The Ponderings of a Princess on a journey to be more like the King Who created her...

Friday, January 10, 2014

In loving memory of Marilyn Huizenga 
(Grand-ma and Great Gran to our family)
April 1924 - January 2014
We will miss you, precious lady. Your love of Jesus was evident to all who knew you and your beautiful smile was wonderfully contagious.  Your smile could light up a room like no other and the mischievous twinkle in your eye always brought lots of laughter.  Thank you for loving me like one of your own and giving to me such precious words of encouragement on many occasions.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Word for 2014

And so 2014 has begun. I wish I could say I've thought a lot about what I want it to look like this next year and what my goals are. I haven't. I haven't really spent any time thinking about those things. This year, Christmas was a blur for me. Oh, I enjoyed much needed time with my hubby and kids (plus an extra kid this year) and I loved the down time we had around the farm. It just seemed with all the sick ones pre-Christmas (me included) and all the activities leading up to the big day - it was a blur. A wonderful, exciting, holy blur. The days between Christmas and New Years just floated by without any major hoop-la and we spent New Years Eve at home watching re-runs of the "Sing-Off" on Hulu. It was quite the uneventful night. I've never been much of a goal setter. I usually don't do well with "resolutions" either. So, I'm just asking God to direct my steps. I'm asking Him for His goals and plans to develop in me and lead me on. On to what He has in store for our family and HIS passions in me. I don't like to be caught off guard, but one
thing I've learned about God is that He does whatever He wants... Psalm 115:3 "Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases." He is not bound by my expectations or goals. Sure, there are things I'd like to accomplish this year, like, finishing the remodel of our bedroom and cleaning out the shed that seems to have become a compost bin for everything broken and cast off around here. I'd like to sew more and paint more and read more and write more- but I don't want to stress about it more. I don't want to set myself up more. I've done that too many times in the past.

But I also know this about my Lord - He has plans for me. Plans for welfare and not for evil. Plans for a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). For that I am in awe. That He, the God of the Universe has plans for me. And they're good plans. They're hopeful plans. That brings peace and a whole lot of gratitude.

I've been praying about a "word" for the year. I think my word this year will be GRATITUDE! I want to live a life of gratitude and thankfulness. To give honor where it's due. To Him be the glory and praise forever and ever - Amen