Newness

Is it too late to wish you a happy new year? No? Okay! Happy New Year! I always like the thought of the new year. I say to myself that this year I’m going to so much better than last year, I’m going to start all over and make none of last year’s mistakes. But guess what? Life doesn’t work that way! In just two weeks I’ve already managed to make some hum dinger mistakes and have only kept one of my resolutions. (It was “read more”. One of the one’s I didn’t keep was to neatly write out my resolutions so that I could go back and read them through out the year. Oh well.)

Anyway, all I can do now is to be incredibly thankful for the New Year, for life and health and work and passions and pursuits and love and family and, well you get the picture : ). There will be no perfect newness until Heaven but there can be hope and there can be joy. There can be thanksgiving and there can be changes. In just two weeks there has already been a room of my own with fresh paint (it’s gray, I love it!) and the purchase of an iPad (which I am still figuring out how to use).

So even with the mistakes it’s been a pretty good year so far. I hope that your two weeks have been amazing and even if those resolutions haven’t worked out very well that your hope has been reNEWed.

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
-Psalm 31:24

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The Gift of Words

I have always had a kinship with words. Words are important to me. They are how I learn. They are a way to lose myself and become someone else. Words written to me mean a great deal. They are treasured. The words below constitute a small part of something that was written for me by someone very dear. I wanted to share them with you in the hope that they might encourage you as they have me.

“Develop good habits… I am talking about a conscience effort to train yourself to be kind, gentle and caring towards those around you, specifically the family you live with… Sweetness will win you so much more [than harshness]. If you learn it [now], you will not have to learn it (or suffer from not having it) later. It is the key to so much.”

And these from from someone even dearer:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

You are Welcome in my Home

Greetings Friends! I am so happy you’re here! Welcome to my new home on the web! My old home is still up and running and though I shall no longer be posting there you must feel free to stop by and look around . Why did I move? There were two reasons. First, blogspot.com was beginning to aggravate me. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against them. Blogger is a great site, easy to use and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone new to blogging. Which brings me to my second reason. I am not new to blogging. I have been sharing pieces of my life with you for over two years now. I showed you my handiwork and my comings and goings, I followed various blogging trends, I started series’ of my own and eventually I began to feel that I was building walls around myself and my blog. Walls of trends and of things I had started and wasn’t finishing. The truth is, I’m not the same person I was when I created Standing in the Sunlight. I’m different. I’ve grown and changed in so many ways. I’ve learned things about myself, about my life, about the role I am playing in this world and in my family. In this new home I feel free. I can express myself, my passions and my dreams. I have come a long way and I hope to go further. Welcome to Stand in the Sun. To God be the glory.

*I would like to publicly thank my mother for being very patient with me during my move. I’ve spent a lot more time on the computer than I usually do. Thanks Mom for all you do for me.