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January for me, is often tough! Getting back to rhythm of work after the holidays takes time. Meeting up with the bills for home maintenance, school fees, food and fuel for the cars need some advance maths skills (ha-ha). January is the back to everyday reality month, after the excesses of the end-of-year and new-year celebrations. Nonetheless, I give thanks with a grateful heart as I wave goodbye January!!!

I welcome February with renewed hope. I feel like a traveler who has gone through a mountain road and is now back on flat ground. I can breathe again and I have a new sense of excitement about the journey still ahead of me. Each month of the year comes with its own expectations, challenges, and drama. This journey called life is never a smooth ride from start to finish.

King David captures this beautifully in Psalm 23:1-4 (Living Bible): “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.”

For King David, life is not a smooth ride – but God gives him rest along the way; God gives him new strength; God helps him, guards him, and guides him all the way – wow! I want to be like David when I grow up (ha-ha).

Family and friends, wherever you may be, give thanks for January, no matter the drama it brought your way, its gone and you are still standing. Look forward with new hope – anchor that hope in the Lord, the God who is able to give you rest, new strength, and help to keep you going forward in 2023.

To God be the glory, great things he has done; praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice, Amen!

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