A brand new page

blogIMG_4917It’s here.  It says so right here on my brand new calendar.  The one with empty spaces for each new day in this new year of 2015.  Two thousand and fifteen.  Two thousand and fifteen!

Wasn’t it just yesterday that the entire world worried their gigabytes off because the page was turning over to the year 2000 and all of those ‘experts’ predicted a major catastrophe as we reached Y2K?  Y2K, the year 2000. 

Well, of course the year 2000 arrived and passed by without a glitch. And here we are 15 years later welcoming in another new year. It’s true what my wise Daddy used to say that the older you became the faster the years flew by.  And we’ve just put another year on the back shelf.

What lies ahead is anyone’s guess but I know one thing.  We will fill up those empty spaces on the calendar with the everyday task of living if the Lord gives us a year full of new days.  But just living is not how I want to spend these blank spaced days on my calendar of life. 

I want to fill those days with wonder.  With joy.  With love.  With exuberance.  With amazement.  With opportunity.  With thanksgiving (yes, I haven’t given up that word yet).

In years past, I either chose or was given a new word for each year – a word that might manifest itself in some way to prove amazing or noteworthy as it worked its way through the pages of my life.  Sometimes I struggled with those words – the ones like peace, strength, growth. 

This year, I haven’t chosen a word nor has one come across the crowded desk of my mind for me to take notice.  Out of the thousands and thousands of words in my native English language, I haven’t claimed one for my own.  And not a word has settled upon me and laid claim to me either.

Instead perhaps I should choose a different word for each day of the new year.  After all, a new year – one that’s sparkling clean with no dings or dents, no marks or notations, no regrets or regressions – presents itself for new ideas, new revelations, new…everything.

I’m not one for making resolutions every year.  I usually fail miserably at them, so I stopped torturing myself years ago.  But even though I don’t make resolutions, I do have resolve.  And though my slate is empty right now and my calendar is clear for the time being, I know there’s one thing I plan to muster up enough resolve to do this year.

I will take each fresh new day as it comes and see what the Lord will show me on that day because even when I can’t be completely faithful, God is.  Morning by morning, new mercies I’ll see.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-24  (NIV)

What about you?  How will you fill your new calendar in this brand new year?

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” ~ Charles Kettering

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14 responses

  1. Me too!! No “word” for the year this year, since I’ve been off for the last 5 years, lol. I’ve laid it aside and have a ‘come what may’ attitude. Hopefully tinged with adventure. And cuddles – lots of cuddles 🙂

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  2. No word for me and no resolutions…. but what a wonderful feeling to know that we can choose to fill all these empty days doing something good…something fun… and loving our family and friends all the while!

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    • I stopped making resolutions a long time ago. I just take each day as it comes without feeling like I HAVE to stick to a resolution. Much more fun that way! I’m with you all the way on that. As for the word. I’ve had a ‘word’ for the year since the early 2000’s, way before it became the popular or ‘in’ thing to do as it is now for bloggers. This is the first time in all those years, I’m not sticking to one word.

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    • Patti, a new writing area sounds wonderful! I write on our desktop in my husband’s home office (which he doesn’t use anymore for business) so I guess it’s now ‘our’ home office. Anyway, yes — here’s to filling the upcoming days with what the Lord brings us. Adventures? Sounds good! 🙂 Happy 2015!

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  3. Taking each fresh new day as it comes sounds perfect, Cindy! I am LOVING the start of this New Year, and it’s only one day old. I definitely remember Y2K. I was working as a reporter/anchor back then, and did a live shot where we were discussing the fervor of all our electronics ceasing to exist/function. On air, I had to light a lighter, and then use the lighter to light a lantern — all live. Well, I’m not a smoker and have no real experience with lighters. All the sudden I was live, I’d finished what I had to say and it was my cue to light the lighter. I couldn’t do it! The cameraman peeked out at me (we were outside, in the cold, in the dark save for the giant light atop the lens) and I saw him begin to panic. I struck my finger down that little trigger so hard I thought my skin would come off and — voila! It worked. So did all our electronics the next day. 😉 Y2K came and went, and I am thankful for all the cherished memories. Wishing you and yours a year ahead full of joy and love!

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    • Oh, the Y2K days! The only concession we bought as we were moving into our brand new home was we purchased two oil lamps in case the power failed. Still have them and they still have oil in them as we’ve only used them a few times. I laughed at your Y2K story because what happened with the lighter sounds like what would happen to me. No smoker here either and I never could get lighters to work well. I even have trouble with the long-armed one I use to light candles. Ha! Hope you have a wonderful 2015, Melissa!

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  4. I’m glad you haven’t given up the word thanksgiving. May we never give up that attitude! I was tossing about the word for this year. Last years’s didn’t work out so well as I couldn’t even remember it half way through the year. But….when I saw the word listen, well, it seem to be written in bold print for ME. I’m hopeful.

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    • I hope I never give up thanksgiving! This is the first year in ages (since the early 2000’s) that I haven’t had a word for the year. I think I’m done with them for awhile because like you, sometimes the word just didn’t stick with me. I actually wrote each word down and put it in my Bible so I wouldn’t forget but even so…some words just weren’t a fit. Hoping your word listen manifests in a wonderful way, my friend!

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  5. Looks like my comment was lost. I’ve had that problem when making comments through the reader version 😦 I think I said something like being uncertain about a word for this year until one got my attention. Last year was a fail as I didn’t even remember my word half way through the year. The word that has stood out to me this year is listen. I’m hopeful. And I’m interested to see how your having a word a day plays out. Sounds challenging to me but one you’ll take hold of and use to encourage others.

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    • WordPress seems to be glitchy today. One of my favorite blogs has stopped showing up in my Reader and this isn’t the first time that has happened. 😦 Well, anyway…I’m not actively seeking out a word each day just taking it as it comes and seeing if the Lord shows me one. Yesterday my word appeared to be ‘accomplished’ and that’s exactly how I felt. So we’ll see…

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