One New Year's Eve many years ago, our family sat in a cozy booth at the Cheesecake Factory in Chicago, Illinois. We were on our way back to Indiana from Minnesota where we had spent the holidays with our families. I wondered out loud to our children what the next year would bring for our family. I made a point of saying that some years there are many good things that happen and other years there are hard things that happen.
Several hours later, in the wee hours of the morning we opened the door to our home and it was eerily quiet. No lights, no buzzing sounds from the furnace or anything else. It was very cold. Instinctually, I opened the door to the basement only to find that there was water 3 feet high. I said a bad word and slammed the door. I went to find my husband but my son who was about 6 and who had a bedroom in the basement got to him first and said "We've lost everything"!
That was not the start to the year that I had hoped for but it was an example that some years are harder than others. We lived in a hotel for a few days and then there was a lot of work to be done to get everything cleaned up and repaired. Now, many years later we can talk about that time in our life and look at the good things that came out of it and the memories that were made.
2014 was not my friend.
Isn't that a beautiful, hopeful verse? I also love the wisdom of the two women who added their thoughts about this verse.
Today is a new day! Please be encouraged my friends that no matter what yesterday may have looked like or felt like for you, today affords us new mercies.
I have not written a list of resolutions because somehow that always ends up making me feel like a failure. Instead, I have written a letter to God with my prayers for 2015. I asked him for some big things and I am believing that he will take care of me.