” I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year. “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” He replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way. (Minnie Louise Haskins.)
It mades no sense but I couldn’t seem to shake my apprehension about this year. There’s no logical reason, it wasn’t due to Trump, Korea, Brexit etc. those kind of things are always around. It was the actual date 2018, something about the numbers . I kept telling myself it was stupid, but nothing worked till I came accross this quote. Then I remembered, it doesn’t matter what may be ahead as long as my hand is firmly in His.
It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between tiredness and lethargy as one gets older. This has been a main focus of my New Year deliberations.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the difference lies in being decisive, having definite goals throughout each day, not just a vauge”to do list” seldom refered to. My energy is more limited than it used to be, but that is all the more reason to use it (and my remaining time) constructively – to plan rather than drift. It’s not really about doing more, rather about focusing when I’m doing. When you’re tired you tend to let your life drift following circumstance rather than being in control. It’s tough to explain. It’s like there’s a switch you turn on, a possitivity switch almost – you take control. It’s not that you were negative before, rather that you are drifting, but drifting leads to apathy and apathy to discouragement and worse. It’s having a vision pursuing those dreams etc. regardless of how much energy you have to spend each day. I find not only my happiness, but my energy rises a when I’m focused. Hope that makes sense!
1)To stop each morning to jot down a plan for the day, including some neglected areas.
a) Doing something for my body and appearance. Unlike most women I hardly think about these things other than to stay clean and tidy. As my body gets older it needs more care and thinking what to wear (I’m 99% in the same rotated jeans and T shirts).
b) Doing something for my flat, though always clean and tidy, housework is not a favourite of mine so I tend to do the minimum. How inspiring to see the cupboards tidy and organised etc. (I just might find some long lost items lol!)
c) Actually plan what I’m going to eat. Like with the clothes, I eat the same old things to save having to think about it. This goes hand in hand with my next item.
2) I’m sick of being just slightly overweight. Yes, most folks are bigger at my age but that is no consolation when I look in the mirror and see my flabby chin or little waist doughnut. I lost weight during my move due to stress. It wasn’t a healthy weight loss so it went straight back on, but I remember looking in the mirror and seeing what a big difference it made. I want that – but healthily and planning meals is a part of that.
3) Having found a possible agent for my book I’m keen to plough through the suggested revisions and hopefully get it published. Along with that I want to finish the sequel. This last being the easiest resolution as I’m all fired up to do it.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year full of love, change, vision and your hearts desires!
I’ve always felt the days between Christmas and New Year a time of evaluation, a time to reset my compass. It could make sense to celebrate new year on the 23rd of December, winter solstice, when night recedes, and days begin to lengthen, but perhaps it’s better this way. No one knows when Christ was born, but Dec. 25th seems a good choice, when “light comes to the world”.
He didn’t come with a trumpet blast, a sudden dramatic arrival. Rather He slid in quietly, as a tiny babe. (Much like our deepest resolutions, known only to those closest). Though greeted by angels and shepherds, and later prophets and wise men, his arrival was unknown to the vast majority, who were unaware of any change.
It was thirty years before His big public ministry began. Isn’t that how change usually comes? Begun by a define choice, a point of time we commit to a course of action, it’s manifestation appears slowly. Often there are things we must learn and experience before we can fully embrace our goal.
Christmas was commitment when Christ took the first step, by being born in the flesh. He had yet to expose himself to public scrutiny, to heal the sick, to walk on water, to die for us. He had choice as we do. At any point in those 33 years he could have thrown in the towel and walked away to hide in obscurity, but birth was his first commitment, when it all began.
So, I like to take time to ponder my path. Heart cleansed by the remaining gifts of Christmas, love, compassion, unity, I pray about my path and reset my compass for the year ahead.
As focus drifts from Christmas to resolutions a misleading conception saddens me – “abundant life”. It’s preached as being God’s promise of abundant supply, riches, a prospering business, a new car etc. etc. Some even measure others by their prosperity. How odd to think that a God who chose to be born in a stable and wander the land as an itinerant preacher, sleeping rough with his followers, would be interested in such things.
Sure He cares for His children and supplies their needs as promised, but this gift of “abundant life” is so much more than that! Like the old picture of a child dropping her doll to receive a snow white dove, abundant life is so much more!
John says “in Him was life” the life, creative power to heal and mend hearts, minds and bodies. It says, “He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly”. That this power of life can live in us to such a degree that it bursts forth on others, bringing life, healing, and peace. “Abundant life” is authority to access the power of the spiritual realm and perform miracles through that “life spirit” bringing forth fruit, not of sordid material possessions, but miracles of healing, redemption and changed lives. The former pales in comparison to the latter.
Just a thought when setting goals and resolutions.
Great New Year thought!
As we begin a new year our life’s road stretches out before us. Look ahead; what do you see?
Like the picture you might see cold snow and ice for a piece, and then the thaw of spring out ahead…
Maybe you are going through hard times right now; many people are. Maybe things are going well… even many of these are worried about the future in such uncertain times. There are nasty economic rumblings out there; in some places there are people in the streets crying out for change. In some parts of this world there is unrest; unease everywhere.
Are you walking down your life’s road all alone?
Maybe you are going along with your family and your spouse as a strong unit; if so that’s a very good thing. If you falter, maybe they can carry you a ways…
What if you all falter… then what?
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I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better to you than light and safer than a known way.”
(Minnie Louise Haskins. 1875 – 1957)
It’s my habit at years end to recall all that’s happened. I’m always encouraged that, what seems like a nondescript year, has often contained a great deal of progress and accomplishment.
Of course accomplishments come in many forms. Top of my list come anyone I’ve helped or have helped me, new friendships, barriers removed, old wounds healed etc.
I find as I begin to jot them down, more and more spring to mind. Soon I have a long list and my heart rejoices. My year has been spent well. Without this time to stop and consider I would not have perceived it.
If you’ve not tried it before I encourage you to take stock – it’s a real confidence booster!
To help get started here’s a few less personal items from my list.
1)My biggest one – helped my daughter and grandson relocate from an increasingly dangerous situation in Mexico, get set up in the UK and deal with many turbulent issues concerning these changes.
2) Made many new friends both on and off line.
3) Learnt to sail while helping the handicapped with CVSS.
4) Due to my daughters prolonged stay added vital layers to the principal characters in my book (she’s also a writer and characterization is her strong point – my weakest)
5) After 2 years of trying found the perfect yoga teacher/ time/ location.
Things maintained from previous years.
1)Healthy lifestyle (eating exercise etc.)
2)Daily prayer and time with Jesus.
3) Blog posts.
4)Staying positive and patient with my overactive 10 year old grandson while completing SAT test homework etc. lol!
Things I planned and didn’t do.(In case you think I did so well.)
1)Swim once a week (abysmal failure I went once all year! lol!)
2)Paint. (only one painting all year (whoops!))
Guess I’ll work on those this year together with my very procrastinated – publish my novel!
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!
I awoke this morning I feeling strangely enthusiastic about this new year (a feeling much at odds with my thoughts and world outlook for sure!) Not the typical new year resolution euphoria (after 64 of them I don’t really get that lol!) more a deep and comforting premonition that something good is coming this year. What it might be I couldn’t say. I’m very content and it’s hard to see how my life could be further enriched. I pray it might be in the lives of my loved ones, or the precious folks here in “blog land”, better still, for all those weary souls at large in the world, a blessing for mankind, that would best enhance my life. I pray it is so.