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Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Friday, December 31, 2010

No resolutions

I've decided this year to not make any resolutions. This year, I plan something totally different. This year, I lift all my weaknesses, all my hopes, all my faults, all my negatives, all my dreams, all my....well, just all my everything to the Lord. I can't do anything without Him anyway, so why even try? Why not just give everything to the One who will walk me through whatever I face? 'Nuff said!

So, as I sit here listening to my son have a meltdown at the XBox (another one of those "why bother" moments b/c they always get over it....I think it's a "guy thing" b/c I would have just said 'heck with it' a LOOOOOONG time ago!)....where was I? Oh yes, so as I sit here typing this & listening to my son & chase the dog away from chewing on EVERYthing (yes, he's destroyed a cell phone [talk about embarrassing "my dog ate it" when I called the insurance company], a tv remote, apparently loves the taste of beer...the list goes on!)...I think about how I'm anxious for the boys to go to their dad's for the w/e. And then I feel guilty...what kind of mother am I? I think that's another thing I'll be working on with God for the new year. But then He reminded me of a family here in town. Their boys were on the way home from our local high school for Christmas break on a windy road, too fast. Had an accident & the 14 year old died on the scene. They were coming home. Excited. Anticipating the holidays. Hoping for snow. Then in a moment, it's ALL gone. ALL. Life as they knew it is OVER. My heart still breaks for them. I'm sure they'd LOVE to listen to him yell at his XBox. I cry when I think of that & just listen to mine. Well, okay, and correct him & tell him to stop. I AM a Mom afterall ;o} ! Thanks for the reminder, Lord. And please be with that family & all the friends Reed leaves behind.

I pray God's grace in your lives this coming year, dear BB's.

In Christ's abiding love ~ Merana


  1. Hi Merana,

    Sending you and family my hopes for a wonderful new year.

    Blessings and peace.


  2. Amen Merana! I know God has an amazing year in store for you sweet friend. I'm with you, I just turning it all over to Him, no one is more capable.
    Blessing for you and the boys this new year.

  3. I can't do anything without Him anyway, so why even try? this sentence really stood out for me b/c that's the way I feel. Stay safe out there and Happy New Year.

  4. Hi Merana:

    It's good to see you posting again. I agree with Sarah - that same line really stood out for me. Oh, but how I try to do things without would think I would learn after a while.

    How sad about the young boy. In our area last week a 15 year old girl was killed. It's always tragic when a young life is lost, but seems even more so around the holidays.

    Blessings and a Happy New Year to you.

  5. Glad to have you back! Missed you!

    How sad about Reed. Will be praying for his family.

    I'm with you! This year I RESOLVE to follow Jesus more closely, to trust Him more completely, to love Him more fully -

    Hoping you had a great first day of the year!


  6. Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself all I have to do is open my eyes and there is so much sorrow to be seen. I hope you and yours have a blessed 2011 and that Reed is with our heavenly Father.

  7. I quit making New Years resolutions years ago. I'm much happier knowing I won't be breaking them. Your advice is good. I just let the Lord lead me where He wants me, and He always knows best.
    Blessings to you and your boys in this new year.


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