NEW YEAR’S DAY

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The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.  – Ivern Ball

PEAS WITH BLACK EYES

My daddy was the most superstitious person ever, so of course I will eat some black-eyed peas for luck in the new year!

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No no no…  not THESE black-eyed peas – the kind you eat!!!  LOL!!!

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions – but I do set goals.  You may think it’s the same thing, but it’s not.  When I resolve to change, it just will not happen.  There’s something about calling it a goal.  It feels like I’m being more kind to myself – not so restrictive and demanding.

My goal this year is to finally get organized.  If you know me personally you are laughing – quit it.  I’m seriously going to get it together this year.  I’ve already put a pegboard and some hooks in my clothes closet to hang my jewelry on – that’s a good start!  I have put a bag in my closet for any articles of clothing that don’t fit – no more saying I’m going to keep them because one of these days I’ll lose all kinds of weight – I’m only going to keep the clothes that fit – anything else is just taking up space for no good reason.

I need professional help – calling the Christian Professional Organizer!

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I’ve kept my scarves folded neatly in a drawer, but I will get a small ladder to hang them on in my closet.  If they’re hanging up they won’t get caught in the drawer or develop permanent folds in awkward places.  I’ll move my sweaters to the drawers.  They won’t get caught up if I only put a couple in each drawer.

I’m going to buy larger jars for things like Q-tips and cotton balls.  The ones I have are alright, but I don’t like having so many left in the bag to store.  It’s a small change, but it matters.

I save the little bottles of lotion from hotels.  We travel so much and I have so many!  I’ve designated some cute Longaberger baskets to hold them.  Another basket holds the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner.  That keeps the drawers in my bathroom from being such a mess.

There is some personalized stationery and a pen in my key basket on my vanity.  Well, I’m beginning to make some progress – like I said, it’s just a goal!

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on how things can be organized.  Maybe I’ll have a place for everything by the end of the year.   HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!   🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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12-29 LET THE BRUISE HEAL COMPLETELY

In December 2014, I’ve seen images of perceived injustice and true injustice.  I’ve heard speeches that are a transparent attempt to pull the races further apart.  I’ve always been a Caucasian woman so I see the world through my gray eyes, but I do not wear rose-colored glasses.  I do not pretend that everything is perfect in this world, in this country or in my community.  I know as well as anyone that there is work to be done by everyone.  As a Caucasian woman I refuse to shoulder all of the responsibility but I am more than willing to meet anyone halfway.  I am prepared to do as much as I can to get along with anyone with the understanding that they will make that same effort with me.

I am not a hater.  I am not a divider.  I am not any label that anyone wants to stick on me.

I’ve prayed throughout the month of December, and I have been led by the Lord to write this post.  I know it’s not giddy and fun, but when I began writing this blog I promised God that I would do so with my ears open to HIS leading.  This is HIS blog and always has been (it always will be). 

Hear me people – my civil rights END at the tip of my nose and so do yours.  Once I begin making demands that make my rights seem more important than yours, I am treading on your rights and diminishing them.  True equality will not come to pass with violence of any kind or with harsh speeches that make others feel less protected and more threatened.

I want nothing between my Lord and I in 2015.  I want to be just as close to Him as I can get.  There is no room for judgment, hate or evil when God is with me and His Holy Spirit is guiding me.

That’s the bottom line – if it is peace we want in our country – an INDIVISIBLE country, as we say in the Pledge of Allegiance – then it comes down to each person deciding to chase after it with a sense of real purpose.  I want that and vow to pray for America and be the person I know God wants me to be in the upcoming year.

Remember the GOLDEN RULE???  It seems to be a bit tarnished nowadays.  Let’s shine it up with the cloth of God’s love and let HIS LOVE shine through us to everyone in 2015!

I’m just one voice – one Caucasian woman, writing what God laid on my heart to write.  I was obedient.  I can’t change a heart or a mind.  THAT is up to God.  ❤

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WEEK

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The Bible does not speak either for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions.  It seems the most common resolution has to do with breaking a bad habit or two, such as smoking or lack of exercise.  The Bible instructs us to keep exercise in perspective.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  – 1 Timothy 4:8

Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with the physical realm, and not the spiritual realm.  As Christians we can do better.  Maybe we should resolve to read the Bible every day or to attend church more regularly.  The problem with these resolutions is that there is no real power behind them.  The way to make resolutions matter and stick to them is to pray for the power source to come into your heart and life to kick-start the change.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep your resolutions – if you really want to keep them. 

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:13

If God’s Holy Spirit is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has a better chance to succeed, depending on your commitment to it.  If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will give you everything you need to fulfill it.  If a resolution is not honoring God or does not agree with God’s Word, we won’t receive the Holy Spirit’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  – John 15:5

It’s okay to make non-spiritual New Year’s resolutions, but it’s the spiritual ones that have the added power of God’s Holy Spirit behind them.  How about asking the Lord for more wisdom this year?

 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  – James 1:5

Pray for wisdom about how to keep your resolutions.  Rely on God’s strength to help you and find an accountability partner to help you along.  There will be weak moments and discouragement, but those are the times you just have to get up, dust yourself off and begin again.  Learn from mistakes and move forward.  Don’t become proud or vain with success, but give God all the glory.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  – Psalm 37:5-6

We are faced with choices every day. Will we ask God’s Holy Spirit for wisdom in decisions or will we try to navigate these choppy waters on our own? Most Christians will tell you the reason they don’t get really worked up about anything is because they know where their strength comes from. It comes from God. There’s something about knowing that He has control of absolutely everything! That brings such comfort and joy to my soul. It helps me relax when things get a bit sticky in my life.

So what will your choice be today – empty and uptight, or full and contented?

