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Happy New Year, Everyone!

01 Jan

happy-new-year08Just one hour into the New Year and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for tuning in to my little blog, and to let you know how instrumental you all have been in helping me build a little momentum for 2009.  When I started this little corner of cyber space less than two months ago, I didn’t really think many people would care what I had to say.  But you’ve surprised me, and encouraged me, and made me really rethink what I want to say.  Not just here, but in every aspect of my life. 

 

I’ve been a little cynical about New Years in the past.  I could never understand why so many people get sooo over-the-top excited about bringing in a new year.  I mean, it’s just another year.  And somewhere along the way I stopped making resolutions so I wouldn’t disappoint myself again by making promises to myself I couldn’t keep.   An old southern tradition my mom always observes is eating greens and beans on New Year’s Day… and I don’t think I even did that last year!  It’s supposed to symbolize prosperity for the coming year to eat lots of greens and black-eyed peas.   But I just didn’t want to get my hopes up. 

 

This year, however, I feel a little braver.  Brave enough, at least, to serve some beans and greens.  And brave enough to set some goals for 2009.  I’ve always been leery about hoping for certain milestones or successes because I know I’m not entitled to anything, except by God’s overwhelming grace.   I know my frailties and how expendible I am.  But slowly, through many of you and through my own journey, I am coming to grips with the fact that we all have a purpose.  And living it out takes guts.  And talking about the ups and downs of living it out through a blog… well that’s just plain terrifying.     But if you are reading this, you are one of the people who is helping me to find my voice in this giant world.  Thank you for coming along with me on my day-to-day adventures, for better or for worse.

 

Blessings to you in 2009!  Only God knows what it holds… but at least we all have each other.  Let’s make the most of every moment and see where we find ourselves next year at this time.

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8 responses to “Happy New Year, Everyone!

  1. Cindy

    January 1, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    Happy New Year to you and your family… And before Christmas season comes to an end, may you have a blessed Christmas too! God knows what it holds for us the tomorrows He’s going to bless us with, thus, with hope and love, I pray that we’ll persevere to go through all that has been prepared for us all. Amen! :)

     
  2. Max

    January 1, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Happy New Year, Emily! You are so very talented in many aspects. I just know that you can and will achieve all that your heart desires. I missed your blogs “over there” and finally found this one. Love to Scott and the children.

    Max

     
  3. Ken

    January 1, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Em,
    I know the New Year will hold many great things for (maybe not by worldly measures) because through your courage to share your ups and downs with us you are following God’s agenda for your life. If you stopped with just sharing of your life’s experiences, you would be only one of many that complain about life. But God has given you the ability to see beyond all of the difficult situations we face in life and see Him in all of it. And then you share it with us giving us insight into how God is alive and a daily part of our lives! Truly there are treasures being stored up in Heaven for you.

    But being human, I know you, like us all, have “things” we would like to see happen; happiness and security for our families and a list that could go on and on. I would offer a scripture that I have claimed (actually after your Dad shared it with me as your Mom’s scripture). It is Jer 29:11.

    God “promises” that he knows the plans He has for us! He knows the future, and His plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill His mission, we can have boundless hope.

    I usually don’t make New Year resolutions but this year I did.

    Lead on God!

    Love to you all Em.

    Ken

     
  4. tom k

    January 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Hope you had a merry Christmas and are having a happy start to the New Year!

    Getting mentioned in this space a month ago was a real honor.

    Keep up the wonderful writing.

     
  5. Jo'i

    January 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Ha! At the time you were writing this I was skating. Outdoors. It was snowing. It was beautiful. There were 5 of us that went skating, and we kinda had a shootout, one dressed as a goalie and I made the first goal of 2009!!!! I was impressed :D . All the while we were walking to the ice and while we were there we were thinking we are crazy.

    And Emily, I love reading your blogs, keep them coming. Mark Lowry’s favourite verse, which is also mine, goes like this: “And it came to pass.”

    Go Smiling

     
  6. Jerri Ward

    January 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Emily, I have told you before and I will probably tell you a thousand times more before 2009 that your blog has been a Godsend for me. I commend you and thank you for sharing your life with a bunch of people most of whom you have never met before in you life. That in itself takes alot of guts. God has given you a gift and I am thankful that you are sharing it with all off us. Your blog is the first place I come to each day. I wait with anticipation to see what words of wisdom you have, what deadline you may have missed, et., etc. I come just because you bring new meaning to my life that I have not had in a long time. I Pray that you have the Best New Year of you Life.

    Hugs,
    Jerri

     
  7. Meagan

    January 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    I used to be the same way, regarding cynicism over New Year’s. However, I’ve embraced the whole ‘resolution’ thing. One day awhile back, God surprised me by showing up in a big way during a normal Sunday morning church service. Afterward, I was talking to Don, a fellow choir member, and I said something to the effect of, “Wow, that was amazing. I wasn’t expecting that at all.” And he looked me right in the eye and said “Meg, ALWAYS expect. It’s there that God can use you the most.” That has really stuck with me and has improved my attitude about New Year’s.

    May 2009 be a year of the richest blessings for you and your family, Emily, and may you all feel God’s favor in your lives.

     
  8. Jennifer Waggoner

    January 6, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Wow Emily-I just caught up on all your blogs guess I am way behind-but girl as always you bless me! I have missed ya!

    Jen

     

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