Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Closing Thoughts At The Year's End

Does Time Really Fly?

We all say it…where did the year go? It seems in a fleeing moment we ring in one year and swiftly usher it out the next moment with parties, shouts of happiness, dancing, and balls dropping. Time flies…or does it really?

Our Loss, Heavens Gain…

Reflecting on this past year brings many happy thoughts and a few sad ones as well. We lost two loved ones in 2015. Our sweet Nelson Tate, my husband’s stepfather went to be with the Lord in January. And, in October, our sweet brother, Ken Syfert, also went to be with the Lord. Both of these men are greatly missed here among family and friends. Now, a few months later, we are met with the challenge of my elderly mother-in-law’s health issues and trying to love her and care for her from a distance. This year has had its difficult moments. Jesus told us we would have trouble in this life. None of us are exempt!

Happy Moments Are Grateful Moments 

There have been happy times to reflect on as well. We have had sweet times with our kids and grand kids and other family members. What a blessing it is to spend time with family! I am grateful for every occasion that draws us together and gives us another opportunity to share life together. My youngest son, Tim and his wife, Brittany, both turned thirty this year. Wow! I remember when they were sixteen and falling in love. Now they are thirty and parents to four wonderful children. Your birthday celebrations were a blast! My oldest son, Jason and granddaughter, Abby, were both baptized this year. How that touched this mama’s heart! And while our daughter, Amanda, had to come home for the sad time during Nelson’s death, it was so amazing to see her and be able to spend a few quality moments with her.


We are fortunate to have friends that love us and share life with us. We spend time with our dear Syfert family – Carol, Emese, Blaine, Spencer, and Reece - often and we are considered “family”! What a wonderful thing God has done in giving us close friends! I also enjoy my time with girlfriends such as Sunny Bell, Marsha Randal, Laurie Whittenburg, Shari Gray, Janice McNeil, Anita Almond, Cheryl Henderson, etc. Thank you ladies for making my life richer!

Two Moves Within One Year

Jim and I have been through quite a bit of transition since 2014. We sold our home in Waxhaw in May 2014, packed our things, eliminated lots of things, and moved from 2200 square feet to 832 square feet. This was not the original plan. If you think God doesn’t have a sense of humor try living with one bathroom again after you are accustomed to having 2 ½ baths! Needless-to-say, it was an adjustment. Then, just when we were kind of settled in and had gotten used to the tiny space, we made a decision to move to a bigger space to eliminate paid storage. Yep…fast forward to May 2015…we once again packed all of our belongings and moved a few miles down the road to an apartment with a garage. Listen, this might sound fun to some of you, but this girl is an old shoe (my husband’s nickname for me). I don’t like change and yet I have had to make many changes in the past few years. I am learning that God’s growth process has lots of surprises along the way!

Enjoy Life Regardless Of Frustrations

Life has had its frustrating moments this year. We ate McDonald’s for Thanksgiving Day because it was the only restaurant opened in Danville, where my mother-in-law lives. We have had to change plans a few times in order to take care of family issues. Yet, still, we have had time for fun, for laughter, for sharing family and friends. God is good and He blesses us when we stay close to Him and trust Him no matter the circumstance we may be going through. I have learned when I feel stressed or overwhelmed by situations out of my control,  if I take a step back and evaluate what is really going on, I can focus better on the moment at hand without being overcome with anxiety. The lord is truly my comfort and my peace. Without Him, I would be in real trouble!

Whatever Life Brings

As one year closes and a new one begins, I love to reflect and think about the past. Moments of time seem bittersweet when you look backwards and savor time gone by. Then, I also enjoy looking forward to what the future may bring. We cannot see into 2016. We must walk forward blindly, but we are never alone. The Lord is with us every step of the way. He guides our steps to ensure that we go where He leads and when we do stray off the straight pathway that He provides for us; He gently calls us back to walk with Him. What an amazing God we serve!

Wishing You A Happy New Year

Well friends, in just a few days we will be welcoming in 2016. My prayer for you as the New Year approaches is that you will embrace whatever the year brings and that you will allow the lord to walk your pathway with you and guide you as He desires. May God bless you in the upcoming year!

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