Monday, January 4, 2010

A NEW DECADE, A NEW BEGINNING

I'm excited.  I always get excited about the new year and now it is especially so. 

I had to take care of some very difficult things over the holidays. My goal was simply to survive Christmas. It was different, for sure. My emotions were all over the place, I was hypersensitive, plans I had made went awry, and the ghosts of Christmases past haunted me. However, in the stillness of this year I found I was able to focus much more upon the spiritual joy. No matter what our circumstances or challenges, Christ comes.

Psalm 37:7 has become one of my touchstone verses.

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him."  This fit in perfectly as an Advent message as well as putting my faith in Him to lead me where He wants me. There is such freedom in knowing that He has a plan for me.

I'm in a much better place now knowing that I did get through Christmas. I attended an absolutely wonderful staff party for the quilt shop. Pat, the lady who hosted the event at her beautiful home, has become a caring friend. She herself is a Christian who went through a very difficult divorce years ago. She's the model of forgiveness. I've already learned so much from her about maintaining my self-worth while forgiving my husband. There's no doubt in my mind that she was brought into my life right now as a teacher. Not to mention how much I covet her comfortable country decorating style! 

I am still. I am rejoicing. I am waiting patiently.

Wishing you love and blessings for this year,
Linda

2 comments:

Linda said...

I have been holding you in prayer--anxiously waiting to hear from you and at the same time trusting that our Lord was holding you close in His loving arms. He is so amazing and good to us when he brings the right person into our lives at just the right time.
Welcome back!

Laura said...

I read in your blog that you plan to move to Greensboro--I live in Thomasville (about 25 miles from Greensboro) and work at UNC Greensboro. I picked up and moved here from upstate NY about 5 years ago after living in a small town there for most of my life--at least you will be close to your parents, mine are both gone and it makes it harder to get through the holidays when that happens. Good luck in your house hunt/house selling adventure, now seems to be a good time to buy a house as there are lots of them available!