Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009... Season of Change

First I want to share a card with you... I got 4 new stamp sets for Christmas... too cool!... and Seasons of Friendship was one of them... I just love that set... I also included the butterfly from Flight of the Butterfly which I also got for Christmas... I know it is a very simple card, but I liked the way it turned out... groovy guava & baja breeze were my colors along with chocolate chip.
Happy New Year! How was your celebration or was it a celebration? I have in the past looked at the new year starting as a way of looking back at all I failed to do in the previous year... that was definitely a different time in my life... I no longer look back to see what I didn't accomplish but I try to enthusiastically look forward to see where my path may lead... you never know what great things maybe waiting around the next corner. "2008" was a great year for us all the way around... physically, emotionally, spiritually... the only glitch was losing my job, but we are surviving & we are so thankful for God's provision. Plus, I am getting to do so many things for the ministry of the church that I would never had the time to do... oh what I would be missing!
Yesterday I was reading in Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
It goes on to explain all the "seasons" of life, but verse 6 just jumped out at me... "A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;" That is how I want to start my year off... realize that life keeps going & changing... there will always be loss in life, but from that loss I need to be able to find the good to come... I better be ready to accept it & roll with the punches... I need to keep growing & changing or I will become stale & sad... I do know for sure that no matter the season of my life I need to keep trusting God... and all He is really asking from me is an open, willing heart and a good attitude.
Just as the winter turns to spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember -- God has plans for you. - Sper
with a grateFUL HEART, carin


Anonymous said...

You stepped up my evening with these lovely thoughts. Thank you dear friend for always sharing with me. Doug & I went on our "date" today. We went to see the movie 'Seven Pounds' - very, very good. We saw Pastor Chris, Vickie & Ashley there. They had seen 'Say Yes" and they said to say no to that one. Have a rest of a great evening. Love you - Sharon

Anonymous said...

Hey Carin,
Beautiful card, with a great message. As I'm at the computer desk the sun is blazing outside. Boy how it warms the spirit, even if it's only 18 degrees outside. How we tend to take the warmth of friends for granted. Then a little ray of lite appears and warms up our spirit! Some times in the gloominess of being trapped inside on a cloudy day, we need to stop and remember the warmth the One who is always with us, in ourselves and in those around us who radiate Him. Thanks for being a ray, and remember God always has a job for us to do, it just doesn't always pay in cash!! Thanks for sharing the verses, let them shine on!! Your friend in Christ, MaryMartha;)