Archive for January 1st, 2009

New Year’s Meditations/Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
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Not only is this the first day of a new year, it is also a Thursday, time to do a Thankful Thursday
post. Iris, the hostess of Thankful Thursday, is taking part in a New Year’s Meditation which is being hosted by her friend Lori of Lori’s Reflections. I’ll do the same.

Lori doesn’t like New Year’s Resolutions, but instead asks, ‘What are your hopes, dreams, desires and/or goals for 2009?’

As a mature mother and young grandmother, I am at a season in life when continued faithfulness in my calling is required. My goals for this New Year have to do with perseverance. I must ‘keep on keeping on.’

  1. I hope, desire and plan to continue using the means of grace God has given, such as listening to the preaching of His Word, praying to Him, and meditating upon His Word, to continue to grow in grace. 2 Peter 3:18, ‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever, Amen.’
  2. Remembering that I am called to be a ‘keeper at home’ (Titus 2:5), I hope, desire and plan to be more vigilant concerning how much time I spend online, so that I don’t take valuable time away from my family and my home. Specifically,
    1. Conversing with my husband and children (and grandchildren!) is of higher priority to me than doing blog posts and visiting friends’ blogs. I’m not giving up on the internet, just readjusting my focus.
    2. I have long enjoyed preparing wholesome meals for my family, but want to make a more concerted effort to plan ahead, now that I work part time outside the home.
    3. This year, I want to systematically tackle the larger cleaning projects that are part of maintaining a home. Since I find list-making helpful, I’ll make a list of those projects, and mark them off as I go.
    4. My curtains are old. I want to sew new ones. Here again, this will have to be a gradual process, perhaps tackled on a room-by-room basis.

    Here are some verses which encouraged me this morning:

    ‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.’ Psalm 34:19. I know that there will be troubles and trials in the coming year, but I also trust the Lord to care for me in the midst of afflictions.

    ‘I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.’ Psalm 34:4. In this coming year, I need not be anxious about economic uncertainty and other fearful circumstances, but may rest upon the Lord.

    ‘O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.’ Psalm 34:9.

    May the Lord grant you a blessed New Year, and bring to pass your godly hopes, dreams, desires and goals!

New Year, More Snow!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Here it is, the first day of a New Year! I hope it has been a good day for you dear folks who check to see what’s going on in my corner of the world.

The first thing this morning, youngest son Seth awoke me, saying, ‘Mom! Look outside!’ Sure enough, there was MORE SNOW!!! The amount of snow we have received thus far this winter is unusual for the temperate Pacific Northwest. Here are a couple photos snapped by daughter Laura this morning:

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This is the view west, from our living room bay window.

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This is our backyard.