I hate to use an old cliché, but the older I get, the faster time flies.

Every year I say the same thing to myself: I want this year to be different. But nothing changes. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting results. God knows how true that is in my case. Really, there are just some things I don’t know how to do any differently. I have purposely chosen to make my little world as small as possible to avoid misunderstandings, conflicts and drama. I must say, I have been able to focus on more of the things I actually enjoy by doing so. Like family, — especially family — as He has done a wonderful work in us all since the death of my mother. The death of my mother affected me (us) deeply, even if it was 4 years ago. Grief is not always an easy thing to get over. It takes time. I still think of her and my father every day. Found myself missing the dead more than actually enjoying being around the living. Not a good place to be.

I would like to say I’m going to start out the year by doing this or that, such-n-such, etc. But God knows I’ve never been a really disciplined person. I just don’t think it is in my make-up. But I can still rest in this, knowing God made me a certain way. I see the things He wants to change, that’s all that matters to me. He will have His way with me. Not because of any great traits in me, (trust me, there are none) but because of who He is.

I don’t know the things each of you deal with, but I will say, as I start out this year in hopes of some kind of freshness, instead of the same old things, my prayer for you is that you too will be able to move on from the things that have hurt you, angered you, caused you to stay in a place where you have been trying to come out of.

For those of you have no physical strength who may be shut-ins, either by choice or through no fault of your won, my heart goes out to you. May God bring people into your lives who you can be a blessing to, who can appreciate you and enjoy your company as you do theirs.

To the friendless, may you find the relationships you so look for.

To those who are finding it a hard time to find fellowship, may God lead you to a place of like-mindedness. One where you can be free and not have any yokes upon you. A place where testing things, is welcomed.

To those who are facing financial trouble, may you have all that you need in the days to come.

To those who deal with mental afflictions, may you come to know the truth in ALL  things, so that the darkness that torments you, will flee from you and you will be surrounded by the light of God.

To those who have not been able to forgive, may you allow the Lord to soften your heart in such away that you are able to see others through His eyes.

To those who are grieving over the death of a loved one, God sees your sorrow and He still cares that your heart is breaking. May you come to the place where the living become just as important as the one you have lost.

To the sick, may God either heal you or give you the grace to bear what it is you are going through in such a way, that God is still glorified in your physical sufferings. I really don’t want to get snarky here, but, yeah, I know, that just doesn’t cut it with the health/wealth people, but unless you take the time to be a real friend to one in need, don’t be judging how someone else’s sickness may be leading them closer to the Lord. What goes on between the sick and God is their business.

To those of us who have found our love waxing cold, may we learn what it really is to cling to the Lord in such dark times.

May those who are still waiting on unanswered prayer, be able to still trust in the One who loves us.

May we who call ourselves Christian, find He is more than enough in the year to come. And those who don’t call themselves Christians, may you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Most importantly, and having done all that you know to do, continue to STAND.