2017: A Year of Celebrations

It’s going to be a great year. A tremendous year. We have seen so many disasters in the past. We are going to have a great year. It’s gonna be huge.

It’s got nothing to do with the Trump presidency.

We are celebrating some 5 & 10s and one big 500 in 2017.

It’s a year of big anniversaries! In March, we will celebrate our dog Pignoli’s 10th birthday.

I can’t believe he was ever that small!

 

About two weeks after I relocated to Indy, I rescued this little yellow labrador just in time. He was a sickly pup when I bought him from Uncle Bill’s Pet Shop (of course I didn’t know this) and developed pneumonia right after I brought him home. It was Memorial Day weekend and I found myself running up to a Northside animal hospital where Pignoli was put under oxygen.

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Pignoli’s first meatball. Doesn’t he look crazed?

People told me to prepare for the worst. I yelled at Uncle Bill’s manager and they told me to return him for a refund. How dare they! I was already in love with him. How could I possibly put him back into their hands and leave him to die? The Lord was good, and Pignoli came home, healed and ready to begin a very spunky puppyhood. He ate part of the linoleum in the sunroom, but I just painted that part with porch paint. He has been a joy in my life since May 2007. He was my ever loving companion during some very lonely years.

And that leads to another celebration. May 3, 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of my move into the Storybook House. What a day that was. I closed on my NY house on May 2, flew to Indy the next day to close on the Storybook House. After months of extreme anxiety, the Lord provided a smooth segue. God is so good.

My Prince (hubby Mike) did not arrive on his white horse until almost 5 years later, in February 2012. This year marks the 5 year anniversary of the day we met! In August, we’ll be married for 5 years, Lord willing.

So much for the personal history lesson. Let’s get to world history…better yet, church history.

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. I am blessed to be a member of a Reformed congregation. Sadly, Lutheran churches have fled back to Rome. Many other Protestant churches are in apostasy. We need a Reformation revival. This will help: The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is hosting a conference called Reformation: Recovering the Essence of the Gospel. We need this badly. We need to redeem evangelicalism from the ravaging wolves (Osteens, Feminazi Charismaniacs, and the Word of Faith pack) in so-called American Evangelicalism, and especially reaffirm the tenets of the Reformed Christian faith.

Raise a glass with us! It’s a tremendous year! It’s gonna be

huge!

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Pignoli is huge. Happy birthday, big boy!
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One Word Resolution: Purge!

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My enemy

Here we go again. All that talk about New Year’s resolutions. You turn on the TV where spandex-clad Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb have traded in their wine glasses for hand weights. There are ten new super-foods on my Facebook feed that will melt my belly fat. Eat this, drink that. Ugh. Go away!

Solomon said it best: there is nothing new under the sun. But wait! Yes there is. Jesus said:

Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. — Revelation 21:5

Not that Solomon was wrong, mind you. Not at all. This earth, this flesh, this corruption, this vicious cycle called living serves up nothing new. But if you’re living a life in Jesus Christ and walking in His ways, there is always newness. We renew our minds. Romans 12:2 We behold new mercies every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 He is our hope, and with Him and by His strength, I can do all things. Phil. 4:13

That is why I decided that this is my one and only New Year’s Resolution:

PURGE!

This one word covers so much:

  • Purge my sins – This is God’s work in me, but I pray for greater awareness and conviction of my sins.
  • Purge my body – We all do this one, I’m sure. But I’m not starting a rigid diet or workout plan. After having cancer in 2016, I’m more aware of toxins, pesticides and GMOs. I simply want to get healthy. Yes, I feasted for the holidays and I enjoyed every bite. There is a time and season for everything. ‘Tis the time to get back to healthy eating. Today is January 3rd and I spent one hour this morning in conference with a dietician. Yes! I may have informed her more than she did me (why is margarine still listed as an ok fat?? and canola oil is processed and toxic!!), but I went home with my little food chart and a February weigh-in appointment. I need accountability.
  • Purge the clutter
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    OK, relax. I bought new canvas bins. I have good intentions.

    I’ve been wrestling with this for years. It’s amazing how quickly I can fill space, given the opportunity. It’s coming up on ten years since my move from New York to Indiana. I took a scant amount of furniture with me and slept on an air mattress back then. Now every room is full, including piles of clutter in various corners. Tomorrow I’m attending a webinar called 5 Secrets to Effective Decluttering. Let me guess one of those secrets: throw it out! I’ve also joined the challenge to declutter 2017 items from my home in 2017. You can, too. Click on this link: Decluttering Challenge at Nourishing Minimalism

  • Purge my thoughts, fears and guilt
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    Looking good! Dietician and decluttering in the first week of 2017.

    This is hard. I had cancer in 2016. I praise the Lord for giving me complete healing with no treatments after surgery. Yet I already fear my check-up appointment in February. How quickly I lose my faith and trust in the One who daily sustains me. Then there’s divorce guilt that returns every Christmas season. Both my husband and I go through this. Did I mess up my son/daughter’s life? They probably needed me more than I knew at that time. Every divorce brings horrible consequences for the rest of all the lives involved. But it is not the unpardonable sin. I’ve asked for forgiveness for my divorce countless times. God is not an Indian-giver (can I use that term in this politically-correct era?). He forgives completely. We need to remember that while we continue to pray for our adult children who may still be suffering from our past sin. But it is past. Jesus said, Behold, I make all things new. Another great scripture came to me (providentially posted on Facebook by a believing family member/sister in Christ!) just as I was plummeting into melancholic nostalgia:

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. — Isaiah 43: 18-19

Amen to new mercies in 2017! And let’s not forget to binge on the Word of God while we purge. Let’s let the binge and purge cycle work for us, not against us!

Have a happy, healthy, joyful, grateful new year in Christ!

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