Another year is dawning…..

A friend that I have reconnected with on Facebook reminded me of this beautiful poem/hymn, written by Frances Havergal in 1874 –

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

When I first read those lines several days ago, they really resonated with me. For truly, my heart’s desire is to have a year of progress in my relationship with my Savior, to savor His mercies and His grace and His faithfulness, and to serve him well. But recently, those words have moved from ‘resonating’ to being an imperative. We finished out 2017 with the joyful addition of Anderson Jude Conrad, who made his appearance 3 weeks early, but at a hefty 7#11oz, is healthy and perfect (so is his mom!).

Seen here with his big brother Taran and bigger brother Weston.  Welcome to the family, little one!!

We then ushered in the New Year with some potentially devastating news (no diagnosis yet, but a CAT scan that showed some very suspicious masses) in our family (my oldest sister for those of you who know us personally).   While we wait for answers, our  prayer is renewed –
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
    Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
    Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

We don’t know what 2018 will look like. Truthfully, good news or bad, we never really do, do we? May my prayer always remain –
          Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
         On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

 

Look Forward and Trust God

Tomorrow we head north. 
North to Ohio. Where according to our weather app, it won’t be getting much above freezing the entire time we’re there. We both have colds, so just wrapping our heads around getting up tomorrow, packing the car, and driving 15 hours (even split into two days) is a but overwhelming. But since we are looking forward to spending time with these dear ones –


We will trust God that we’ll get there safely, and have sweet visits with them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(And in a bit of looking back and thanking God – we had a wonderful Christmas visit with our Waco kids last weekend!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so looking forward to our time with our Ohio family – so we’re trusting God that we’ll get there safely, that these colds will soon be just a memory, and that we’ll have a blessed time indeed.

Sending out our heartiest wishes for a beautiful Christmas for you all! Chances are it will be pretty quiet here as we connect with family and friends in the (cold) north. Bring on the fabulous family chaos!

Look back – and give thanks

One of our favorite quotes these days is very simple –

As I look back on even just the last month, I can find so many things to give thanks for.

 

For the work that God has given us.
Everything from re-siding a building –
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to installing a snackshop window.
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to painting
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to sorting and packing clothes
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to painting lambs
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we were thankful to be able contribute as we were able. Continue reading Look back – and give thanks

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!