THIS NEW YEAR, I HOLD IN MY HANDS
Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
You're bound to have a happy new year.
--- Author Unknown
Life is a book in volumes three---
The Past, The Present, And The Yet-To-Be.
The Past is written and laid away
The present we're writing every day,
And the last and best of volumes three
Is locked from sight----GOD KEEPS THE KEY.
The old year is almost past, with all of its joys and sorrows, victories and losses. All of the "might have beens",and the "I wish I hads", are never to be seen again. The "I should haves",and all of the, "Oh, I did it all wrong", are in the past. We can not undo what we might like to change but we can go on and do better in this bright new year!
On January 1,2010, we are given a bright new Year. A totally clean page to begin to write the story of our lives upon. 'How will we use those pages,' is in large degree up to each of us. We can keep our pages clean by using love, kindness, thoughtfulness, consideration in large quantities each day. We can be quick to forgive others as we pray that they forgive us. We can be more patient and realize that others have troubles and problems in their lives as well. We can do to others as we would like for them to do unto us.
This past year has held some losses that I was not expecting. It has held some hurts that I didn't think were deserved. It has also held many victories that God gave so freely. He has sent love from many unexpected sources. God fills all the empty places with His ways and His love and then they are full.The victories, He gives are complete and real. We never lose any good things or people in our lives that God does not give us more and more abundantly.
Even at my age, I am still learning. Yes, this past year, I have made mistakes, and my heart has been broken over each one. God gives forgiveness and then lifts us up to carry on and be right and do right. I have no doubt that in this future, for as long as I continue to breath, I will do the wrong thing at times, say the wrong thing at times not be all that I can be at times. But thanks be to God, He knows that is why, I needed a Saviour. His blood has covered each sin, and made my heart as white as snow.
So, as I begin this new year, please Lord, let me not spoil this clean new page with selfishness, pride, and wrong attitudes. Let me represent you in a way that is pleasing and will point others to your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Let me tell others about you more than ever, let me spread your Precious Name to all that will hear. Lord, please each day, make me more like you.
This year has also held much wonder and great victories in my life. I have grown in Christ and learned to trust more, love more than ever before. I have seen many good things happen, protection given, health restored, ways made straight, battles fought, and won, It is to this end, that I thank the Lord, with my whole heart for His answered prayers, His Grace in my life and in the lives of those that I love and that includes even some of you, have been very evident in our lives this year.
So, I close with this poem to sum up all my thoughts:
I do not know what still awaits,
Or what the morrow brings,
But with the glad salute of faith,
I hail it with open wings!
For this I know------THAT IN MY LORD,
Shall all my needs be met,
And I can trust the heart of Him
Who has not failed me yet....
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS NEW YEAR, MAY I USE IT WISELY AND WITH MUCH LOVE AND COMPASSION. Connie