12 x 24 Oil
Wow, a new year, how quickly they come. A time, many strive to make resolutions to change, improve or “do over”.
I prefer to just reflect back on the year. I browse my calendar, my diary of sorts, from January through December. I also browse through my blog, which often reflects the state of my emotions in words and paintings.
2013 had some awesome moments for me! But, there were also things that I can honestly say, I’d be glad to leave behind in 2013. But, as 2014 is less than 24 hours away, I approach with an amount of uncertainty of the future. Firey darts of fear, anger, the sting of betrayal has and will continue to try and steal my joy and faith but I will NOT be shaken!! With my armor of faith and trust built in the One whose love for me will never be shaken, I will not let the negative and evils of this world set up in my heart. I will rejoice in Him!!
Many of the blessings of 2013 were: I turned 60!!(beginning with a great celebration in Fredricksburg with my bestie), celebrated and blessed with 42 years of marriage-(WOW who would have thought!!) and through a posthumous gift from my mom, a trip of a lifetime with the best of the best friends and those I know, I know are with me always. An awesome surprise mother’s day trip with my loves-Dan’l, Drew, and Mackey(Granpeeps stayed behind and kept Shelby Rae!!). These are just a few of the things I reflect on with gladness and joy. It was a year of a lot of “firsts” without my mom, but was blessed by much from her through memories and joy. There were many other great blessings…too many to include.
He restores, revives, renews…
God knows the plan for 2014, it is already set in motion. In all things, designed by Him, are to draw us closer to Him through our faith, trust, and obedience. I don’t know what His plan is for my 2014. But, I do know, if it is His plan for me to walk through the fire guided by His power and promises, I will not do this because I am strong but because He is. He will restore my joy, revive my faith and renew the promise, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you…” to bring Glory to Him!
We must remember to trust in the only one who will never betray, disappoint or walk away. “Whatever tomorrow brings we will rise and sing. We won’t be shaken…through fire or pouring rain…”(We won’t be Shaken…Building 429)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
Love Through Fire
My prayer and hope for all who is reading this, a very blessed 2014. I approach it with a great promise of many, many of His blessings!! Happy New Year!!
Blessings and Hugs…
Today’s Melody: (If you take the time to listen, YOU WILL BE BLESSED!)
1 Peter 5:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.