Psalm 39:5 (NIV)
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
As I sit here and wonder as to where 2014 went and as to what happened to Christmas, I can only remember what the Word of God tells us... we are but a breath. 80, 90, even 100 years is nothing in comparison to eternity and we need to be ready for eternity! That is an infinite amount of time to spend somewhere. Jesus came to earth as a baby so He could die and then offer us the opportunity to live forever with Him in heaven. Believe He is God and that He died and rose again and is now in heaven waiting to return to get us, those who believe He is God, His Bride... the church universal.
So, let me update you... I began writing about my Christmas; I had a new view to Christmas. I had already started this concept in 2013, but now began to implement more ideas. I began to make a document that I could share with you, my readers, and then I got a blue screen! A few days before Christmas I was all ready to share with you my new view to Christmas and BAM! It would not go anywhere and... to crown it all, ALL the blogs I had written and the document I had made were gone! I was devastated, but decided that I was not going to worry about it. I was going to trust the Lord. He knows what is best. And if you are in doubt... He does know what is best.
So, to sum up... I baked, but not as much as I used to, I used more natural and unrefined sugars and made sure that exercise was part of my day. Even if simply to take the dog for a walk. My daughter had transformed an advent calendar with draws, into an exercise routine for the season, so I implemented that, and I took time to rest. Rest is so important. We simply do not realise how much happens when we rest. Stress reduction and detoxing are the two major benefits. Water is also, of course... so necessary to drink, drink, drink.
Just about 10 days before Christmas we remembered our anniversary, how 30 years ago, my husband and I walked down the aisle to pledge ourselves to each other. What a wonderful day that I do not regret. Richard is a good man, faithful and loving, considerate and kind and he complements me so well. Has it been a bed of roses? By no means. But we have walked with each other, talked and discussed, forgiven and let go, learned and listened and most of all, we have always kept the Lord Jesus central. He is the key and makes the cord strong so that it does not break easily.
We had a wonderful Christmas meal with all the family here and we laughed and talked and shared. We went to Temple Baptist Church for the Christmas Eve service and exchanged gifts. It was truly a wonderful Christmas, one of the best in a long number of years.
On the 30th of December, I remembered how my mother went to be with Jesus 10 years ago, and I was here in Canada, she was in South Africa along with some siblings, and other siblings in Germany and Australia. I remembered how the Lord got us all together and we celebrated an amazing woman, Elisabeth Meihack, who left us a legacy of love, hope, strength and joy because of her love for Jesus. How I miss her.
And now on this 15th day of January 2015, I realise that I have to make a few decisions... do I focus on the outcome that I want or do I allow all things to crowd me in and cloud my vision... my vision of making an impact on this world, changing myself so that I can help others change. Growing in God so others can grow in God too. It is a choice. It is a self discipline. It is work.
But as Vince Lombardi said “The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
So here is to 2015... it is going to be a year of excellence, victory, growth and change. I will become a mother in law and I want to be the best mother in law that I can be. I aim to be healthy, full of energy, able to fit into a beautiful dress (back to the basics of a sustainable healthy life style with My Busy Healthy Life) and listen to God through the Bible... His Word, so that He can lead, guide, teach and direct me. (Psalm 32:8). I also aim to renew my relationship with my husband of 30 years, to begin to sow into the lives of those around me and to grow in Christ, so that I may know who I am in Him. I am blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed and forgiven. And if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, let me know, for He is the best and He so much cares about and loves you.
I would love to hear from you, those of you who read my blogs. Let me know what you are thinking so that I can listen to you. What are your desires for this new year? I would love to sit down and listen over the waves.