Wisdom For The New Year!

I cannot believe it is January 8th and I am already behind. Today is my sister’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Susan!) and her card is sitting right here on my desk. It is also my nephew’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Steven!) and I haven’t bought his card yet.

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Our wedding anniversary is this Saturday, along with my friend Mary’s birthday. It may be easier to greet her now as well (Happy Birthday, Mary!); because, I do not have plans to go card shopping before Saturday. Christmas is not completely down and I’m already out of packing containers.

This should bother me, why?  All my decorations came out of these same containers – but, for some reason, will not fit back into the very containers that have held everything this past year.

I have the mile high stack of Christmas cards sitting next to me. I love receiving Christmas cards and letters; but, what do I do with them after Christmas? The family pictures, I love to keep; but, where should I keep them? Okay, I would love some helpful feedback here.

Stress comes easily, but it certainly is not good for us. I am a morning person. Now I remember what I forgot this morning.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

The wisest man to ever live was King Solomon. His book of Proverbs is still relevant today, thousands of years after he lived on earth. Perfect words of wisdom to begin this new year.

Proverbs 8:32-36 (The Message) “So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace God’s ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.”

One of my favorite authors, James MacDonald, has a great book called, Ancient Wisdom: The Book of Proverbs with Devotions for Today.

Reading from it is a great way to begin every morning of the New Year!

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  • Debbie Pelichowski

    Put ALL family Christmas cards in s big zip locked Baggie, marked with the year…put it with the ‘other years baggies’ because ONE DAY you will put the all in a book to look at year after year (this book will be decorated for Christmas…of course!!!)

    Thanks for the beautiful scriptures…first things first…time with the Lord, every morning!!!

    Love ya!!!

    • thekathleenchapman

      Love the baggie idea- and love you!

  • Shirley Bengtson

    Cut the cards to save the front pictures (except family pictures) and donate to a church who does the shoebox ministry with Franklin Graham. Our church puts one picture card in each of the over 500 shoeboxes we make each year. I put the family pictures in a notebook, keep it on my treadmill book holder to use as a prayer guide for my family each day as I “walk and talk” with the Lord.

    • thekathleenchapman

      Thank you!