Tuesday, January 1, 2013


     Mr. Whiskers and I have kept a close watch on the clock as it ticked toward the beginning of 2013. Even though the morning of January 1st is no different than any other, it feels like a fresh opportunity to start off again. Psalm 84:5 says, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage." A pilgrim has a destination.

     Everyone who starts off on a journey intends to complete the trip. No one plans to stop off somewhere along the route for a bit and then return home. It's important that we fulfill our God-given goals. We can look back on the way we've come and see adjustments that will get us back on track if we've veered off a tad.

     We all have multiple areas in which we want to improve in the new year relating to work as well as spiritual and physical well-being. Those special desserts ensconced in our family's Christmas traditions were as effective as ever in adding unwanted numerals on the scale. In that department I need more than a course correction. For a few weeks the second course and I have to part company. Of all the good things the Holy Spirit provides, it's the fruit of self-control I need to munch on the most. (Galatians 5:22,23) My ginger puss has made some changes in his diet too. He's into African violet blooms, a cat's equivalent of salad greens for humans?

     In Christ we have all we need to embark on this new segment of our journey. I pray we'll be sensitive to know when He's nudging us to stay on the best course He's set for each one this new year.  


  1. May your journey continue to lead you even deeper into the things of God, Mary. Thanks for sharing what you learn along the way with us.

  2. I so treasure your blogs, Mary. You would argue, because you are a humble soul, but your lessons are wise in their simplicity. Your calm, sweet (and often funny) spirit shines through the words. Love the photography too! May 2013 bring you many blessings, as you're a blessing to me.


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