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Happy New Year 2018

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What did your family do for New Year’s Eve 2017? We attended a festive party consisting of three home churches in the area who gathered together.

There was a DJ playing music, Just Dance video game for folks to play and a cameraman to taking pictures of guests with silly hats as shown above with my daughter Alicia (13) and son Austin (15).

The pastors purchased pizza and everyone brought delicious side dishes. I love potlucks, because you get to sample a variety of recipes.

After eating and talking,  we moved to the sanctuary for worship and then prayed for one another. It was night of good food, fun and fellowship.

When we returned home, we watched the ball drop in New York Times Square. It is always a surreal moment to me to say good-bye to one year and usher in another.

My prayer for my family and yours is that in 2018 we would witness God’s goodness in a new and fresh way just like Isaiah prophesied over Israel in 43:19.

See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up;

do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the

wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

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Blessings, Rebecca

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2018? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Please share with us.

A New Year

Staircase at Manresa Beach, California

Staircase at Manresa Beach, California

It’s a New Year! May it be a happy one! It’s a time of reflection of 2015 and to plan for 2016.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions; never have. Is that weird? Altough, this year, I’ve decided to give it a try. I am resolved to explore and play more with my family.

During our holiday break, we took the kids to visit some local attractions for which I’ve shared some photos today. For instance, the staircase at Manresa Beach (above) is only 30 minutes from our home, but I haven’t walked them since I was a little girl. It was fun to visit with my now thirteen-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter, and share some of my childhood experiences with them.

Just a few miles down the road, the topography changes rocky cliffs to sandy dunes at Sunset Beach (below) where we walked one mile + to gather sand dollars and seashells. Simple pleasures!

Walkway at Sunset Beach, California

Walkway at Sunset Beach, California

The stairs are a visual reminder that life is like a path; sometimes steep, sometimes leading upwards and sometimes down. Although, we don’t always see where it may lead, our walk is filled with adventures along the way.

Through it all, the journey is worth every step when you get a glimpse of God’s gifts in your life such as the approaching sunset (below).

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I love the Bible verse in Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

My hope is that our family’s exploration and yours this year will create lasting memories…

Blessings, Rebecca

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to share with us? If so, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to comment below.