Conntecting the Dots

Bidding 2010 Goodbye

Did you have a good Christmas? I hope so! We enjoyed spending time with family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for many months. The partying continues—as you read this, we’ll be celebrating our granddaughter’s third birthday and later driving to Pasco, Washington to visit our eldest daughter and her husband for a couple of days. If you’re driving, too, I pray for safe journeys.

It’s hard to believe that 2010 will end in a few days. That thought might cause some readers to say, “Whew—finally!” Their journey held unexpected twists and turns that nearly sent them over the brink emotionally or physically and they’re more than ready for a slower, quieter, calmer pace. Some readers might be sorry to see 2010 end, having experienced a year brimming with newness, hope, and fulfilled promises. Others might feel sorry for another reason—they made poor choices that brought unnecessary heartache, and they’re looking forward to the fresh start a new year signifies.

Whatever your reaction at the thought of 2010 ending, I pray you’ll bid it goodbye and enter the New Year resolved to follow hard after God. Psalm 142:5 says, “You are my place of refuge, You are all I really want in life.” If these words are true of us, then we stand in good stead to deal with the past and to face the future with hope and confidence.

As I ponder this Scripture, I’m thinkin’ the words make a powerful mantra of sorts. Imagine whispering them to the Lord before falling asleep every night. What a great way to end the day—with one’s thoughts focused on God and acknowledging that He is all we need or want. Hmmm…I’m going to write this verse on a recipe card and tape it to the headboard of my bed. Anyone want to do the same?

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