Reflections by the Sea: Getting Started

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I look up to the mountains, does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:1-2

January is always a good time to start something new. A project, a new habit, a job, a new health regimen. The options available to us are unlimited. Maybe it is reading the Bible more. Attending a Bible study. Walking with a neighbor, starting that new book, taking a class. This is the time of year where we get excited over all we can accomplish and before you know it, the day, the week, the month and the year is over and we have nothing to show for our enthusiasm but talk and no action. Oh, how I speak from experience in this area! And so, this is the year I have decided once and for all to eat right. Oh, weary me! I may turn green from eating lots of collards, kale and broccoli! But I’m doing it. The hard part was to commit and get started and I know I will be better for it. What are the new things you are pondering? Are you ready to get started?

Or perhaps, instead of starting something, there is behavior that needs to stop. Maybe an addiction, bad behavior or abuse in any form. Has your heart been heavy with this struggle? This is very real. Is this your year too? Are you ready to prayerfully take it to God and follow with action?

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Whether it is a new habit or lifestyle or a serious addiction, oftentimes, we need a partner. Someone to keep us accountable. Someone that we care about and that we wouldn’t let down. And we don’t want to be a burden to friends or perhaps we are too ashamed to share our struggles. Whether it is a goal, a dream or a ungodly situation, give it to God. Partner with Him. He will see us through. We must do the work, but He walks along side of us to shore us up when we fall short. We are not quitters if God is in our corner. He provides help and peace and fortitude to get us into victory. Our help comes from Him.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at or read additional Reflections at



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