This week we bid farewell to the old year…finally.
This week we welcome a new year; a blank page upon which to write a new story.
As I’ve installed new calendar pages in my journal and reviewed the notes from 2014 I’m impressed by the wondrous blessing bestowed on our life.
Oh, don’t get me wrong—there have been some bumps in the road in the old year, but here’s the thing: in order to be contented, filled with joy and at peace there is only one way to deal with those bumps.
Get over it.
A while back i found the following on my facebook page:
“Always know when to let go. When a thought is bringing you more misery than peace, let go of the thought; when a person is bringing more pain than joy to your life, let go… You cannot be your best if you lack joy and peace.”
“Close the door to the past, open the door to t he future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in life.”
“when you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. Let it go.”
So here I am…giving thanks for the blessings and getting over the rest. Apostle Paul says it best:
… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Now back to the important stuff—the blessings.
In ’14 I learned, you can’t make the same mistake twice, because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice.
We received an email from a friend we thought was lost to us as we navigated one of the bumps. He said “Sorry. Love you guys.” A huge blessing
I was re-inspired to draw and write, blog, garden and enjoy our life. “Do it NOW! Sometimes later, becomes never.” I learned that what messes me up most in life is the picture in my head of “how it’s supposed to be.”
Giving thanks for all of our blessings is an excellent way to end the old year. Anticipating the story we will write on the blank pages of the new year brings an opportunity to live in God’s sunshine and Love, knowing in our hearts the future is full of promise. And, if I start to complain about our circumstances, I’ll just ask myself “if I change my attitude or my behavior will the problem be solved.”
The pages of yesterday cannot be revised, but the pages of tomorrow are blank and we hold the pen. Make the story inspiring.
Christ follower 💜
Artist & Author