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:
àAttend a Bible study
àKeep a thankful/grateful journal
àRead the Bible
àMemorize scripture to help with problems/issues
àPray 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:
àProtection from storm
àCup of tea
àGod’s glorious creation
àMorning sounds of birds and squirrels – I can
àMark doing well after surgery
àBreakfast with friends
àGod’s wonderful creation
àBible – daily comfort from God’s word
àStove – I don’t have to cook over a camp fire
àRefrigeration – keeps my food cold
àIreland trip with the family – blessing and
àNeighbors – we are so blessed with great
àAnnual “tea” with granddaughters
àBeautiful sunrise – I can see
àSkype with grandsons
àGod’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.
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
Here is my very short list:
My wonderful husband, Mark –
God’s marvelous creation
Quiet time with God
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
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
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
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.