🎆🎆🎆 Happy New Year 2022 🎆🎆🎆
Hello everyone! I'm wishing you a very Happy New Year a few days early. I hope that you enjoyed Christmas Day in whatever form it took. I was (and still am) recovering from the bad cold I mentioned in my last post, so I stayed home and even missed the outdoor Christmas Eve service I was supposed to be at directing the handbell choir. It was a disappointment for sure but I didn't want to infect anyone else with my cold or possibly expose myself to any other germs, so I know it was the right choice. The Mr. and I opened our presents together and enjoyed good food throughout the day. We both saw our families via Zoom and FaceTime and those "visits" were blessings indeed! Believe it or not, our Christmas decorations are packed up and put away. I don't typically leave the decorations up until New Years since I put them up pretty early in November. I know lots of folks do but it somehow feels good, after Christmas Day, to put it all away and get the house back to a more normal feel. I can very easily go into a bit of a sadness around Christmas so this helps with that, as well.
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
"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."
Spot on Debbie. We share so many views, experiences and hopes! I am adopting that word for this next year also. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for your inspiration. I need to find hope right now. I will meditate on the verse you shared and on that precious word - Hope.
Happy new year, Laura
I loved this post especially the Scripture!! I may have to borrow that idea...I too chose One Little Word for each year but over the past years, I chose a word and a theme for the year...Gratitude was my word which I am keeping for 2022 and my theme was Mindfulness...This year, instead of going with a concept for a theme, I am going with an action ...BUY NOTHING!! This year, I am going to challenge myself to use what I have and be more creative in doing so...We will see how it goes....Hope is a great word and one I had a few years ago!!
Happy New Year, Debbie!!!
Let's all HOPE for a better year...
That's a good word for any year, frankly. I kind of gave up on choosing a word because I rarely remembered that I had picked one. If I was to do it, my word would be "experience". If the Lord allows me, I want to focus on taking some trips to experience different places. Nothing big, just within driving distance. I'm hoping it works out that one of those will be an extended stay at the beach. I don't mean to sound like a downer, and let me preface by saying that I am so grateful that God is in complete control and that I trust Him completely, but I don't think things are going to get better. Maybe a little, but I think it's meant to be that times are difficult. As humans, we never seem to learn the lesson that we are supposed to lean on and trust God. We try to do it all by our own efforts. I know God has it all under control and so I don't worry, truly. Of course, I don't watch the news or go on social media which has given me great peace in life. I don't miss what's going on around me, but don't need the negative messages sent on the news. Whoa! Better get off the soapbox! Just saying that God can handle this world and I can't! I'm leaving it with Him!
Happy New Year, Debbie! I enjoyed your blog post, and I always like to know what your word of the year will be. "Hope" is certainly a good word for this time of difficulty and uncertainty. I share your hope for 2022.
Happy New Year a little late, I'm really trying to catch up. Love your scripture - and a really good reminder.
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