This year began with many questions looming large. A few:
Would our daughter beat Ovarian Cancer?
Would our dream to live in rural America materialize?
Would retirement finally come for hubby?
Would our youngest son finally find suitable employment?
Would our energy stores be sufficient for unfolding demands?
Could I actually train a puppy?
Would we find & enjoy a new Church?
Those and many other questions have been answered ~ at least in part, and largely in the positive (if not the powerful). I am grateful. 2014 has been a mixed-bag year; a year of tears & frustration; of excitement & joy, of fits & starts & dead-ends; of holding on & letting go; of new adventures & exciting projects. Yes ... a mixed bag.
Come to think of it, it's a bit scary to step onto a clean, white canvass with nary a vision or thought in sight about what's to be painted there.
Thus it is my hope & prayer that I will continue to hear God's voice in the days to come; that I will walk decidedly & courageously in the direction He leads; that it will continue to be my heart's desire to be at the center of His will; to overcome anything that sabotages that initiative (I could write a tome on that subject alone).
When all else fails, it is always good to begin at the beginning because He is forever & always in residence there (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1). In the beginning God ...
However, just because we've done our planning
doesn't guarantee our goals will be met. The process
of setting goals must be infused with humility
~ See James 4:13-14
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gates.