Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Where has the year gone?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Where has the year gone? In just one day we will enter a new year, 2015. It seems like yesterday that I was in high school and thinking about “how old” I would be in 2000. It is now 15 years later and I’m still marveling over the New Century.

What was this year like for you? Did you do a lot of traveling? Where family members “added” as in a marriage or a new birth? Did you do something you always wanted to do? Did you complete anything on your “bucket list”? Did you make goals at the start of 2014? How did you do?

Each year I make “goals” for the coming year, activities that will enhance my spiritual and physical life. I write them down and review a few times a year. I am a “list” person, I write it down and cross off as I complete things. It helps to “see” the accomplishments. Whatever works for you do it; we are each unique and what works for me will probably not work for you. Find what makes you comfortable and do it.

Making goals for the coming year should not be hard. Start out with small things. If you already walk 1 day a week make it two. If you read a chapter a day in the Bible try to read it through in a year, there are so many “reading plans” that one of them will probably work in your schedule. There is also a Bible reading plan to read it through in two years.

Think outside the box. Look for opportunities in your community, school, work, and church that you can do or help with.

Here is a list that can get you started:
à       Attend a Bible study
à       Keep a thankful/grateful journal
à       Read the Bible
à       Memorize scripture to help with problems/issues
à       Volunteer
à       Encourage/help others
à       Exercise regularly
à       Pray and ask the Lord for guidance

As you look forward to next year, take a few minutes to reflect on 2014. Like most families, our family had sad and happy times this year. We suffered the sudden lost of my beloved brother-in-law, Thomas, but it drew us closer together. Cousins renewed friendships with cousins and old friends mourned with us. Everyone banded together and dropped whatever they were doing to be a help and an encouragement. We have so many happy memories of things we did with him, of this I am so thankful.

I will close with some entries, written throughout the year, from my thankful journal:

à       Protection from storm
à       Cup of tea
à       Food
à       God’s glorious creation
à       Morning sounds of birds and squirrels – I can hear
à       Mark doing well after surgery
à       Breakfast with friends
à       God’s wonderful creation
à       Kayaks
à       Family
à       Job
à       Coffee
à       Bible – daily comfort from God’s word
à       Stove – I don’t have to cook over a camp fire
à       Refrigeration – keeps my food cold
à       Winter coats
à       Ireland trip with the family – blessing and within budget
à       Neighbors – we are so blessed with great neighbors
à       Knitting
à       Annual “tea” with granddaughters
à       Beautiful sunrise – I can see
à       God’s mercy
à       Skype with grandsons
à       Children
à       God’s faithfulness
à       God’s greatness
à       God’s comfort and peace in tragedy

I could go on and on of my thankfulness to God for all He has done and will do.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

Start the New Year with a “goal list” and maybe a thankful journal and you will be pleasantly surprised when you review next year.

Have a blessed day,
Donna

Friday, November 28, 2014

Be glad

The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalm 126:3 

Each and every day I need to take time to reflect on all the great things God does for me. 

Have a blessed day,
Donna

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving



O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:29

This is a special day for me. It is Thanksgiving, it is my wedding anniversary (43 yr) and it is my son’s birthday. Seven times since my wedding Thanksgiving has fallen on November 27.

When my son was young we always celebrated his birthday on the actual day and our anniversary on the following week. My son lived out of state for a while so we didn’t always get to celebrate together. This year he is back in the area and we will be having our thanksgiving meal together.

I am so thankful for all the blessings God has bestowed on us.

Here is my very short list:
My wonderful husband, Mark – Happy anniversary
My children
My grandchildren
Jesus
God’s marvelous creation
Morning coffee
Quiet time with God
Health
Water
The Love of God

Take a few minutes to praise God for all his blessings to you.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalm 68:19
Have a blessed day,
Donna

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Praise & Worship

And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah 8:6 

When was the last time you really praised and worshipped God? In the busyness of the season may we never forget to praise and worship the LORD!

Thank you Lord, for your greatness and wonderfulness, help me to never take your word for granted. There are people right now suffering for believing in You. Help me Lord to have a heart of praise and worship each and every day.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. Psalm 41:13

Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. Psalm 72:18 -19

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. Psalm 63:4 

Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. Lamentations 3:41

Have a blessed day,
Donna

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tidbits from Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible. There are many nuggets of wisdom contained in its many verses, as always the key is to apply them to our life. Here are a few of my thoughts.

2  Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Keep God’s word and seek Him wholeheartly.

16  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
The only way not to forget God’s word is by reading, meditating, and applying.

62  At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Wake up at night? Thank God for all He has done.

66  Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Do you want good judgment and knowledge? Go to God.

89  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
God’s word is God’s word, it is true, it is forever.

101  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
I need to make a choice to refrain (H3607 to restrict by act (hold back or in)..) from doing wrong.

114  Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
God is the best hiding place. I am completely protected. Hide in Him and His word.

126  It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
This sounds like today, taking God and His word out of everything.

130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Let the word of God enter your heart. He will give understanding.
Psalm 119 (KJV)


Have a blessed day,
Donna

Monday, November 24, 2014

Make it known



Have a blessed day,
Donna