Monday, December 31, 2012

The end.....2012

"Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

 Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee."

Author: Frances R. Havergal
Composer: Samuel Wesley

This hymn has been playing in my head for the last week and a half.  I love the words!  They sum up my desires for this coming year and the years to come.  I don't know what the Lord has in store for me in 2013 but I know that He is good and that I can trust Him no matter what!  

2012 was a year of changes.  Some happy and some sad.  In June I graduated from high school and officially became an adult.  I think real life hit me harder than I expected but I am slowly learning to trust in the Lord especially during this in between stage of life.  It's been difficult for me not being able to see my future clearly but then I learned that if I simply put my hand into the the Lord's He will lead me on the right path.  He's knows my future and in His time He will reveal it to me, step by step.  All I have to do is keep my flesh out of the way and follow :). 
In September a beloved aunt and sister-in-Christ when home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.  It has been inspiring to me to watch my uncle and cousins trust the Lord's decision in taking their wife and mother home "early".
So many other things happened this year, things that strengthened me spiritually and physically, but you can just read all the posts from this past year to find out more about them :).

In closing, here are the verses I felt led to dedicate to in this coming year:
"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
Hebrews 13:20-21

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Sunshine Award

Many thanks to sweet Jaime for awarding me once again on her blog Diligently Waiting
Here are the rules:
Answer the 11 questions, then award 8 others.

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday movie?
It's A Wonderful Life

What is your favorite flower?

What is your favorite drink?
Seltzer water or Sparkling Grape Juice

What is your passion?
Using every second of every day for the glory of God.  
What is your favorite time of the year?
Christmas time and/or spring time.

What is your favorite time of day?
After dinner when I get to relax, play some piano, read a book, or play a game with my wonderful family!

What is your favorite physical activity?
Basketball or jumping on the trampoline with my cousins. 
What is your favorite vacation?
Going to the beach every year with my extended family!  Every year is my new favorite vacation! :)

And I award:

I hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas (if I don't get on here again before then :).
Learning to delight in Jesus,

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 22: Favorite City

Well I haven't been to a whole lot of cities and I'm not very fond of any of them.  Country life is so much better!  I'll let you know if I ever find my "favorite city". :)

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 21: Picture of Myself

Me and Sandy, the newest addition to our farm!

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Day 20: Nicknames

~ Hannah Banana (or just Banana)
~ Hannah Bear
~Nana (as my little siblings call me)

I believe that's it.
Learning to delight in Jesus,

Day 19: Something I Miss

Camp Wakefield!  Every summer at our old church we would participate in this 5 day long kids camp.  We had a blast!  We even brought a few of my cousins along.  We had different activities (pool, snack time, art, recreation, nature, and bible) going on during the day and "chapel time" every morning and evening.  Some of our favorite memories are those that occurred in our dorm after our busy days (we had 10 people sleeping in one room once...memorable :)).  Our room counselor would read us a book every night before we fell asleep (and Kimber and I always managed to be the only ones still awake after she finished reading) and we would run out of warm water after the first 4 showers (the dorm held about 40-50 girls but there were only 2 showers) and we even stuck gum drops through a hole in the wall so that nobody in the adjacent room could look in, and so many more!  I have an old picture but for some reason it won't save on this post...oh well.
 I had a blast every year and I'm grateful for the many friendships I made.  Many of which are still present today!

Learning to delight in Jesus,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 18: Something I Regret
Something I regret....wasted time!

"Your life is but a vapor that is for but a little while than vanishes away."  James 4
Learning to delight in Jesus,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 17: Something I'm Looking Forward To

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only girl who has this in mind.... :)....
My wedding day, Lord willing! :)
Learning to delight in Jesus,