The choice I make today is FULL – and I’m going to go on to say – FULL TO OVERFLOWING! I need the love of God in my heart and in my life. Bring it on, Lord! With Your help, I can do ANYTHING!

 A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  – Author Unknown

This year we will make spiritual New Year’s resolutions and pray for God to help us to keep and maintain them.

God bless you in 2014.

An Enriched New Year

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The word HAPPY is so over-used and under-effective to my way of thinking. Happiness does not hold a candle to JOY, and real JOY comes from GOD! Some people share my opinion and will tell you to have a BLESSED New Year. Sadly, I think the word BLESSED is getting over-used as well.

Here is my greeting: Have an ENRICHED New Year and may God grant you wisdom in all situations and make crystal clear what all of your options are so that you can choose the best one.

For every bad decision we make in life, there is most certainly a consequence that goes along with it. But to put a positive truth out there, for every good decision we make in life, there is most certainly a reward that goes along with it. I choose the good, the right, the best. I want God’s very best in my life. I pray you do the same.

I look ahead with a calm assurance that God will work in my life this year! He knows my dreams and only He knows how the timing will come together. I know when I need to know, and I’m okay with that. I trust God to help me achieve my goals. He is never a disappointment to me and He never will be.

 Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.  – Henry Ward Beecher

The decision to let go of the reins and let God do the driving is not easy for some people. There are some Christian control freaks, believe me! Most of them do not like the saying, “Let go and let God…” in the least. When they don’t ask God ahead of time and make the wrong decision, they wonder why they are not receiving God’s best. But if you do not ask for God’s help, He will just let you wander around aimlessly, relying on your own compass. When you finally learn that you are not omnipotent or omnipresent, but God is – then you begin to understand the real reason it might be a better choice to seek His direction before you begin walking.

Have you prayed this New Year? Some people pray the new year in, and I believe that is the most powerful and positive way to assure that you have an enriched new year! Humbly bow before your God and seek His face. Seek His direction for your life. But don’t stop seeking at midnight New Year’s Eve. Seek Him in prayer every day of the year. What a difference you will notice in every aspect of your life.

Some people will have a happy new year, but happiness does not last. Some people will have a blessed new year, but if they do not want to relinquish control, it may not be as blessed as they hope it will be.

I choose to pray and seek God’s direction every day of this new year, how about you?

NEW YEAR’S EVE

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January 1967 Back when life was carefree

 

 

For me, this day is a time of reflection. I do a lot of thinking about the past and all of the times I’ve heard the song AULD LANG SYNE in my lifetime. My most vivid memory is sitting in front of our black and white Zenith television watching the Guy Lumbardo New Year’s Eve special, eating popcorn, roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. We used to roast wieners over the wood-burning fire in the fireplace then toast the marshmallows for dessert.

When the clock struck midnight, my little family would hold hands and pray the new year in. There was something so comforting about knowing we had invited God into our lives for another year. We knew that everything would be alright at that point.

There’s something so sad about the song “Auld Lang Syne”. I cry every time I hear it! The very meaning of the title is sad to me. It means “Times Gone By” in Scottish. Although it was written back in the 1700’s and transcribed by Robert Burns so we in America could sing it, the tradition is so deeply rooted that we just don’t realize it is a new year without singing that particular song at midnight on New Year’s Eve. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight to avoid hearing it.

The words “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by” just about kill me inside. Those really were good times and I can’t stay there very long. I must look ahead toward the new year. I am determined to make these my best days. My future looks very bright and exciting!

So what lies ahead for Linda? I am praying about that and waiting on God. That’s a great plan to have. Until it is time to realize my dream, I will keep preparing for it. When God says it is time to move, I will be ready. I will have my ducks in a row, for to pray for a dream to be realized is more than just wishing and hoping. It is hard work and preparation. It is knowing that you have poured the very best of yourself into a project. But the timing is in God’s hands. I leave the timing to Him.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  – Hal Borland

I will not write the next great novel, but I would like to publish a book of poetry, prayers and quotes. Thus far, I have over 80 poems, about 10 quotes and 20 prayers written. I just keep writing and waiting. When it’s time to do something with them, I will know.

I pray God blesses you richly in 2014. Happy New Year! 😀

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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1-1 A BIBLE VERSE RESOLUTION

 

There’s an old saying that spells the word K.I.S.S. KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! That is exactly what I intend to do when New Year’s Eve rolls around. I have leaned on the same scripture every year for decades. Psalm 34:4 reminds me of how I ought to face every situation that comes along. The first 4 words say it all… I SOUGHT THE LORD.

The peace of God in my life means so much to me and this one tiny verse in Psalms reminds me of what I need to do every day – seek the LORD. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well it’s not always as easy as it seems to the innocent bystander. In some instances, I want to fix it for myself and not depend on the wisdom of the Father. But that’s not what God wants me to do. I need that verse at those times. I need to have it memorized so I remember what is expected of me, for if I do not do my part, God cannot do His.

Instead of overwhelming yourself with self-made rules and demands, try choosing one simple verse from the Bible to take with you through the coming year. You may want to lean on a different verse than I do and that’s fine. There’s just something about the Psalms that brings comfort to my soul. After a loss, during a bout of illness, when you have lost a good friend, or if your pet dies, there is nothing like a Psalm to restore peace and make things seem better.

So I invite you to search the scriptures and find one that speaks to your heart. Memorize it and keep it hidden in your heart that you might not sin against God. It may seem like a small thing, but when troubles come believe me, that one tiny act of obedience will matter a great deal.

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. There’s not a better time to find a scripture and cling to it. When you find it, why don’t you leave the reference in the “comments” section of my blog? I’d love to see which verse(s) you decide to claim for 2014. God bless you extra-special good in the coming year! ❤