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New Year’s Resolution number five: Face the future with confidence . . .

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.'”

~Minnie L. Haskins~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions, number one, number two, number three, and number four.

This week I’m linking with Miscellany Monday, Life Made Lovely, Call Me Blessed, Soli Deo Gloria, and Women Living Well.

New Year’s Resolution number four: Forget what lies behind . . .

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” ~Brooks Atkinson~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions . . .

Number one

Number two

Number three

New Year’s Resolution number three: Give thanks often . . .

“Gratitude is a lifestyle.  A hard-fought, grace-infused, biblical lifestyle.”

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment. It is the fruit of a thousand choices. ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss~

Follow these links to see my New Year’s Resolutions number one and number two.

New Year’s Resolution number two:

Stay positive . . .

“Write it
on your heart
that every day
is the best day
in the year.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Follow this link for my New Year’s Resolution number one.

Follow this link to find out if the post-holiday blues ever serve a purpose.

New Year’s Resolution number one: Don’t hold anything back . . .

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.'” ~Erma Bombeck~

Reflections . . .

Renee Ann Smith —  November 30, 2011 — 30 Comments

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
~Proverbs 27:10~

What’s in my heart? Too often I find impatience and bitter feelings that scald the ones I love . . .

“If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.”
~Amy Carmichael~

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
~Jeremiah 2:13~

That’s why God must empty me—so that He can fill me again with that sweet, life-giving water. He helps me let all the ugliness go. And replaces it with Himself.

Selah! Pause and think of that!


Renee Ann Smith —  October 10, 2011 — 9 Comments

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”
~Dwight L. Moody~

Quote of the day

Renee Ann Smith —  October 1, 2011 — 5 Comments

“Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, ‘The Lord will give grace.'”

~C. H. Spurgeon~