News from the Deanburg Community of Chester County

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with Carolyn Goff

Happy New Year to all of our readers, our community and all of Chester County. This is another new year to do some soul searching, set some goals and follow our dreams. 
I want to thank our first responders, our law enforcement, our county and city officers who make everything run smoothly and our school teachers who are teaching our children to take over some day. May you all have a blessed 2023! 
Can you believe no birthdays this week. All of our new residents in Deanburg need to send me your birthday so you can see your name in this column. 
I welcome any news you have for my weekly column. We would love to hear of new marriages, baby births, anniversaries or any personal achievements you are proud of. We will celebrate any events you want to get out there with you. So text or call me at 879-9777.
Do not forget to pray for each other, for our community and for your neighbors, and check on your elderly neighbors. If you see that they need help, offer your help. 
Our ongoing prayer list is for Woodie Deming and Ms. Joyce Stewart. They will appreciate it. 
Our devotion: “How to Be Grateful For Your Life” – “Did you know that the Bible talks about money, possessions, and accumulating wealth in over 2,000 verses? In fact, 11 of the 39 parables Jesus taught are about that very subject. It’s probably safe to say that God knew that there would be a temptation and tendency to handle money poorly. 
“Sadly, we do love and adore money more than we should. We often wish we had more. And we think that a possession or amount of money will bring lasting gratitude, when in reality, it’s just a temporary fix that will soon need to be satisfied once again.
“James 1:17 (NIV) tells us that our God is the giver of ‘every good and perfect gift,’ and if we’ll apply this, our mindset will change when it comes to our finances. Let’s consider these tips when it comes to growing our gratitude in this area:
“Where you live. Whether our home is big or small, most of us have a place to live. Thank God for the gift of a place to live regardless of size or style.
“What you possess. Many of us have clothes that we don’t wear, and have the ability to stream music or read books on a device that allows us to get any information we can find. But we still want what we don’t have. Take some time to reset your mind and thank God for the provision to have what you own.
“At your fingertips. If you have the ability to get clean water at the turn of a faucet or buy food from a grocery store, then you are more blessed than most in the world. Thank God for the gift of these conveniences. 
“No matter how much money we make, it’s wise to see our income as a gift. Chances are, there are more people in the world who might think the lives we live are amazing. Keeping our lives free from the love of money will help us be more satisfied. We do this by using money, not loving it. 
“At the root of our desire to gain more money or possessions is a misunderstanding of what we truly need. Philippians 4:19 NIV says, ‘And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.’ God cares too much about us to give us everything we want, but loves us immensely and will meet our needs.” –
Again, Happy New Year! May God bless you all in this new year. 

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