“Then the multitude rose up together against them… and when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison… he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly… immediately… all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” – Acts 16:22-26

For some of you, 2014 felt like a severe beating and a prison where your feet were bound in stocks. Today may not look or feel any different, but it is a new day and the start of a new year. Let change begin where change can take deep and lasting roots. Change begins in our mind and heart and always begins with praise.

Paul and Silas were severely beaten, thrown into prison, and bond in shackles. Everything wrong was happening when they were doing everything right. They had reason to pity themselves, but regardless of their circumstance, they sang and gave praise to God. Then, “suddenly… immediately…” because of their praise, God set them free along with all of the other prisoners. Self-pity will isolate you, but praise will set many captives free!

Today may not look or feel any different and your hope may be small, but choose to let yesterday go, live in the present, and praise God for who He is. He is your freedom, your redeemer, and your friend.

2015, He’s still writing your story!



1 Comment

  1. 01/01/2015 at 11:50

    WE agree Shannan, We should let yesterday go, live in the present, and praise God for who he is, amen Shannan praise the Lord, and praise the Lord,and praise who he is, he is your freedom,your redeemer, and your friend, amen praise the Lord.

    Did you have a good christmas Shannan, we did Shannan, we want to wish you happy new year, God bless you, we love you Shannan, love, Clinton & Loraine

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