A New Year’s Message

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m not out partying with friends. I’m not even going to church to join with other believers to pray the old year out and the new year in. Instead, I’m safe at home with my family. I’m about to watch some TV with my husband and eat homemade chicken noodle soup for supper. I’m looking forward to tucking my chilly toes beneath the covers at bedtime and curling up beside my furnace of a husband, only to be awakened around midnight when the neighbors set off their store of fireworks.

I didn’t fix anything fancy for our quiet evening here at the house, unless you count the batch of dishpan cookies that I baked earlier. It’s a vintage recipe that I found on the internet. Just look up “dishpan cookies” on Google, and you’ll find it. I used half of the amount of cornflakes and replaced the other half with coconut. They stuck to my pans real bad, so they aren’t the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made, but they sure do taste good. My daughters say they are a good breakfast cookie. Next time I make them, I’m going to be sure and use parchment paper and butter instead of oil.

Since the end of last year, I’ve published a book, had one of my stories to end up in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, became a beta reader for an author who you’ll hear more about next year and started writing on a new book. I’ve made it through the first semester of 9th grade with my oldest daughter, and become more confident behind the piano at church. These are accomplishments, for sure, but have I accomplished anything for my Lord? I pray so.

On this last day of 2019, I got a message from a fellow writer that really encouraged me. She said, “I’m almost done with your audiobook. You should never quit writing. Your work is charming and refreshing.”

She is an avid reader, so a compliment from her means a lot.

Yeah, and I guess that reminds me, I’ve also put my book, “You Belong to Me” into audio. Well, Michael E. Russo narrated the book and uploaded the files; I just approved it. He did an awesome job, and I’d love it if you took a listen.

Goals for 2020? A new word for the new year? Now, this might sound strange, but the word that keeps coming to this blind lady is see. Yep, see. So, I’m going to explore this word and think on it and pray about it. As for a goal, well, I think I’ll keep my spiritual eyes open and see what the Lord has in store.

How about you?

Be blessed, dear readers, and have a very happy New Year.

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