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