Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year

I love this time of year! New possibilities, like the morning where God's mercy shines brightly, reflecting off of winter frost, blinding with hope.

Two years ago early on I read 1000 Gifts and began the practice of recording my thankfulness. Last year I started naming them before I rose each morning.

 And I noticed something...

Looking back there is not the same feeling that I've had in years past that I'm glad to be done with it! It was hard! I'm glad that's over!

Instead I see God's faithfulness, even in the hard times. I see that His promises did not fail me. I see the teaching. I see the leading. I see the moments!

My best friend prompted a thought in me that's been swirling around over the last few days...What if I begin to live this year without the worry about tomorrow? What if I choose each day to know that in the end I'll see the whole picture, the whole story?

I'll see that He was faithful.

I think about how that might change my days. How that might result in me being more available to the ones who I love and the people in my path. I resolve to choose the right now this year. I'll probably fail, but always knowing that in my weakness He is made strong.

Be still and know that I am God.


Jen said...

Love the photos Jewel...and the post! Blessings on a wonderful 2013!

Angela Magnotti Andrews said...

Beautiful post, Jewel. I hope I find 1000 Gifts in one of my boxes soon. I believe it is time for me to read it!

Gail @ said...

Beautiful thoughts and images. Thanks for sharing them.

Mary Reed said...

Living in the now and allowing God to take care of tomorrow requires such a sweet closeness with worth it! Beautifully written with precious pictures.
Blessings ~ Mary

I'm a new follower via Unite and would love for you to visit!

Mia De Vries said...

Yes, what a wonderful resolution! My son and I were just talking about this today, and I realized that a life of trust without worrying is the fruit if a relationship where you truly trust your Pappa God. That trust is also a gift from His Hand.

Pamela said...

Trusting. We serve a God worthy of trust. Like you, I fail. Your last sentence encourages me. In my weakness He is made strong.

Precious pictures!

Cathy said...

Love your thoughts here on God's faithfulness and being thankful. Thanks for sharing.

Visiting from the Unite link-up and now following. :)

MyJourneyBack said...

Beautiful post. Wonderful words of wisdom. I really enjoyed my visit. I am your newest follower. Look for my little blue slippers. I came from Unite. I linked too come by and see me.
Have a wonderful week,


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