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Reflections of Times Past!

Au Revoir ‘2019 … Bonjour ‘2020

As this year, this decade comes to its conclusion, many things in my life follow suit.

I am forever grateful that our God has preserved my life in the land of the living.

When I was young I was tethered, quite firmly in the valley of the shadow of death.

But God through whom all things can work for our good, has subsequently raised me up from the mire and continually reassures me that His promises are yea and Amen!

God is my rock and I truly rest in that knowledge.

My life is blessed in many many ways and I cannot complain.

Up and Onward

My first born will be moving on to secure his own life paths in January and though I am happy for him, my mother’s heart is sad as this is the end of an era for us.

My baby is growing up and that I must accept.

My second, a daughter, oh how I prayed for a daughter… is well into her high school life and will shortly be making her own carbon footprints.

My “Snookums” at seven years will be with us for a while and with that I’ve been given a temporary respite.

I have done much growing this year I believe, but conversely to my dismay I have most certainly regressed or at least remained stagnant.

On Growth

I have finally come to a place where my heart can let go of those things that does not benefit my soul.

I am in a season of ‘spring cleaning ‘ and though I’ve made some progress, there is yet more transference to be done before I rest.

Career-wise God is at the wheel and we are cruising.

On Regression

I have indulged in some gossiping and that beast must be tamed.

I have used my words to hurt others deliberately and surely must have done the same without conscious choice as well.

I continue to struggle with human circumstances and, am a work in progress as I strive to become the person I am destined to be.

Faith, Hope & Love

2020, a year bright with the promise of renewal, hope and growth.

Reluctant and terrified with a wobbly child-like gait I came to WordPress and found in you all, a like-minded literary and loving family, I am forever indebted.

May the new year/decade greet you with optimism, hope, love, peace and prosperity.

May we heed the promptings of The Great Spirit as we learn tolerance and patience with ourselves and each other. Amen.

What challenges have you encountered in the recent past? What have you learned from it? Do share if you can.

35 thoughts on “Reflections of Times Past!

  1. I can completely relate to ur feelings as a mother.And if u have realised about ur hurtful.words and are willing to change as well that’s a big proof of how noble soul you really are.Happy new year to u and ur family dear.

    1. Thank you so much for your insight.

    2. Hope your next year will be blessed.

  2. Very open and honest. It’ll be a new year and decade to grow. Hope you have a happy new year!

  3. Thank you, you too as well.

  4. ♡ You Forgot Goddess; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that SHE’S!!! Gonna Get You Until You Remember HER!!!


  5. All the best to you. Have a great 2020!

    1. Blesdings for the new 2020.

  6. Great words and self reflections, gifted50 and your commenters. Merry Christmas, day 5, and a happy new year !

    1. Many blessings for the coming year.

      1. Love your reflections ma’am. 🤗
        True 2019 came with lots to learn. And one for me is “my identity only comes from God, not even from my parents or siblings but from God”. And He is faithful even when I am faithless.

        God is just so amazing a father!

        Happy new year to you and your family.
        2020 shall be a better year

        1. Amen to that.

  7. Every day is challenging and how to deal with it is more important! Bad deeds, good deeds are part of life.We learn with each phase of life and become wise.Lots of new challenges and positivity wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    1. Yes indeed, part of the human experience. Blessings to you in the New Year.

  8. Thank you for sharing this post! Your transparency ministered to me.

    I have faced so many challenges but to stop worrying about what other people think of me has been a beast to fight off. I learned that when I compare myself to others I am giving them control of me. I don’t have to hold my accomplishments to anyone else and I should take people’s opinion of me with a grain of salt. No matter what other people think of me my worth comes from who I am in Christ.

    1. Yes my sister, we do have the tendency to care too much about the opinion of others. While we should care how we present and are perceived by others, it should not be the measure of our worth, although it often impacts our self-esteem. But prayerfully we are learning to see ourselves through Gods’ eyes.
      I do love your writings as it always makes me have to reflect on myself.

      1. Amen! Thank you for following my blog!! I appreciate, your likes and comments.

  9. Pene, thank you for sharing your reflections with us. God promises to finish what He has started and to do good in our lives when we love Him and walk according to His Word. I believe in my heart that that’s who you are! God bless you, sweet friend!

    1. Thank you so much. I’ve missed reading your words. Blessings to you and your family in the New Year!!

      1. I’ve missed reading your words, too!!! Happy New Years!

        1. Thank you and blessings to you and your family.

  10. Happy New Year, sister! The Lord bless you and your family in the places that He leads each of you and may He fill you with His peace! All His richest blessings be on you, sister. 😊

    1. Happy New Year to you and your family . May the peace and blessings of God be with you my dear sister.

  11. Happy new year!🍻🍺🥂

    1. Happy New Year!!

  12. Thanks for sharing. I was wobbly, like you, when I came to WordPress, because I had suffered clergy betrayal. I found a kind and caring community here , which has greatly helped with my healing. 🤗

    1. Yes, this is such a caring community.

  13. I love your reflections. You have been very open and honest with yourself and that is a sign of growth. May God’s richest blessing be with you in the new year.

    1. Thank you my sister. This tongue we possess…such a trial for us.

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  15. Beautifully reflected!

  16. This is so easy to relate to! My oldest will be graduating highschool next year, with my daughter just a year behind him. It’s so hard to believe the be it on their own soon!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it seems as if they were babies only yesterday. It is so unsettling to think of them out there in the current climate of our world.

  17. This is beautifully reflective and honest. I applaud your intense honesty of your own struggles which we all of course have. One thing we know is that none of us is capable of living sin free no matter how much we try as that is why we are so blessed that God gave us his Son, Jesus and through him we can be saved anyway. It sounds like you are constantly working on ourselves and that is what we can do. You are beautiful inside and out as your post tells me this. It is hard to have our children leave the nest but they always come back and as our child but also our friend that is the beauty in that transition. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful heart. Love you sister, Joni

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