmother, I have read twenty books. They include biographies, spiritual books that offer biblical guidance, how-to books, and several novels. I read blogs that teach about writing and marketing books. I took two online courses to learn how to be a better writer.

I try to eat healthy foods most of the time, but I must admit, I do not get enough exercise. That is one area where I hope to improve in 2019. I hope to start a walking routine once the weather gets better.

What about you? What 2018 accomplishments are you proud of ? What are your goals for 2019? Go ahead, boast a little, and let me know.       

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east…” (Matthew 2:2, ASV).

Only the gospel of Matthew mentions the Star of Bethlehem, the star that hovered for days over Bethlehem and led the Magi to the child Jesus. That star has been a source of research and speculation since Christ was born. For ages, the questions have been: Was the star Christian fiction? A fulfillment of prophecy (Numbers 24:17)? A natural celestial occurrence? Or was it a special sign sent by God?

Astronomers have delved into the history of unusual heavenly occurrences during the years surrounding the birth of Jesus. Some think the Star of Bethlehem was produced when two planets such as Jupiter and Saturn lined up. Others thought it was a meteorite or a comet. Yet some believed it to be a hypernova or stellar explosion. Some of these events occurred around the time of Christ’s birth, but not close enough to be considered the cause of the bright star. Also, the events that happened did not meet the qualifications of the Star of Bethlehem. For example, a comet would not stand still in one place.

We as Christians and Bible believers can be certain about some qualities of the Star. It was real. Probably thousands of people saw it. It stood over Bethlehem where Jesus was prophesied to be born (Micah 5:2). It signified the birth of a King.

In spite of all the research astronomers have done, they are mystified about the origin and makeup of the Star. The only valid explanation is that the Star of Bethlehem was a mighty sign from God that His Son had come into the world to redeem humanity from sin. Christ is the Star that lights our way to heaven.

Hymn: “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are awed by Your Gift to the world. May we share His light for all to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.