Looking at the devotion titled, “All Together Now,” by Miriam Drennan it teaches us a very valuable lesson. Australian turtle eggs are buried at all different depths, yet they all hatch at the same time. It’s a mystery as to why that is. We can look at that and see in this world everyone is at different ‘depths’ when it comes to knowing about God. Some do not know him at all, which is why we need to spread God’s word so that everyone can ‘hatch’ at the same time when it comes to the last day and we can rejoice in heaven.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” As believers we should not keep our faith and knowledge of God to ourselves. It is our job to get out into the world and help others get to the same level in order for us all to ‘hatch’ and be taken to heaven together.
Holly Holm is a Resident Assistant as well as the Intern here at New Beginnings. She is pursuing her BS degree in human social services and will be graduating this December.
School was nearing an end and I did not know what to do. My family lives in Arizona and for the past 5 summers, I have always gone home & found jobs there to save up money. This year however, I had been blessed with a very good job during the school year that I did not want to give up. After a lot of praying, I was given my answer.
Fast forward 3 months... These women that I work and live with have become family. It has become such a blessing to have this experience in my life. It has taught me so much about the field I wish to pursue and has given me the tools to best serve God through my work.
This past semester of college was rough. There were many things that had not fallen into place for me. When I was unsure about where I was going to go this summer, God stepped in and led me the way that he wanted me to go. I am so thankful to know that God truly does have a plan for me.
Eden Ehlers I am from Peoria, AZ. I'm a currently a Junior at WLC, double majoring in Psychology & Human Social Services. I aspire to become a social worker in a medical setting. I am thankful for New Beginnings & the experience it is giving me. It has been a great blessing.
All the time is the perfect time to praise our Lord God Almighty.
When I wake up in the morning, before checking my email, or turn on the television to catch the news and weather, I could say my praises to God.
Though you probably want to find your own praises, the ones that mean the most to you personally, here are a few you could use:
“I praise you because you are a loving God, whose very nature is love…” This praise is in reference to 1 John 4:16 which says "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
“Lord, I praise you, who is just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus…” This praise is in reference to Romans 3:26 which says "he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."
“I praise you, Lord, for you are my mighty rock, my refuge…” This praise is in reference to Psalm 62:7 which says "My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge."
Since God is the God of everything, let’s praise him, at all different times, everyplace, and in the midst of everything.
Karen O'Leary is an Assistant Home Manager at New Beginnings. She has her BA in Bible Theology and her Masters of Divinity. She has 8-years of experience as a Social Director at a non-profit organization helping those in crisis with financial assistance, brief supportive counseling, and being a spiritual presence in their time of need. In her free time Karen enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.
Our moms here at New Beginnings had plans too. They were perhaps planning on continuing the struggle to support themselves, to find yet another shelter who would take them in, or perhaps they had no plan at all and was just living day to day in an effort to survive. What a wonderful thing that God’s Plan brought them to New Beginnings! Each mother now has a safe and stable place to have her baby. They learn new skills and hear God’s Word daily. The mothers here are gaining an education to get a degree and will then be able to find a job to be able to support themselves. I’m sure that being a young, single mom with no place to go was not in their plans but according to God’s Plan, it brought them here to make a New Beginning.
How has God changed your plans? In the comments section below, let me know how God has led you to where you are now?
Christina Pritzlaff is married with two children. She has completed Early Childhood 1 & 2 classes, Infant Toddler classes, and completed the coursework for her Associates degree in Child Development. Christina splits her time between spending time with her family and working at New Beginnings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, camping, fishing, reading, and doing counted cross-stitch.