Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Everyone has their own way of welcoming the new year. Some dress up and party like crazy. Some in our neighborhood shot off 100's of dollars of fireworks until WAY after midnight. David and I usually spend it at home glued to one football game after another.

This year we have been very low key. The last couple of months of 2013 brought an illness of some sort my way. I spent most of November and December laying low and trying to breathe. I am not usually a "low key" "be still" kind of girl so it has been a challenge.

 I do love to spend New Year's Eve reflecting back on the previous year by going through my prayer journal. It does my faith good to remember my Savior's faithfulness. It gives me great hope to go forward into 2014 knowing my God is absolutely able! Matt Redman wrote a wonderful song that minister to me every time I hear it. It's a perfect message for each of us for the new year that is upon us. I encourage you this year to embrace your mountaintops and endure your battle grounds. You will be more beautiful with those scars etched on your heart reminding you of lessons learned and ground gained. God will surely be faithful to be with you and to teach you great and might things.
        "Never Once"

Standing on this mountaintop Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step You were with us
Kneeling on this battle ground Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory Was Your power in us
Scars and struggles on the way But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
          You are faithful, God, You are faithful

         Carried by Your constant grace Held within Your perfect peace

         Never once, no, we never walk alone Never once did we ever walk alone

         Never once did You leave us on our own You are faithful, God, You are faithful

         Every step we are breathing in Your grace

         Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise

         You are faithful, God, You are faithful You are faithful


Jana said...

Our pastor used this song last night to lead us into the new year. Never, never alone!
Praying you feel better-and SOON!

Kay Barnes Martin said...

Johnnie, Hope you are feeling much better by now!! I love the first of the year - sort of like a fresh start for us all. Love, Kay