Jer. 33:3 – Call unto me and I will answer thee, and shewest thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.
Sun Dec 31, 2023 – the end of a year. As we stand on the precipice of another year, this is a wonderful verse with which to end. We don’t know what the future holds, but God does. We simply need to call out to Him to lead and guide us. He does answer; but He doesn’t always say “yes”, so that can be a scary thing. Looking back over the year I can see areas that have changed and stretched me; looking forward can be uncertain. So it’s wonderful to know God has the future and nothing I face in 2024 will be a surprise to Him.
As I looked at the picture of the calendar year I hung on my wall, I wondered, “What will I be thinking next year at this exact moment? Will I be happy with what I accomplished; satisfied that I have done my best for my God and my country and my neighbours? Will I even be here at this point next year?” Whether you make New Year’s Resolutions and keep or break them, having a New Year is a good time to reflect a bit. The golden oldie by Robert Burns “Auld Lang Syne” has wrapped it up; don’t forget the good times, the good memories. But don’t stay stuck in the past, either. A new year dawns, and it’s time to forge ahead and see what God has in store when we call upon Him.
It was a delight and a challenge and a commitment to write these Scripture thoughts each week. I hope they have been of value to you. I wasn’t sure whether to continue to write or not; 2022 I did a recipe a week, 2023 a Scripture reference a week, and wasn’t sure if I should do a weekly blog for 2024. So I asked, and have heard from some of you, and Lord willing, will plan to try another year.
Join me each week and we’ll travel around North America in 2024! God bless you as you serve Him in the new year.
February 26, 2021
What a week! As a teacher on a Hutterite colony for grade 5-12, life is non-stop from 9:00-3:30. This coming Friday is the end of quarter, so report cards will be due. So that always makes one extra busy.
But I had 2 highlights in this week.
The first: I came home and stumbled over something on my step. When I picked it up and entered, I found out I was holding MY copy of my book! I felt like a mother receiving her first child. The awe and wonder of holding something I'd created and labored over for - yes, about nine months- well, that is quite the feeling.
The second: Last night the doorbell rang. I answered and a man stood there with a floral arrangement. I was sure he'd come to the wrong house, but he had the right name. Imagine my amazement when I saw that friends from the States had arranged these lovely roses to be delivered to celebrate this milestone in my life. In today's Covid restrictions, such a thoughtful, kind gesture means SO much! I never get flowers, so I'm still just smiling over it.