Sunday, January 2, 2011

Crowning the year...

 I don't know about you, but I wasn't overly sorry to see last year come to a close.  Some reasons you know, and many, you'll never know.  I could admit, that in some ways, it was an incredibly rough year for my little family, while at the same time, I could rejoice like crazy, in the growth we experienced while enduring a few of the year's challenges.  I wouldn't change one single thing that happened last year.  My family is not the same family that toasted 2010 with friends, a year ago.  We hit some bumps in the road a few months ago, and finished the year with a few bruises, but we have the kind of hope that doesn't squash easily.   Yesterday, my heart found some much needed rest.  Doesn't rest sound heavenly to you?  And needed?  I love the word "rest."  Just saying, "rest" makes me stop and breathe deeply.  It slows my world for a tiny moment.  After the hurry and scurry of the previous holidays all of our hearts need a little bit of rest, don't they?    

I was snuggled up next to my man after an incredibly difficult day, feeling battle-weary, and I settled my laptop across my knees to get caught up on emails.  I realized that I hadn't typed in my Beth Moore memory verse for the day, so I toggled over to her site to see if I could find one, amidst all the thousands of participants.  Beth had posted a verse that lifted hope in my heart, and reminded me that we serve a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  A God who offers perfect peace and rest to all who seek Him.  I loved the verse so much, that I am praying it over the upcoming year.  (I also read the next two verses in the passage, and included them below, in case you needed a little encouraging reminder of that as well.)    
(FYI- I've decided to post all of my 365 photos in the tab under my header, though some will still appear in my regular postings.)
Psalm 65:11-13 
"You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.  The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.  The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing."

Sweet friends.  Not long ago, I posted, and then prayed specifically that God would breathe fresh hope into some of our circumstances. (mine and yours)  It didn't happen instantly, but over the past month, I've been able to look back and see the buds of that fresh hope. I will continue praying for so many of you that have shared your heart with me, and I pray that fresh hope bursts upon you this year, and that God crowns our year with bounty, and makes our carts overflow with abundance. 

25 comments:

DanielleisNesting said...

I'm going to make one of these right away! Love the chalkboard too. How did you get the words so straight?

Raining Pearls said...

I'm doing the BM Scripture Memory because of you. I saw it on your blog last week and knew I needed it. I also chose this verse but only the first verse. I love the whole thing and may add it.

Girl, I'm with you. Hope is my word & theme for 2011. I was happy to close the book on 2010. At times I wasn't sure if I would see it to the end in one piece. When the clock struck 12 I laughed and felt a peace in my heart that has been missing. I've learned so much on 10 and for that I'm grateful. But for 2011 I'm Hopeful for me and for you. Blessings are coming your way sweet friend, He has not forgotten :)
xoxo
Nancy

Talking with Tami said...

Your blog is soo fun! Im glad I clicked on your link from Whatevers blog! Very nice,please stop by sometime! xoxo Happy New Year!

Anna said...

Beautiful! Love Beth Moore. Happy new year!!

Simply Bungalow said...

Wonderful words to keep in mind as this life gets crazy in the new year. Love the chalkboard too!
~Heidi

Melissa Emma said...

Thanks for sharing! I love your chalkboard frame; I'm sure you made it! I want one! :) I need a tutorial, friend! :) Happy New Year!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Love this!

My word for the year is Rejoice. I'm already loving it.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Fresh hope! Oh, yes.

Traci said...

Nothing like the start of new year! It'll be a great one, I can feel it!! :)

SarahinSC said...

I'm not aware of your struggles, but I am so keenly aware that everyone struggles and faces hardship after hardship. I love Beth Moore and you reminded me I need to go to her site and check it out. Many blessings to you and yours!

Julie Johnson said...

I'm ready for a new year too....love this verse...off to find the BM memory....

Dandy said...

You always inspire me. To do what? Well that depends on the day but you always inspire me.

Lisa Cash said...

I was also thrilled to see the end 2010! I'm excited about the coming year - my word/my purpose for 2011 is "Heal". I so appreciate your wonderful words.

Andrea said...

I love your chalkboard!! Did you make it? Would you know where could I find one for me?!:)
Love your blog;-)
Happy New Year!!!

Joybird said...

Psalms 32:8! Go SSMT 2011

Jeannie said...

Thank you so much for your raw honesty on this post. I admit I read your blog all the time and don't leave comments, because you already have enough to read. The past two years have been rough, so I didn't want to set myself up for disappointment this year, but if I don't have Hope in the Lord then I am in even rougher shape. Thank you for sharing your heart!

Kara said...

aw.. sounds a lot like my 2010! I pray that you have a blessed 2011 and an amazing year of renewal.
I was going to to do the Beth Moore memory too, but was overwhelmed at her post, so I didn't go back..yet.
I will just catch on slowly through you. :)

Chris said...

I can't remember, did you do the Revelation study? I *almost* went with that verse, but decided (because of that study) to pick this one instead:

And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. (ESV)

Revelation 19:14

Not my typical memory verse, but I felt like the visual it gives me would be a good lift, a good reminder of my identity in Christ. I am destined to wear fine white linen and ride a beautiful horse. I ought to conduct myself with strength and dignity while I work here. Amen?

Throughout the holidays, I had several friends ask about your card on my fridge. It was fun to watch their reactions when I told them how I knew you. :)

Heather said...

I love the verse cards! I really need that...maybe I can make one soon.

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

preach, girl! I so know what you mean about "good bye 2010!"

I've found those struggles in 2010 have set a trajectory for a 2011 with much more clarity, growth and energy. Knowing how to avoid some of those landmines from 2010 gives me such peace!

I hope 2011 is a fabulously blessed year for you - and I'm so glad to be a part of reading your blog to "be with you" along the way.

xoxo

Arriving said...

Love your chalkboard, and especially how you use it to create written art ❈ If only I had your handwriting...

:-)

Farmgirl Paints said...

don't know where to begin....that was beautiful sash. and i know it's been difficult but your light is so strong...even if you don't feel it. love your word and that verse. looks like you've figured out the 365 thing too. YAY:)

Peters said...

What a beautiful post. I am a new follower and love coming back to see what's new.
I will be making the verse a day roladex (not sure what you call it) real soon. I am praying that God is working good through your struggles and that you will continue to trust in Him and allow Him to direct your steps. Victory will be yours!
Blessings for a fabulous beginning to the new year.
Jenny from thepetersporch.blogspot.com

MrsJenB said...

Thank you for your words and blessings. I know your year hasn't been the easiest - neither has ours. My prayer for us, and for you, is that we grow and flourish even when surrounded by the less-than-ideal.

Lissa said...

I'm so happy that you are finding fresh hope! This year proves to be a good one!