Monday, January 2, 2012

It's a New Year.....

Happy New Year, Everyone! Yes, I am still here! I hope everyone had safe and happy holidays. I have been enjoying time with family and have done the bare minimum as far as work goes...... and it has been wonderful! Over the holidays, we mostly hung out and enjoyed our Christmas presents- watched movies, played a new video game, read some new books.... For New Year's Eve, oldest daughter was out of town, and youngest daughter had a sleep over party (her friend's birthday is on December 31, so it's an annual event). Hubby and I drove her to the party, went to dinner, came home, watched a movie and were in bed by 10:30.... It has been a very relaxing couple of weeks and I almost hate for it to end! But, I guess I have to get back to work sometime... I am easing myself into it. Spent a couple of hours sewing today and tomorrow I will get up early and hit the ground running (I hope!)

Last year I shared this and I wanted to share it again.  I don't make New Year's Resolutions anymore- they never last more than a week anyway and I just end up being disappointed in myself. So I have this taped on my bathroom mirror- it is a good reminder of how we should live everyday, not just the first few days of January.

No occasion justifies hatred;
no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love.
Today I will love God and what God loves.

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.
I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...
the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see
people as anything less than human beings,
created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as 
anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.
Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll
invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the 
wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment
to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new 
assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.
Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to
the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I will go without a dollar
before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked 
before I will boast. I will confess before I will
 accuse. I choose goodness.

Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates
will not question my word. My wife (husband) will not 
question my love. And my children will never fear
that their father (mother) will not come home.

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle.
If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I am a spiritual being....
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.
I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy.
I will be impassioned only by my faith.
I will be influenced only by God.
I will be taught only by Christ.
I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks
If I fail, I will seek His grace.
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

by Max Lucado


  1. What a perfect reminder of how we should live. Thank you for posting this Jacquelynne. Happy New Year and blessings to you and your family!

  2. Beautiful, thank you for posting.

  3. Lovely poem, Jacquelynne! Thank you for a gentle reminder of the kind of people we should strive to be. Happy new year!



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