God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Friday, January 27, 2023

How to Change Your Life Without New Year's Resolutions


by Barbara Latta

New Year’s resolutions can build stress. We feel pressured to make them, then condemned by our own minds when we don’t complete any of these tasks.

A tradition started by a lot of people has been to choose a word for the year to focus on. This habit releases us from the stress of attempting unobtainable goals and instead gives our minds a daily dose of health to meditate upon. Once we do this, we can find that we can change our lives without New Year’s Resolutions.

Friday, January 13, 2023

7 Promises From God for the New Year


by Barbara Latta

Our inboxes and news headlines are filled right now will different aspects of setting goals for another year. Rather than inundate ourselves with more than we can comprehend or do, an alternative would be to concentrate on the promises God gives us in His Word. These life-giving assurances are not only for the beginning of another calendar but will fulfill us every day.

Here are 7 promises from God for the New Year for us to meditate upon.

1. Freedom from loneliness and fear. Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)

2. Freedom from guilt and condemnation. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

3. Freedom from spiritual and soulish emptiness. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

4. Freedom from worry and anxiety. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

5. Peace Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

6. Provision As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. (1 Peter 1:3)

7. ProtectionBecause you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. (Psalm 91:9-10)

His promises are always yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). He never fails and we know we can always depend upon the truth of His Word to work in our lives.

What encouragement can you add to this list?

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Friday, December 30, 2022

 by Barbara Latta

As the ball drops in New York City and people around the world watch the clock hands move toward midnight on New Year’s Eve, choruses of a familiar song resound through the air.

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve?

Written by Robert Burns in the 1780’s this anthem grew into a Scottish tradition. The words are translated as “for old time’s sake.” We use this song to remember our friendships and relationships, memories, and experiences of the past year.

The entire song is lengthy and does contain some verses about taking up a pint or two, but we can use this to bring to mind the blessings of the people in our lives and the ways we can provide love and kindness to them.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

May 2023 bring abundant favor, health, and prosperity to your lives. Thank you for being a part of my life by reading and contributing to Navigating Life’s Curves.

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Friday, December 23, 2022

The History of O Holy Night and the Song's Effect on the Civil War


by Barbara Latta

Christmas Carols Part Three

O Holy Night was written in 1843 by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, a French wine maker. He was commissioned by a priest of the Catholic Church to write a poem for Christmas Mass. Cappeau’s friend, Adolphe Charles Adam, composed the music and the combination of their talents produced the worshipful rendition we have used for years to celebrate the day Christ was born.

Friday, December 16, 2022

O Come Let Us Adore Him

 Celebrating Christmas Carols Part Two

by Barbara Latta

Another favorite Christmas song of mine is O Come All Ye Faithful. Listening to all these old hymns at Christmas brings back memories of my childhood when we sang them at church. I didn’t comprehend the meaning of the words at that time, but I enjoyed the feeling of exaltation they brought to my heart. I know the feelings were holiday emotion, but I knew Christmas was about Jesus.

Friday, December 9, 2022

The Inspired Lyrics of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

 Celebrating Christmas Carols Part One

by Barbara Latta

I love Christmas carols! A lot of the newer songs are great and beautiful, but in my opinion the old hymns we sing year after year are the best. But because we sing them year after year, the meaning behind the words can get lost in the tune.

Read the lyrics to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and absorb what these inspired words say to your soul. This song proclaims the entire gospel message, and we should sing this old song all year. The words were penned by Charles Wesley, a Methodist minister who preached in the 1700’s. He wrote this message as a poem and George Whitefield later put the poem to music.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Give the Gift of Reading

by Barbara Latta

Christmas is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to giving. If anyone on your list is a reader, I have some great suggestions for giving the gift of reading. These books will bless the recipients over and over because books never grow old.