Welcome Joy! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2016! May your new year be filled with joy, light, love and all that you hold dear.

The New Year. A time for reminiscing and looking back…but also a time for looking forward.  I pondered, as I painted these little corgis on Saturday, just what this past year has meant to me.
When I truly sit back and think about the events that I have faced over the past twelve months, personal happenings as well as those of my little family…what came to mind was a battlefield. I saw ashes, rubble and the remnants of a struggle. In my mind’s eye a valiant gladiator came into view. I feel that by God’s grace, I am that gladiator. I have fought with every fiber of my being to keep my dear ones safe, encouraged and uplifted. To extend the life rafts that have been so needed during a year of heartbreak and pain. To keep a ray of hope in the midst of what has seemed like one long tunnel after another.

am so thankful to see a new year come into view. Even though today is just another day…and tomorrow will be as well. I think that the baby new year is something special. It holds promise and hope.

Hope for happier times.
Hope for a bright tomorrow.
Due to the nature of blogging and how public it is, I will not go into gory detail here. All I can say is…life is hard…but it is also very sweet.
No matter how dark an hour, a day, a week , a month, a year can become….there is always hope. There is always that eternal light that shines forth from God’s throne room.
I think having fought the battles on my knees, I have come out of the fire stronger than I ever imagined I could be. Vulnerable yes, but with a quiet strength just the same. Strength that can only come from the Lord himself.
I am grateful for faith, family and friends. Grateful for a chance to start fresh with a new year. I want to make it the happiest, brightest one yet. And it can be regardless of the circumstances life throws my way. I am ever so thankful that happiness is not a place, but a state of mind.
May peace and joy rule in the new year for each of you.
Welcome Joy!
Welcome to a new beginning.
Happy New Year.
I close this little entry with my very favorite poem. It has comforted my heart in each hardship and happiness.  The credit for this poem very often points to Corrie ten Boom. Quite often it is referred to as anonymous. Either way it deserves to be read and remembered. I love it dearly.

Life is but a Weaving (The Tapestry Poem)

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

2 Responses to Welcome Joy! Happy New Year!

  1. Hi Valerie,
    I love your cute corgi paintings. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year. All the best.
    Julie

  2. Valerie says:

    Thank you so much Julie. Happy New Year to you too! Valerie

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