Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013! Hello 2014

You shall not go out with haste....for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays.  Our present enjoyment of God's grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders.  But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.
Oswald Chambers

Security for Tomorrow. This is a gracious revelation - that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our "rear guard."
Oswald Chambers

Security for Today.  As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be with the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtfulness.  But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future.
Oswald Chambers

I leave 2013 with the words from Utmost for His Highest.  They seemed to wrap up my year in the words I couldn't find.  My blogging year has been up and down.  Who knows what 2014 will hold.  I want to say...Thanks! your words, your prayers, your cheers and rejoicing with me, they have been priceless.  Blessings to you and yours in 2014!!!

16 Joining in with more words:

Debbie Petras said...

Oh Janette, the photos were lovely! So much has happened during your 2013, that's for sure. I'm right there with you. Praying for our 2014 and all that the Lord has for us.

Love you,

Christine said...

With each picture, I give thanks for the answer to your (our) prayers!
My favorite is the one of you holding both babies!
God has blessed you over and over.

Happy New Year!

podso said...

It has been an amazing year for you and the pictures tell a lot of it! God's grace has been abundant. Thanks for the Oswald Chamber quotes -- he says it so well. Love the picture with the babies! Wishing you much peace and joy in the new year!

Pom Pom said...

Happy New Year, Janette! The photo of you with those two new grandbabies is beautiful!

Farm Girl said...

You have had quite a year, one that only God could give. I would say your year is more like " Nothing is impossible with God."
I look forward to all that God will continue to do in your life. It was exciting. Happy New Year

Sharon said...

Oh, what joy! The wedding pictures were just beautiful. And those two new grandbabies?? PRECIOUS!

Selfishly, I hope you keep blogging, Janette. I am always so blessed by your words. Watching God work in your life always inspires me to look closer and see what He's doing in mine!

Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!


Maryann said...

Those photos are a testimony to the Lords care and faithfulness in your life. They represent the Lords blessings and are an encouragement to those of us who have prayed for you. What a year you have had! I looking forward to 2014, wishing you much joy and peace in the coming year

Vee said...

I think Oswald must have read Spurgeon. I like the thought of God's being able to turn today's anxiety into tomorrow's thoughtfulness.

Sandy said...

Love your beautiful smile in these wonderful pictures, Janette. Thanks for sharing them. Everyone looks so happy. The picture with the TWO grandbabies is just beyond precious. I am so happy for all the Lord has done in yours and your family's lives over this year.
Happy 2014!
God Bless!

A multi-dimensional life said...

Hi Janette! I've been away from blogging and can see that I've missed so much. Apparently you've had quite a year and I can see that you are a testimony of triumph and truth (as you've always been). I love seeing your beautiful face and your beautiful family in your photos. Congratulations on the grandbabies! May the coming year be filled with pure joy! Love to you, sweet friend! xoxo

Sonja Goodson said...

Oh Oswald speaks for me too! I love your pictures, and especially I love your honest and real heart. Thanks for letting me share with you in 2013, and 2014 is a brand new slate!!

Love you Janette!

Farming On Faith said...

I so loved reading your post!

Happy New Year!

Debbie said...

I got so caught up with the words you quoted that I had to go back and enjoy the beautiful pictures. They are all beautiful, but friend... YOU are so stunning in all of them that it's all I could notice.

I love the words on the past. Truly, Chambers was one of the greatest Holy Spirit listeners of the somewhat modern age.

Rebecca said...

♥ you, Janette! You look stunning, relaxed, joyful & "together". Thanking God for His faithfulness to you and your family and the words of "sages" such as Chambers....

Amy said...

Blessings on 2014 and on us all spreading the sweet love of Jesus!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

I echo your call for a blessed 2014. We can accomplish all things through Christ, and God does have plans for us until we draw our last breath in this world. Happy 2014, Jannette!

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