Archive | December 2013

The Start of a New Chapter in Life

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The dawn of retirement will soon be here, 12/31/2013 — The first day of a new chapter in my life!  Many things go through my mind as I step off into this new stage of my life.  Retirement means I am old?   Perhaps, but I choose not to think of it that way  (well most of the time anyway!)  🙂  I would rather think of it as just the ending of one way of life and the beginning of a new way.  I wonder what this next chapter of my life has in store for me. What is God’s plan for me?  I know that whatever I do, He will be at the center of it, guiding me and prodding me in the right direction.  I need to listen for His words of what  He wants from me and for me.

I’m excited to be retiring!  No more worries of having to drive to work on snowy or icy days!  Praise the Lord for that!  Opportunities to try new things, go new places, meet new people.  I will have more time to spend improving on things I already enjoy, like quilting, sewing, writing. etc.  I plan to do a lot more blogging and working harder to make my posts more interesting and inviting to others.  It will be a wonderful learning experience for me.  Of course I will be able to better keep up with the wonderful blogs I follow as well.  I love reading what others share and learning all the time from them.

I read a quote from Gloria Gaither recently that describes the excitement of this new chapter.  “Lovely, complicated wrappings sheath the gift of one-day-more; Breathless, I untie the package–Never lived this day before!”   I look forward to each day untying the ribbons on the package; living a new day such as I have never lived before!  Each day is a gift from God to be treasured!    2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

I will miss parts of my old life, of course, especially the people I have been fortunate to work for and with.  I have been very lucky indeed and met many wonderful people along the way, many who have made a difference in my life and taught me many things.  But, as I said before, I am excited about what is in store for me!

I joke that the excitement will be, as I mentioned earlier, when I am leaping for joy on the first snowy day I can stay home instead of driving anywhere, but of course that is not it.  (well not totally-lol) The excitement comes from knowing that every day can bring something new if I allow myself to be open to each one.  As I read in a quote by an unknown author,  “Every moment is full of wonder and God is always present.”

So, here’s to the closing of an amazing year in my life (2013), the end of more than 45 years in the working world and the opening of a new year and a new stage in my life!    Goodbye 2013!  Welcome 2014!

Let’s pray for a wonderful new year for each and every one of us; a year filled with all the blessings God so generously gives us if we just open our hearts to Him and let Him in.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ponder this…..

Another of my favorite Christmas songs. I can’t possibly add anything more than my friend Skye did in this blog post today about the Miracle who is Jesus Christ, born to die for us so that we might be saved.

 

What road do you want to travel on?

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A positive mind strengthens itself .  A negative mind strengthens its barriers.  unknown author

I came across the above quote this morning on the internet and it started me thinking about the two choices we have of the roads we choose to travel;  the road of negativity or positivity.    Which one do you choose?

It is so easy sometimes to choose the negative road.  We start out our day by saying ” Well it will probably be just another bad day!  Nothing ever goes right in my life!”    I know of a few people who begin each day of their lives with this self-defeating prophesy.  I’ve done it myself as well from time to time.  At the end of the day we can often see that we were right — it was a bad day!  Why?  Because we decided it would be before the day ever began.  I dislike it when I take that attitude and definitely prefer not to be around others who do as well.
Our other option is to start out our day on a positive basis.   Include the Lord in our life every day.  Psalms 118:24 This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  A great verse to remember each day.  Does it mean that our day will be perfect? that nothing will go wrong and we will get all we wish for?  No, life is not perfect and we don’t get everything we want, but do we increase our chances of a better day?  Can we feel a lot better at the end of the day about even those things that don’t turn out quite the way we want them to?  Yes, I believe that.   Certainly, if we start out our day trusting in God and knowing He is in control at all times, our chances of a positive day are increased in great  measure!

We should try to remind ourselves daily that as he says in Matthew 19:26,   ‘with God all things are possible’.     I wish you a wonderfully positive day, every day!    May you always view your glass as being half full or more, not half empty or less.

Have a great day!

Making Beautiful Things

A quote from this blog post that sums it all up: “we don’t have to be the best at something for God to use us and make something beautiful out of it” This post touched my heart–my very favorite gifts are those that are made with love. Though I haven’t done a lot of that as of late, I get the most enjoyment from giving gifts I have made myself also.

I Sing Because I'm Free

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You’re making all things 

Beautiful in Your own time

Use these hands of mine!

Early on this Christmas Season, I made a vow to do much less shopping and to spend more time making things for others.  I made a scarf several weeks ago, and although it was not perfect, my oldest daughter told me she was putting in her order early.  She wants a purple one for Christmas.

I had surgery earlier this week and knew that I would need to find something to keep me occupied while I rest and recover.  Crocheting was just the thing!  No, my crocheting is not perfect- far from it, in fact!  But as I sit here and weave the loops of bright purple yarn together, I think about how carefully God has hand-crafted each one of us- hand picked  and given special skills and talents to be used for His purposes.  …

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Let me tell you about my blessings….

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1 Corinthians 13:13

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives?  If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot.  After all, first things first!  A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and  breakfast is not a good day at all!   Right??   Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!

When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with!  I had a deep  sense of love and feelings of well -being!  Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend.  God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life.  This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.

What was so different about Wednesday from other days?  I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past  few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters.  I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen.  I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby.    My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit.   She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others.  All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.

The Lord has truly blessed me.  My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults!   Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot!  I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them.  Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.

Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Merry Christmas!