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The Dawning of a New Year


So long 2017, Hello 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, I am thankful and look forward to welcoming the new year in 2018. 2017 was a very difficult year for me and my family. But, it was also a year where I saw God do a miraculous work of healing and forgiveness, faith and restoration in our lives that only comes in knowing Him and having a personal relationship with His son, Jesus, the King of Kings born to the world so that all would come, seeking Him.

As we enter into this new year I choose not to dwell on those things that tested my faith and weakened my resolve when I went through those times in 2017, but instead the moment I have now.

I am learning what it means to have an ‘unshakable trust’ in God where we come to a place of complete surrender, relying on Him in every situation we find ourselves in. When I relinquish all my worries and fears over to Him my burdens are lifted. Giving Him all that we have no control over, or answers for frees us from the worry and stress, or searching for ways to deal with whatever we face in life. It is about letting go of our hang-ups, our problems so that He can do His work in our lives. I choose to not dwell on the past, upon mistakes made or regrets for things that did not work according to my plan. But, instead live for this moment now, with Him. I am not concerned about pushing my agenda or making ‘new year’s resolutions’ or lists for tentative plans for my future as I might fail, and things work out differently. With God I know all things work according to His plan and His will when I just trust him with that kind of unshakable trust. In Jeremiah 29:11, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

I want to personally thank all the readers, bloggers and followers who have visited my blog site this year and I hope something you have read or seen here has inspired you, blessed you or entertained you. It has been a pleasure and joy interacting via WordPress with you all.

Happy New Year to all.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2017)


Posted December 31, 2017 by Joyce in Chrisitanity, Faith, My Writings

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A New Year Begins

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Looking east towards St. Louis, Mo, while on a road trip, years ago (taken from my car). Photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

 

A new year looms; predictions are made.

Do we dare look ahead with expectant hope

that we can live our life in safety, not fear,

and that what we believe to be what we need

can be realized, not a promise unseen?

Change is what we make it,

lying dormant until we produce.

Those New Year resolutions that filled a list

may become but empty regrets,

but, a moment in time is a precious thing;

it is that which comes only once,

so, I’ll cherish that moment with what counts most,

and I’ll fill it with what will last.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)

When I reflect back on 2015 and prior to opportunities I had interacting with bloggers, writers, and friends on Word Press, and social media sites, I am grateful and thankful for the people I came to know and care about. Sometimes, there is only a fleeting moment in time when opportunity comes around just once. What we say, what we do, even to just encourage one, or pray for them might be that one time that can make a difference.  

It is the same with our friends and family outside of the blogging community; telling one we love them, care about them. When we see the terrorism, wars, shootings, and chaos our country, our world has experienced and still faces today, our lives remain as fleeting as that moment in time, for it could be our last. Those are moments I don’t want to miss. So, I balance my time more carefully now, and I look at each new day, each moment in time as a gift from God. 

I want to take this moment to tell each one out there who has visited my blog site, read my posts, followed me, or commented that I care about you. I hope that your new year will be a blessed one, and that you will have a happy, healthy and safe new year in 2016. Thank you all for reading my posts, visiting my blog site and commenting on those posts you enjoyed. Here’s to a new year in 2016. Savor each moment you have, and God bless you all.     

Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


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