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Joy's Journal: New Year, right mindset

Since November last year I began feverishly making plans about the bright and shiny new year that lay before me. I’d planned what I’d do and who I would be – right down to making a 2020 bucket list!

It’s healthy to have a fresh start, right? A brand new, untainted year filled with endless possibilities. Many of us do find a sense of rejuvenation at the start of a new year – there’s something special about how it makes us feel.

It’s an opportunity to leave behind things that aren’t worth carrying into another year. A chance to finally start those things we always said we would do.

But now that the Christmas lights have been packed away, and all the new years celebrations have lessened in intensity, I can’t help but notice that I’m the same Joy still trying live up to the expectations I set for myself.

If you’re a goal setter like me, you may also find that the glitter of a New Year can morph into an unhealthy object of devotion.

We can pin hopes and dreams on this New Year/decade and later find ourselves discouraged if we haven't made the progress we expected of ourselves. 

In the middle of all my expectations, I’m desperately trying to hold on to the truth that a New Year shouldn’t be the vessel of all my hopes and dreams. Yes, it’s a fantastic opportunity – but there is only one person who is truly worth my devotion.

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” 

As we enter this year brimming with hopes and possibilities, I pray that we would lay all our plans and goals at the feet of Jesus. That we would indeed grasp this new year with both hands, while our hearts and minds are ever-connected to Jesus, our true hope and salvation.

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Christmas Memories

On the Talk Sessions we talked with Aimee Mai from CAP about finances over the Christmas period and about the work they do.

We also chatted with listeners about their Christmas memories, check out our Facebook page for Nerida's. 

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Family Matters - Love Languages

Tom and Joy were joined by "Coach Joy" a Family Coach from the Parenting Place to take a look at the five love languages in terms of how our kids might give and receive love. If you missed it feel free to catch up below. Also click here to find the Parenting Place on Facebook.

Intro - Words of Encouragement

Gift Giving

Acts of Service

Quality Time and Attention

Physical Touch and Closeness

 

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Leanna, Bjorn and Josh: Oyster Trials

All the links for our show for Friday, 20th December 2019!


Leanna, Bjorn and Josh:Oyster Trials

The Morning Wake-Up where Leanna and Bjorn have the last friday treats for 2019 while Josh is away, Erica sends an epic MWUMBO letter, leanna runs the desk and also smashes the Now That's What I Call Bible chart with her tune 'Samaritan Women"  ...all that and more. It's how we start our day!

 

Your Rhema Verse of the Day: 

Here’s today’s Bible Society verse of the day ...

From matt chapter 6 verse 33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

And from the Maori Bible; "Engari matua rapua tona rangatiratanga, me ana mea tika; a ka tapiritia enei mea katoa ma koutou."

Today's verse is brought to you by the Bible society.

Ever wished the Bible came with a field manual? Well, it’s here! The Field Guide to the Bible will help you make some sense of what can be a challenging book. Check out more at www.biblefieldguide.com

 
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Michael, I thought you were dead

Michael Fitzsimons got the news no one wants to hear – the news of cancer.  In his new poetry book 'Michael I thought you were dead', he explores this diagnosis and cancer journey in a pragmatic, yet upbeat way.  Michael joined Diane by phone to talk about his journey and poetry.

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