Each year I spend time reflecting on the previous year and pray about the year to come. I select a "word" and Bible verse as my focus for the year. This past year, my word was "renewal" and my Bible verse was actually a few verses. The important part of this process is taking the time to reflect, pray, and look forward.
The word and Bible verse help to keep you focused in the new year. Goal setting is a hot topic this time of the year, heck, I even have a book on goal setting - check it out by clicking here. BUT here's the deal, most people lose sight of their goals before the snow melts in Central New York. So, instead of setting an intense goal, try selecting a word and Bible verse to be your foundation for every decision and move you make in the coming year. Yeah, now this is not only less intimidating, it guarantees success!
I haven't been very good about document my word and verse each year, I wish I had been. If this is your first year doing this, I encourage you to find a place to document both your word and verse so when you look back, you can see how you've grown (or need to grow) by reflecting on words and verses of the past.
I used to make book marks and write the previous year's word and verse on it but as I've switched Bibles, used them as bookmarks, and transitioned from year to year...quite a few have been lost. The ones I have blogs about, are here for you. Click on the links below if you want to see how I've grown and changed over the years. It's nice to have this opportunity.
On this last day of 2019, I'm set on my word and am praying over a few verses before finalizing my 2020 focus and foundation. My year of renewal helped me with life decisions and with the selection of this year's word and verse. I'm using my year of renewal as the springboard into 2020. I'll share this with you next week.
I encourage you to take time and think about what your word and verse will be for 2020 and I hope you'll share with us once you've made your decision. This helps to solidify your choice and provides accountability. I post my on a white board in our living room, we need the reminders throughout the year to keep the momentum moving us forward. We are human and getting comfortable can be habitual, I don't want to get in a rut...I want to keep growing and being the best version of myself I can be.
Do you select a word and verse each year?
Pantry is located at:
Join us for the OPEN HOUSE
Friday December 6th 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Normal Pantry Hours
Keeping our pantry running requires thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food each month. Regular monetary donations and contributions of food from the community are our lifeblood. We could not function without this support.
Although we receive support from the government and community, our pantry is run entirely by volunteers.
From ordering food, sorting donations and unloading food trucks, to handling paperwork, filling orders and restocking shelves, we rely on volunteers to make things happen.
Our volunteers represent a diverse group: working professionals, craftsmen, young people and retirees all come together to help out.
Some volunteers help every week. Others give their time once a month. Many enjoy socializing with like-minded people dedicated to improving their community.
Whatever amount of time you can give, we are more than willing to train and welcome you.
To inquire about volunteering, visit our volunteer page or contact Martha Sturtz, 315-963-3117.
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Make a donation
Monetary contributions are always welcome and allow us to buy needed food items at a steeply reduced price from the Food Bank of Central New York. By making a monetary donation, you let us make your dollars go farther.
Donations can be mailed to Mexico Food Pantry C/O St. Anne, Mother of Mary, PO Box 487, Mexico, NY 13114-0487.
Donations of food are also gladly accepted and can be dropped off during pantry hours.
We suggest the following preferred items:
If you are in the Mexico, New York area, Friday,
December 6th, 2019...TODAY
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Stop in to see the pantry
and leave a donation if you feel led!
For the first time in awhile, many schools and colleges in our area closed on Monday due to impending weather. I'm thankful to work for a district that waits to make its decision in the morning. I am probably in the minority, of course you can turn off the alarm if you know the night before but in our neck of the woods, a change in wind direction can alter the effects of a storm.
There are so many kiddos in our area who don't have sufficient heat, food, or warm attire that when I sit in the comfort of my warm home, I pray they remain warm until morning when the school bus picks them up. For this reason, it only makes sense to wait until the last possible moment to cancel school.
When I saw the photo in today's blog I saw the space between the trees, the openness and paths to adventure. Some of you might have noticed the trees first. Which did you see? Do you see roadblocks preventing you from walking straight through or do you see adventure of maneuvering around the trees to reach your destination?
What do the trees and open space have to do with calling a snow day? To be honest, probably not much, other than they both offer opportunities to focus on the road blocks or open our eyes to the adventures aWAITing us?
Do you see the opportunities or the road blocks?
Her mother bought my book at a lawn sale, read it, then passed it on to her. She read the book in a day then was sharing what she read with someone else and has since loaned the book to someone else, who lives in California. This is exciting! She said she started the book and it was so good, she started and finished it in the same day. I'm thankful God used these words to encourage her. She shared with me and how it touched her heart. She was surprised it was at a lawn sale. She plans to keep it when it's returned to her so she always has it and can loan it to others who need encouragement. This is such a compliment to an author.
Some might look at it being in a lawn sale as a loss BUT I view this as a win. Not only did the person who put it in the lawn sale read it (the binding was worn from being read), the woman who bought it read it, her mother read it, and it's now in California with someone else reading it. I'm tickled and overjoyed, all because one person read the book and put it in their lawn sale, three more people have read the book that might not have otherwise. God works in mysterious ways and at lawn sales. Go God!
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