Thoughts As A New Year Begins

 

Happy 2014 to you and yours!!!

Well, I made it through the holidays pretty good this time.

Thanksgiving was tough, but Christmas was okay.

It’s been 3 Thanksgivings, 3 Christmases, and 2 complete calendar years.

Some days it seems like only yesterday and other days it seems forever.

Today is actually a rather lonely day.

I got out and walked a few miles this morning.

Listened to a podcast by Chuck Swindoll.

Very interesting, but probably not the best subject for this type of day.

It was about getting older!

I tried working in the yard a little, but that just made me lonelier.

It’s definitely true that things go better with a friend to help.

When I feel as I do today, it seems useless to primp up the yard.

After all, who’s here to share it with me?

Thankfully, these days come fewer now.

But they still come.

Out of the blue, they just appear.

One day, I’m great.

The next day, I’m struggling.

But that happens to all of us, doesn’t it?

I don’t have a market on those type of days.

Have you made a list of resolutions?

I don’t usually do that because I know I’m not going to keep them anyway!!!!

Last night, I was thinking back through this past year;

thinking of the ups and downs I’ve experienced

and those I’ve watched others experience.

For some of you, this has been a year of tremendous trials.

I’ve watched one family in particular as they’ve walked through the fire,

yet kept the faith.

They have stood firm on the promises of God,

knowing that He can take awful mistakes and use them for our good and His glory

when we bow to Him with humble and contrite hearts.

Many of you have lost a family member this year.

It is hard.

But God is faithful.

Weekly, I find that God causes me to cross paths with someone I can encourage

as they, too, struggle to find their new role in their reconfigured family.

I am so blessed to tell them of God’s sovereignty and faithfulness

even when we can’t understand our circumstances.

I certainly don’t understand all that has happened in my life,

but I know God has a plan and I can trust Him.

That’s all He really wants from us anyway.

TRUST

As I think forward to this new year,

I can’t help but wonder what God has in store for me and for you.

It is vital that as followers of Jesus Christ,

we KNOW His character and His Word.

This will give you roots to withstand any storm that may come.

With God, ALL things are possible!

I am ready to move forward.

I am still relatively young with much to offer.

My prayer is for God to bring another “man after His own heart” into my life

OR to fill me with total contentment in my singleness.

Whatever He knows is best for me!

God made us to love and to be loved.

We all want love and we all need love.

Thankfully, with Jesus we have total love.

But God also made us for one another.

My dad, who will be 84 in February,  takes a lady out to eat about once a week.

He’s adamant he will never remarry,

but he enjoys her company.

As hard as it is to see him with someone other than Mama,

I am happy for him.

He gets a little glimmer in his eye and a giggle in his voice.

That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Isn’t that what we all want?

Someone with whom to share even a little part of our lives.

A very wise man I know always talks about relationships.

They truly are vital to our well-being.

God brought a new friend into my life this past year;

someone whose helped me tremendously in my journey.

She’s been where I am and is very tuned into God’s grace, mercy, and love.

I am so thankful to God for her AND for my other friends, as well.

What will 2014 bring?

I have absolutely no idea.

But God already knows

so I’m hanging on for the ride!!!!

Tomorrow will be a better day.

Lots of love, Sharon


One thought on “Thoughts As A New Year Begins

  1. Happy New Year, Sharon. I always enjoy your posts and you are always spot on with the truths the Lord has given us. I am proud of you and your walk with the Lord. Even in the though days, you have clung to Christ and He has carried you through. You are such a testimony to all of us that have watched you these last few years. And those of us that have been through the touch times too, can always relate to what you share.

    I, too, hope that God will bring someone to you to share your life with. It is when we are put into the single side of life, that we become strong and learn how to survive on our own and learn how to do things on our own, of course with his help. But I don’t believe that is how he wants to leave us. It is such a sweet life when you have that Christian man to lean on and let go of the things you had to do by yourself. So, I will pray that God will bring to your side that one that he has already picked for you. Just pray and wait while he gets him ready for you. I hope it will be soon.

    Love you and hope to see you before too long!

    Love,

    Maudith

    _____

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