I don’t recall any other year feeling so intimate with our Lord regarding my one word as in 2015. God’s GRACE laced my ordinary days and each night, before falling asleep I would recall grace, so apparent, in the events of the day!
Memories also surfaced of grace in my past and I knew I had to write about them. I felt compelled to share the grace that blanketed my personal life. Thank you for reading my stories over this past year. Your comments support and encourage me.
I received my new word, “Creator,” and felt perplexed as every year wondering what my one word would unveil. What does God want me to learn about His name, Creator? I wonder if I should join my girlfriend, Peggy, more often when she leads nature hikes in the mountains of Sedona. Does God want me to appreciate and to praise Him for the beauty of His creation all year?
I think it’s more than that. A Scripture verse springs up in my mind from time to time and has become my prayer:
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
And renew a right spirit within me.
Some who visit my blog are not Christians and do not follow the teachings of Jesus. It must feel confusing at times. We Christians get excited about renewal and having a place to go to get our hearts right!
When my grand kids were visiting over the holidays, I placed the two of them, seven years old and twenty-one months old, in my office to color with big, wide color books on the floor. Pandora’s children’s station rocked through the computer speakers as I closed the door. It always works while we, in the kitchen, finish up preparing dinner and setting the table. However, that evening they got into trouble. Seven year old Sookie knows better than to let her sister draw on anything but paper. The white plastic cover to their craft box sported a new design: crayon scribbling!
Papa thought the design added some personality to the storage bin I keep for their supplies. I knew their mother would soon find out and deal with them and she did. Sookie had to apologize to me and promise not to do that again. I had to express disappointment but forgiveness with love, setting her free.
How to clean crayon off surfaces!
My girlfriends with small children introduced me to Mr. Clean and his big eraser. It took but five minutes and all the residual from crayon art disappeared.
That’s what it’s like for us sinners, too. We feel disappointed in ourselves because we should have known better! We go to Jesus, Our Savior, who paid the price for all sin, big or small, and He forgives us so we can forgive ourselves.
Our soul is, once again, pure white. He creates a right spirit within us! Oh, the freedom of being right with God!
I look forward to what I will learn from my Creator this year. I promise to share it! And I’m guessing with a word like Creator, I’m hoping to share more photography too!
I close with some photos taken by my friend, Peggy, for your enjoyment! Happy New Year, my friends! May you be blessed beyond your wildest imagination in the coming year!