Sunday, January 2, 2011


"Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established."
Proverbs 4: 25

Waking up to the second day of 2011, I find myself to be moving forward with great caution. The word "ponder" in this translation of Proverbs 4:25 is something I relate to.  I am pondering what lies ahead....with our Lyme treatments, CFS/ME management, Joel's future retirement, and where and when to retire. There are a lot of unanswered questions and big decisions that lie ahead.  Some will be life-changing.  If I let myself focus only on these, it becomes overwhelming.  But when I focus on God and remember He is walking with us and guiding our steps, it is possible to look forward with anticipation and joy to what adventures lie ahead.  

It really is okay, and I believe necessary to ponder. Ponder God's love and grace in your lives, ponder the steps ahead and where he is leading you..ponder the purposes for the valley and mountain-top experiences, ponder where you are today...and where you are going.  Ponder but remain steady.  

The New Living Translation tells us in this same verse, "Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.  Mark out a straight path for your feet, stay on the safe path." 

There is is~ Ponder....but keep your focus on God and what lies before you.  When we commit our steps to God, we will be on the right path...the safe path...and our ways will be established.  Firm...steady. 

There really is no need to tip-toe into 2011 when I remember that this year, like every other, is in God's hands.  We can trust Him to light the way!

Happy New Year to each of you!  May 2011 be filled with an abundance of God's love and grace in your lives as the year unfolds.


Annesphamily said...

Renee I wish you and Joel much happiness in 2011. I hope everything comes to bring you both much good in this year. I have prayed for you daily since I first met you here in blog land. Keep your faith strong as you are such a remarkable lady with so much insight. God Bless You both in 2011. Anne

Meli n Pat said...

Very good reminder to ponder, but to remain steady! Have a very Blessed New Year! You have been such an encouragement to me. I am excited to discover God's plans for 2011!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Praying you and Joel have a wonderful New Year!!!

Elaine said...

Beautiful! I hadn't read this blog before!

What a blessing.

God be with you both in this new year.


Renee said...

Hello Anne
Thank you much for your prayers...what a gift! God bless you in 2011 too and again, thank you. Your words touched my heart today.

Renee said...

Hi Meli
Thank you so much Meli...Happy New Year to you too!

Renee said...

Praying the same for you too, Lisa.

Renee said...

Thank you Elaine! :)