Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas 2013

I have not blogged for several years and it all seems strange and unreal.  Not sure why I am writing now. . . . but perhaps there is a reason . . . a bigger picture than I can see.

In the above picture I am placing an ornament that my mother gave me many years ago.  My mother passed away in 1996 so it has been over seventeen years that she placed the little ornament in my hand.  As she handed it to me she said, "Now when I am gone I want you to put this on the tree and think of  me."  Each year this special ornament is placed on the tree with love as memories fill my heart and mind of those years she was here.

In the years since my last post I have lost several dear friends. . . have watched others develop health problems and I too am becoming more fragile.  I will be eighty-three in September and that places me in the winter season of life. . . but the next season is Spring. . . new life!  What will it be like?  I, of course, do not have the answer but I know that the God that created me has a plan for me and for each of us.  I can trust His plan to be perfect and beautiful.

Perhaps no one will see this post . . . and if I am the only one, I want it to be a reminder that yesterday is past. . . I cannot bring back one day, one hour or even on moment.  I cannot see tomorrow but I pray that God will help me to see. . . really see the beauty that is all around me today and  regardless of circumstances  not to waste precious hours with worry, or "what ifs" or other negative thinking.  I want to start each day with Psalms 118:24 
"This is the day that the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it."

                                                            MERRY CHRISTMAS!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Shirley ~ I followed you from the kind comment you left in my blog.

Your post is lovely and inspiring. I look forward to 'eternity' as that's when I'll be reunited with my dear husband and we'll be with Jesus forever and ever. It will all be wonderful, more wonderful than we can imagine.

Your tree is pretty and I'm sure it was a joy to decorate as so many memories fill your heart.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Sheryl said...

Shirley!!!! How wonderful to see words from you here. I had not blogged in a couple years until last week (I posted something so that I could have a record of it). Your blog came up on one of my pages, so I thought I would come here to see if you had posted.

What a thrill to see you!! I love your words. I love your perspective. When you say that you are in the winter season of life but the next season is "spring"...it truly is a season to look forward to.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful ornament memory of your mom. So difficult to go through the losses which accompany life. But so great to have a heart full of precious memories.

Merry Christmas to you Shirley! With much love and appreciation for your encouragement throughout the years ~ Sheryl

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

It was such a treat to see your blog pop up in my blogroll again.

It has been several months since I did a post on my blog as well.

Blessings for a wonderful Christmas and I know there are lots of us out there who were happy to see you show up on their sidebar.


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