Happy New Year!!

Hello all!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are now looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  I awoke VERY early this morning to the sounds of Glenn in the bathroom sick with a stomach virus.  We are starting the new year off with a bang.  So in a little while, I will be going to town to buy Lysol and fluids.  One in hopes of keeping the rest of healthy and the other to get the sick one healthy again.  Can you relate??  I am sure you can.  So much sickness seems to go around in winter.  I think it's because we stay cooped up in the house to avoid the cold.  Anyway, that's not where I wanted to go with this post. 
     I didn't make any resolutions as such this year.  I haven't in many years because I just end up breaking them and feeling bad because I did!  I am determined, however, to try to do a few things I haven't been doing and do a few more things I have been doing a bit better.  Pretty run of the mill things like save a little money for a rainy day, eat better, spend more time on the things that really matter, God, and family for example.  But will I really do it?  Remains to be seen.  I have high hopes and I am sure I mean it.......right now anyway.  But what about when real life intrudes?  When I am tired and achy and don't feel like cooking a healthy meal, will I give in and run through the drive thru for a fast food heart attack in a sack?  Probably, at least some of the time.  When those unexpected expenses come up as they always do, will I tell myself I just can't stretch the paycheck far enough to cover this and save too?  Again, probably.  When I am pulled six ways to Sunday and there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done I think I need to do, will I sacrifice time with the Lord and my family to make time for that other stuff?  Again, probably, at least some of the time.  Is it good that I don't hold the line and stick to what I said I needed to do?  Definitely NOT!  My Lord and my family are the greatest blessings in my life.  I can save money another day and eat broccoli (yuck!) another day, but time lost with my Lord and my family cannot be reclaimed or replaced or made up.  With William is college now, his time at home with us is very precious to me.  This Christmas holiday time has been so sweet for me.  We've sat and sang in the living room and laughed at funny movies and cooked goodies together.  We decorated the tree and took it down again.....all together as a unit.  There have been so many moments that really aren't remarkable or unusual that happened over the holidays that I tried to take a screenshot of in my mind and my heart.  We all probably read the Christmas story at some point this year, and there is the scripture that says Mary kept all the sayings of the wise men and pondered them in her heart.  I never really understood what that meant.  But this year, I think I may have had a glimpse of what it meant as I tried to keep things in my heart to pull out and remember later when my baby is once again gone to college and we are a scattered family once again.  I know that the closeness and togetherness we have always enjoyed is swiftly coming to an end as my children grow up and start to go out into the world to begin the real life of an adult.  That makes these moments all the more precious.  I only hope that my memory holds up so I can store thousands of these things up in my heart to pull out in the years ahead when maybe I can't see them or be near them as much as I'd like to be.  I know Mary must have pulled out those precious memories many times and poured over them, especially as she had to stand and watch her precious son suffer and die.  I know the sayings of the wise men and the miracles she witnessed were of great comfort as she watched her son ascend into heaven, leaving her behind.  She had a comfort in knowing that one day she would join Him where He was.  We have that promise too.  If we are faithful to the end, we will join our Lord in the place He went ahead of us to prepare.  Are you ready for Him to return and receive you unto Himself?  As we enter a new year in an increasingly treacherous world, are you ready if your turn comes this year to join Him in heaven?  It is my prayer that you are ready and waiting eagerly for the Lord to come for you.  If you are not ready, I pray that you find the encouragement you need to get ready to face whatever comes tomorrow with a new found friend walking right beside you.  Blessings to you and yours now and always.  Until later......

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