Happy New Year, whatever it brings

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a happy, peaceful Christmas.

Looking back over the last year I expect your life has been a little like mine, highs and lows, moments of sheer joy and others of difficult trials. Most lives seem to be rollercoaster rides, sometimes all in one day! I feel so blessed to know that even when I walk in the darkest shadows there is light at the end.

The Flash, 1st January 2017

I’ve been following Proverbs 31 posts for a few years now and this one posted yesterday (http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/start-the-new-year-prepared) struck chords with me. Not only does it confirm God’s promise to be with me through all life brings, but it sits well with my aim to make life more simple.

This Christmas I requested thermal socks, 

warm slippers, 

and Wendy Ward’s new book 

from my family. Modest gifts by some standards, but exactly what I wanted and needed. What we give to someone doesn’t have to be a reflection of how much we love them. It also means we don’t have to spend Boxing Day finding places to stash everything! I also appreciate the consumables – smellies and food – which are useful and indulgent at the same time!

A gift from my Goddaughter was this beautiful journal. 

One of my very favourite bible verses! I struggle with being still! But it’s so wonderful to know that even in the times I’m squirming most, God is in control.

I wish you all a very happy year ahead, filled with love, light and laughter and with peace and assurance when times are tough.