For Today…January 1, 2014. 2014! I’m amazed at how quickly 2013 sped by. Today I will reflect and look forward…I will spend today with my true love quietly at home. There is no place like home.
Outside My Window it is overcast with intermittent rain. For Mississippi it is cold. The dampness sends chill straight to the bones.
I am thinking how blessed my husband and I are.
I am thankful for another year.
From the kitchen I can smell black-eyed peas simmering on the stove. I’m really looking forward to them. In a little while I will sauté some cabbage and make a pan of cornbread (gluten-free). Though this is a traditional New Year’s meal, I consider it comfort food and enjoy it almost any time. It’s a perfect meal for a dreary day. (My husband…? Not so much, but he will be a good sport and eat what I put before him without a complaint. He’s such a good guy.)
I am wearing soft black sweat pants, a long-sleeved red tee and white socks.
I am creating a brown block for the CQJP 2013 and a doodle cloth of freestyle embroidery. I am working out the next CQJP for 2014 in my mind and hope to begin soon. The next gray study block is waiting for my first stitch.
I am going to stay home today and enjoy the company of my dear husband, our dogs, and the fire in the fireplace.
I am reading Hinds’ Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It’s an allegory of the Christian walk, the struggle and triumph. I’ve read it in the past, but I could “hear” it calling me as I reflected on the past year. I have faced the struggle.
I am hoping all my family and friends have a wonderful new year filled with good health and blessings.
I am hearing a George Gently episode.
I’m praying for God to renew my spirit…to search me and show me what He sees in me.
Around the house very little will be done today but relaxing. Everything but mandatory “chores” will wait for tomorrow.
One of my favorite things is quality BBC productions. (hence George Gently)
A verse for today…”A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11:12
A quote for today…“She bent forward to look, then gave a startled little cry and drew back. There was indeed a seed lying in the palm of his hand, but it was shaped exactly like a long, sharply-pointed thorn… ‘The seed looks very sharp,’ she said shrinkingly. ’Won’t it hurt if you put it into my heart?’ Much Afraid from Hinds’ Feed on High Places
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Tomorrow I must brave the world and go to the bank. I may stop by my favorite health food store. I will pay bills and work around the house. Stitching is definitely on my “Things to Do” list.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing…It is my “joy jar”. During 2014 I will write the things that bring me joy on a piece of paper and put them in the jar. These notes may be about anything that reminds me of God’s special love for me, an unexpected phone call or note from a friend…surprises that make me smile…beautiful things I see or people I meet. My jar is a half gallon jar. I fully expect to fill it, because God is so good and has blessed me richly. At year’s end I will read the little notes and remember the special moments and blessings.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 150:6