Our feathery friends. : )
It's been quite the weather the last few days. Starting out as freezing rain on Saturday which created all sorts of problems, then it turned warmish for Sunday (thank goodness) which cleared off the roads and walkways, and then yesterday it snowed quite a bit. So I'm now looking out the window at beautiful sunshine and clean, fresh snow. : )
I thought I would post one last blogpost of 2019 as I pause with a little mid-morning break. So......here we are. Close to taking Christmas down for another year and close to ushering in a brand new year. Hard to believe really. I've always been very sentimental about a new year. Even when very young growing up I felt there should always be some kind of celebration for it and was always bummed when everyone just called it a night. There was always something in me that wished and hoped for a better year than the one we just came out of even though as a young child what could have been so bad for me to feel that way?
As an adult, perspective has a way of showing us what is. And I think I said this last December 31st - that most of us carry into the new year the stuff from the old year and that is sad in many ways. Broken relationships, death, sickness, loss of a job, uncertainty, fear, worry - they don't just go away. We will wake up tomorrow (Lord willing) and those things are still there. But there is also something in a January 1st that gives some kind of hope. Maybe there will be restoration. Maybe there will be joy again. Maybe there will be healing. Maybe there is another job out there. That's what I have always hoped for on December 31st.
We can certainly look around at the way the world has (and is) changed and we can sometimes lose that hope. People seem to have lost decency, manners, morals. But if we look hard enough (and sometimes we do have to look hard) there are still people who are making a difference. People who love and care about someone besides themselves. They step up and do the right thing. They are people who work behind the scenes instead of wanting to be in the forefront. And then if you get a whole lot of those kinds of people together, well........they get wonderful things done!
In this new year, let's look for those people. Let's BE those people. It may not take care of the trials that we all face from time to time - there will still be sadness, and death, and discouragement, and all kinds of little annoyances - but in the between times, the times where when we've gone through it, we rise up and encourage one another with the hope that we have.
This year I'm so very grateful for all of you who read my blog. Really. Seriously. I've always enjoyed writing and I find it humbling that someone would actually sit down and read it! I SO enjoy when you leave comments because that motivates me and if you can think of anything that might be of some interest to you it would be fun for me to know what that would be! I'm not an expert on anything - just your average homemaker who has some thoughts on a few things. : ) I have a few interests that I enjoy sharing.
So, before I go I want to wish you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope that you can celebrate in some way - even just giving thanks to the Lord for how He has brought you thus far. I pray that 2020 will be the year that you will give your life to Jesus if you haven't already and if you have, that you will call upon Him in everything that you do. I pray that your families are strengthened and encouraged this year. I pray that you will continue to do your best in your homes because our society needs strong homes. And I pray that we will all try our best to make a difference. God bless.