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The New Year

2018

So, here we are. 2018. Wow.

Another year we get to live, to start over, to continue something good, to finish strong, to go for it, to make the best of what’s available, to dream, to cherish, to try new things, to work on old things, to praise God for all we have…and so much more.

Just wanted to encourage you today to take advantage of the opportunities abound with the coming of a new year. I hope it’s a great one for you!

Positive Press

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The Power Of Prayer: Danielle Loftus’ Road To A Dream

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‘Extraordinary’ little boy finishes triathlon with his disabled brother

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Grandparent on a mission changes lives of over 950 families

Dreaming Big in Peoria

Big things are happening in Peoria, Illinois.

Recently, the YWCA of Peoria announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing. Clearly that is not a good thing.

However, just this week, Dream Center Peoria announced it will be taking over several programs that would have otherwise been lost as a result of the impending YWCA bankruptcy.

Read more and watch the brief news report here: http://centralillinoisproud.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=279062

From the article:

The Dream Center continues to expand, and now it’s picking up programs nearly lost, when the YWCA announced it’s closing.

It’s taking on the YWCA’s cot program, where anywhere from 20 to 70 women and children sleep every night.

It will also be in charge of the Village Apartments, a two-year transitional home.

Wow. What a blessing.

Executive Director Andy King said the following as part of his comments to the media, “We know there will be a miracle involved in this.”

I love that. Believing that God will supply a miracle to help sustain the $350K surge in DCP’s budget is just one of many reasons why I love this organization. What a great example of stepping out in faith that can resonate with everyone – in our community and beyond.

So, to my friends in the blogging world and everywhere, please keep Dream Center Peoria in your prayers if you would. This decision is one that will enrich many, many lives and keep a large number of people off the streets. It wouldn’t have happened if the folks who run the Dream Center hadn’t decided to walk by faith. It won’t continue without support.

Amy Grant will be at the Dream Center Thursday, October 18th. Here’s hoping people will come out and support this organization at that event and also in the weeks and months to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a good day.

Still a Dreamer / Anything Can Be Made New

Yep, that’s me…still a dreamer, just like it says in the lyric in the song below. No matter what life throws my way it will always be the case. Hard times, pessimism, setbacks, and all the rest of the things that try to get in the way of peace and happiness…go ahead world, do your worst 🙂

I don’t have every answer in life but I’m trusting You one day at a time, because You can make a weak heart stay alive forever.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

What about you? If things aren’t going the way you thought they would in your life right now, believe that it will get better. It will! Don’t buy into the all of the negativity that’s out there in the world. Never stop dreaming or expecting the best for yourself 🙂

To quote Andy Dufresne’s character in the movie Shawshank Redemption:
‘Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.’

Don’t believe the lies that say there is no hope, that miracles don’t happen, that you don’t deserve to be happy, that you don’t deserve love or forgiveness, that worthwhile things aren’t worth it, or that you can’t change for the better.

I believe anything can be made new through the power of God’s healing – people, health, relationships, behavior, outlooks on life, you name it. He can make anything new. He’s been doing it since the beginning of time.

Have a great day everyone.

(The members of Sanctus Real, the band that performs the song I included earlier in this post, gave some personal testimonies in a separate video they produced for their YouTube channel. Thought it was worth sharing here, especially the part from 1:14 to 1:37. Even when things aren’t working, God is there and He always will be.)