The wise man built his house on solid rock. Then, when the rains came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, it didn’t fall, for it was founded on that rock.
The foolish man built his house on sand. Then, when the rains came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, it fell; and great was its fall.
Stay in close, daily communication with God. Read scripture, pray, and listen to His voice.
Then, when the rain comes and the winds of your life start to blow, your house will stand.
Build YOUR house on the solid foundation of Christ.
Happy New Year Everyone!
I don’t know about you, but for me, each year I feel an overwhelming excitement to ring in the new year. The prospect of leaving the “old” year behind and starting a “new” one fills me with such joy!
There are several reasons for my enthusiasm, however. For one, at the very moment the clock strikes twelve, for me it’s as though a shift happens. Like I’m automatically given a clean slate. Whatever mistakes, misunderstandings or faux pas I’ve gotten myself into the past year, they are instantly erased. The new year signifies an opportunity for a fresh and new start. I see it as my life’s reset button.
Being that this night is of great significance, whom I share it with is of equal importance. I’ve always celebrated the new year, but not always in the same way. This year I wanted to do something completely different.
So, I followed my heart and decided to invite a small group of VIP’s to my home to ring in the new year. And these are not just any VIP’s, no sir ree bob. These “very important people” group of friends are truly special! You see my VIP’s have stuck by me these past two years. In the middle of my difficulties they rode the train with me. They were my confidants, my strength when I was weak, and my sunshine on rainy days.
This past year goes down in the books for the year with the most lessons. So, at the stroke of midnight my VIP’s and I embraced. With a smile on my face, hope in my soul, and love in my heart, I quietly danced into the new year.
And this time around with less, but NO DOUBT more.
“And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater”
Last December, I wrote a post entitled “New Year: Reflect, Learn and Grow” wherein I shared a compilation of things I learned in 2016.
Being that I am a work in progress and a girl attempting to live this life using it as my personal tutor, I would like to share some new things I have learned this year and THAT ONE lesson that has taken me the longest time to learn.
So . . . Here. We. Go!
In 2017 I learned that . . .
Patience is one virtue, that for me, does not come easy. I learned that the more I seek God, the more He seeks me. I learned that I discovered some of my deepest friendships out of my most difficult circumstances. I learned that I am stronger than I realized. I learned that I can find joy amid pain, because it’s all about perspective. That my dogs are still givers of unconditional love. I learned that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, so hang in there! I learned that traveling fills my soul with immense joy and that I must take the time to do it more often. I learned that my children are my biggest cheerleaders! I learned that on certain days, focusing on the blessings in my life is what keeps me afloat. That spending time alone is the best gift I can give myself. I learned to finally accept the “what is” in my life and leave the “what if’s” to God. I learned that looking at the bright side of things is a CHOICE. I learned that it is MY DUTY to give back every chance I get. I learned that life is beautiful even when things don’t go my way. I learned that a quiet mind is essential for my well-being. I learned that each decision brings about a conflict between head knowledge and heart knowledge and for me, the heart usually wins. I learned to embrace the unexpected. I finally learned to invest in myself. To celebrate the ordinary moments, for they each add up to what truly matters in life. I learned that I bring something special into this world that no one else has. We ALL do! I learned that many things that happen around me are NOT always about me. I learned that when all else fails, Pray!
In closing, I believe we ALL have that “ONE” lesson that no matter how many times it shows up in our life, it takes us a LONG TIME to learn!
Here’s a short clip of “Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday” wherein she asks the very important question, “What lesson has taken you the longest to learn?”
For me, the ONE LESSON that has taken me the longest to learn is the following . . .
“Since we are ALL on our own personal journey, no matter how much I may try, I cannot help another person on THEIR journey. Because it’s personal, they alone MUST do the work for themselves.” So I have learned, in those times, to “LET GO AND LET GOD.”
What lesson has taken you the longest to learn?
An empty mind is a still mind,
and a still mind is a peaceful mind.
A peaceful mind is filled with God’s word,
and God’s word will set you free.
“Be Still and know that I am God”