Sunday, January 01, 2006

A New Year

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It's a good day! The first day of the week and the first day of a new year. A good time to reflect on the year just passed and plan for the year to come. Looking back, I realize I fell short of several goals. I can do better. However, I did accomplish some of what I had hoped to. Last year it was on my heart to find a way to help those in need; to find a way to serve others. Little did I know last January that I would be able to serve others through my knitting. But, last spring I read about The Preemie Project and decided to become a volunteer. Working for the little babies has been a blessing in my life. I know it is a way I can serve others for many years to come.

This year, I have a strong desire to share the Bible with others in a way I haven't done before. I have taught Sunday school classes (3 year olds) for about 15 years. I have truly enjoyed sharing the Bible with this age group. And yes, they really are old enough to learn of God's love. But, now I would like to help adults learn more about the Bible. To start with, I'm going to work with the Free Home Bible Study ministry. I'm excited to see what God has in store for me with this work.

I would also like to become more faithful in my Bible reading and to read the whole Bible in 2006. It's easier to do than you might think. There are many reading schedules available and Bibles set up just for that purpose. I'm reading from the One Year Bible which is divided into 365 daily readings. Each day there is a portion of the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. This way works best for me. Last year I tried reading from a chronological set up, but got bogged down somewhere in Leviticus or Numbers. I'm not going to do that again this year.

I have knitting goals too. I want to try some Fair-Isle knitting and try to figure out spinning with a drop spindle. I definitely will continue to knit for The Preemie Project. The needles are empty and open to all kinds of possibilities!

Who can say what 2006 will bring? Joy? Sorrow? I'm glad I don't know. There are sure to be big changes in my life this year with my youngest graduating and heading for college. I will try to take each day as it comes. As Jesus said, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 6:34

Happy New Year!

9 comments:

  1. You'll love Fair Isle knitting, and I am sure you will get the hang quickly of spinning on a spindle as well. I think you have some pretty good goals laid out, and it will be my prayer that you accomplish them. Happy New Year!

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  2. happy new year to you!!!! thanks for the great links. i'll look at the sites. i'd also like to begin reading the bible, and the method you described sounds reasonable.

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  3. Happy New Year, Tracy! I've done that "read the whole Bible in a year" thing with it broken down like that. It's a great feeling to know you soaked yourself in it for a year. I look forward to more pictures of your wonderful knitting this year.

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  4. happy new year to you too!

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  5. Happy New Year!!! I did the "read the Bible in a year" a few years ago. It was SUCH a blessing and so doable! No resolutions this year, just one day at a time and LOTS of knitting always:)
    God Bless you and your family

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  7. Happy new year. I read the entire Bible under the same format and it was great. My youngest is also graduating high school this year....I can't believe how fast the years go by. God bless.

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  8. What great goals you have set for yourself this coming year. I only wish that I was as devoted as you are. You are truly someone for me to look up to. Thank you for being you. A very Happy New Year to you and your whole family. I hope it is a great one!

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  9. I love the picture for this post! I have taught all age groups, but have recently truly found my niche with children. I teach 2nd & 3rd grade Sunday school (we do a rotation system and I have both grade levels during each rotation) and am blessed to do children's sermons once a month during worship. Good luck with your new path. I know God will empower you and bless all concerned.

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~Tracy