Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The End means a New Beginning....

2010 is coming to an end.... to be perfectly honest I am not sad to see it go.  I love new beginnings, being able to start fresh. I love getting to the next chapter... This current chapter has seemed to go on a few pages too long...☺ if you know what I mean. Please don't misunderstand me, 2010 has been filled with many wonderful memories that I will treasure always and I am so thankful for, but it has also been a year where I have questioned God many times... "Are you sure you know what you are doing?"  "Is this a part of the great plan?"  "Why is this happening?"  "Are you sure that you are on my side?"  I have found that even in my questioning My Heavenly Father has been faithful and ever present.  2010 has been a year of trusting my Father....That He does know what is best and He is in control. 

2010 is coming to an end, and I have found that at the end of this chapter, I have come out on the other side STRONGER, MORE FAITH FILLED, and MORE IN LOVE WITH MY HEAVENLY FATHER....He has proven to me that he is faithful and trustworthy. 

(one my favorite poems... I thought I 'd share.. really worth reading)

The Life I Planned
by Beth Moore

Has someone seen the life I planned?
It seems it's been misplaced
I've looked in every corner
It's lost without a trace

I've found one I don't recognize
Things missing that were dear
Promises I'd hoped to keep
And dreams I'd dreamed aren't here

Faces I had planned to see
 Hands I planned to hold
Now absent in the picture
Not the way I told.

Has someone seen the life I planned?
Did it get thrown away?
God took my hand from searching
Then I heard him say;

"Child your ears have never heard
Your eyes have never seen
Eternal plans I have for you
Are more than you could dream.

"You long to walk by sight
But I'm teaching eyes to see.
I know what I am doing
'Til then you must believe."

He's done so much, I felt ashamed
To know He heard my moans
To think I'd trade in all He's done
For plans made on my own.

I wept over his faithfulness
And how He'd proved Himself
How He'd gone beyond my dreams
And said to Him myself,

"No my ears have never heard
My eyes have never seen
Eternal plans you have for me
Are more than I could dream.

"Yes I long to walk by sight
But You're teaching eyes to see
You know what you are doing
'Til then, I must believe."

I felt His great compassion
Mercy unrestrained
He let me mourn my losses
And showed to me my gains.

I offered Him my future
And released to Him my past
I traded in my dreams
For a plan He said would last.

I get no glimpse ahead
No certainties at all
Except the presence of the One
Who will not let me fall.

Are you also searching
For a life you planned yourself?
Have you looked in every corner?
Have you checked on every shelf?

Child your ears have never heard
Your eyes have never seen
Eternal plans He has for you
Are more than you could dream.

Perhaps you long to walk by faith
But He's teaching eyes to see
He knows what He is doing
 Child, step out and believe.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
1Corinthians 2:9

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Why Send Christmas Cards??

I absolutely love the Christmas season. I love decorating, (I put everything out the day after Thanksgiving so that I can enjoy it all month long)  I love spending time with family, and I love love Christmas music but one of my favorite things at Christmas is...

Receiving  Christmas cards in the mail and sending them ... 

 This year a friend  asked  me if I was going to send Christmas cards out? To which I replied "Yes, of course, why wouldn't I?"  We then began talking about Face book and how now people can keep up with everyone all year  and view pictures of each others families all year long. We discussed if there was a need for the Christmas card.... Well  I have decided, YES!!! there is a need and have decided to list my reasons...

1. It is the one time of the year where my family will cooperate with me for a picture... because I have convinced them that the Christmas card is a sacred thing. 
 (please don't tell them otherwise...)

2. I usually have Caroline help me with the cards...so it is time I get to spend with my sweet oldest daughter where we are not running and going. We are just simply sitting, cutting, taping, tying bows and most importantly TALKING.

3. I love checking the mailbox everyday in December...

4.  The cards and pictures remind me that friendships old and new are precious gifts.

5. We hang the cards we receive every year in the same place, admire them and pray for each family that the cards represent.

6. They are tangible. I can hold the cards and pictures in my hands.... they don't go away when I log off of Face book.

7.  They make me smile.

8. It makes me appreciate how creative some of my friends are.

9. It shows that someone thought enough about you to take the time to send something in the mail.

10. It is a tradition... :) and some traditions are worth keeping.

Just a sneak peek of the Clement Christmas card... coming soon to your mailbox... ♥