From my heart to yours –Happy New Year!
As I sat on my drive way, New Year’s Eve, watching and listening to the fireworks; I couldn’t help but reflect on the year -2013. With my head held high, I hoped my heart of gratitude looked like fireworks to my Lord, as I praised Him for all the good in my life! Two words came to mind-abundantly blessed! I am grateful to my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, for the JOY I've experienced and anticipate more of the same in 2014. My prayer as I kissed my husband at midnight was ...more Lord! More!
“Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us HE is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope for.” Ephesians 3:20
As Holly (my daughter and mommy of my first grand baby) and I watched our husbands, Bruce and Caleb, act more like boys than men (as they lit and threw fireworks), the past year seemed to re-run through my mind. Like a slide show, the BOOM and POP where the back ground music to the show- This is my life!
Bruce and I, so in love after 32 years of marriage, have been blessed beyond measure! Both our daughters are married, we love having “sons” in our family and now a beautiful-precious, 6 week old grand baby, Adelyn Grace, is in my arms! Knowing that we are 11 weeks away from Lindsey and Bryan blessing us with a second granddaughter, Prestyn Leigh...life is good and I love this sweet spot! Our blessings seem uncountable, like the stars above my head! Can life get any better than this? Oh… with Christ I know that it will! But for this precious moment…awe…I’ll bask in the joy of the Lord and count my blessings, one by one, thanking God for what He has done!
I’d love to share a few verses with you as a reflection of my 2013.
“Yes! The Lord has done great things for us! What joy!” -Psalm 123:3
Give thanks to the Lord of lords. To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. -Psalm 136
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” -1 Samuel 1:27-28
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.-James 1:7
My prayer for my family and for yours- let us be confident in Jesus Christ who knows our every need and trust Him with our future, as we settle in to 2014.
“See, the former things have taken place, and the NEW things I (The Lord) declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, your islands, and all who live in them. Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.” Isaiah 42: 9-11
And…let them raise their voices in Cypress, and San Antonio, and Dallas; let them shout from the mountaintops of Denver and Jackson Hole, from the deserts of Africa, let them praise the Lord…and from wherever you call home…raise your voice there, too!
Let’s keep shining the light of Jesus Christ, y’all!
Wishing you blessings, good health and much joy in 2014 and always!