So, today my daughter and I made a bunny family out of 3 socks, rice, rubber bands, ribbon and fabric markers. We live the Magyver craft project youtube hacks. Lol. So, I decided to do that rather than take a much needed nap after last night’s extremely late night. So, apparently I am better to my children than myself. And I am glad of that. Serving others makes me happy, serving myself rarely does. Like my dad always said, “I can rest in heaven.” So, hope your New Year is bringing you joy and peace so far. Don’t forget to thank God for getting us through another year. Maybe talk a bit more with Him also and maybe read thr Bible a bit today before the day is out. God bless and keep you. Trust Him (and pretty much no one else). Love to you. ❤
So, Happy New Year!!! ❤
I started the New Year with reaching 20,000 views on my blog and that is really cool. So, I am thankful for all of you who have shared ideas with me and allowed me to share mine too. It is beautiful. Love to you and may God bless and keep you this year!!!❤
So perhaps I am a little old, but I realize each year that there is nothing significant in a day unless you believe it is so and make it significant. Nothing happens unless you make it happen… one of Newton’s Laws. New Year’s day is just another day unless you want a change to happen in some way and need some excuse for that to happen. That is why resolutions generally don’t work for longer than your attention span. I believe that is not cynical so much as realistic. I believe you can’t make a wish things will change but refuse to commit to backing it up. I need to lose a few pounds, but vowing to stop eating or worse, taking a pill to make it magically evaporate, is pathetic and ineffective if in place of committing myself to improved health because I want to be a better, healthier, more energetic child of God. So, the resolution should be a deeper change, something which promotes lasting change and betterment. Something like praying every day, reading one chapter of the Bible every day, forgiving someone, wanting to please God, helping people every day, using gifts or talents to do good, etc. And we can make that change any single day of our lives and we must every day of our lives. I like how the singer Carolyn Arends sang it, “This will be my resolution, every day is New Year’s Day”. Every day, every hour, every minute is an opportunity to start again and be intentional. In fact, to be effective, it must be so.❤
I will do less that doesn’t matter am more that does.
I will be a better servant of God, my family and humanity.
I will teach my children meaningful lessons.
I will strive to honor God in everything I do and say.
The past is gone, the present is a gift worthy of intention, respect and appreciation and is in God’s hands, and the future is in God’s hands.❤
So, here we have 2017. It is January 1, 2017. I am 42 for a couple of months more and ho estly, I never thought I would still be alive at this age when I was younger. Lol But as it stands for today at least, I am still here as we all are. 🙂 So, having that in common, I am happy to share also with you my interest (as you also probably hold also) in making this year much better than last year, which had great moments but largely sucked. So here we are. I am happy to report that my day today was infinitely better than many days last year. We brought in the year singing and playing keys and dancing with our band family and a few hundred friends following our lead in celebration. We sang the songs, danced the danced and had a ball. Literally, it was a very fun ball. 🙂 And today, we took a week off of the band at church as they hired a substitute band so we could catch a break, so we slept in longer than we have in a while and went to IHOP for brunch and lazed about the rest of the day, planning the year, planning house projects (sexy huh? but for us is a good time) and changed the air conditioner filters. In between, I hung out and prayed and napped on the bistro porch swing for a couple hours (my favorite room of the house lol). Why am I telling you all this? Because today is a day of hope, a moment of renewal. I intend to stop pining about what was lost, despite its magnitude, and forge on with hope and fun and promise and sometimes those days that seem lazy really are all those things and the reason we are where we are and have greater meaning because of the incredible things we went through to get here. I am choosing, in other words, to put the past in the behind and use the power of what was lost to increase the value and preciousness of what remains. I invite you to do the same. It is a brand new day, a brand new year, and each and every one from here on out is a new opportunity to pour your energy into the right now and plan a little ahead if you’d like. Make it an adventure, make it an opportunity, make it dang fun. Accept no opposition. Accept no distraction and interference. Do at least one act of service for God every day, encourage someone at least once a day, love yourself, pray every day, work up a sweat every day, enjoy some moment of pleasure every day, live life fully. What an amazing time to be alive. We positive followers of God shine like lights! Shine yours so brightly people have to wear sunglasses! Live on, baby! Rock on!!!! XO
Our band is gigging for NYE this year, like every year, our biggest pay night of the year. It is a blast and I love bringing in the year with happy, dancing, rejoicing people because of familiar music from our band family. This year is different than last because one band family member was list to controlling manipulative wife. Whereas we were very sad to lose him, we were glad to lose her for she was a pain in the butt since day one. She is the reason we interview wives when adding new band family members now. Lol So, we miss him because we love him but not having her will definitely make this New Year’s Eve so much funner (is that a word? Lol). So I am looking forward to a more enjoyable bringing in of the year, this mixed bag that it is. But here is the point. Life and New Year’s Eves are what you make of them to a point. The company you choose is vitally important though because one evil cold hearted grump in the bunch can cause much distress. Better to be without such a person if you are wanting to live a happy life or have a happy evening. Also, spouses should be supportive at all costs and not cold and selfish, thinking only of themselves. Keeping your spouse from doing something they love that benefits others and brings in money is selfish and dead wrong. Spouses should support each other and encourage them. It is ahndndnd reminder to me seeing a wife being so extremely bad at it that I need to be more supportive of mine. It is also a great reminder to be a source of joy where you go and not drag people down. Put on a happy face and go and enjoy! Should be an amazing New Year’s Eve gig!! Looking forward to it a lot! Have a happy and safe New Year!!! God bless you!!!! 🙂