Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year!


Deuteronomy 4:10
Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children."

The holidays behind us
Does priceless joy remain?
Do we, will we, remember?
Memories reclaim?
Resolution stated
A new year, here and now
Will we persevere
Or sway until we bow?
Promise is our guidance
Faithfulness, our balm
God is walking with us
Every fear, He'll calm.

Amen!

36 comments:

  1. Welcome back to Blogland, Martha. A Happy and Blessed New Year to you and your family with good health always.

    Interesting passage to start the New Year. The image at the top says "to fear Me". Your quotation says "to revere me" which means respect, admire, think highly of.

    I have often wondered about what God expects of us. Does He want us to fear Him as a monster who will get angry and punish every minor misdemeanour? Or does He want us to love Him and to fear hurting Him; in the way that we fear hurting or disappointing someone we love, like our parents?

    I prefer the final two lines of your wonderful poem. God is walking with us. Every fear, He'll calm.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm glad to be back, Victor, and Happy New Year to you!
      I do like your take on what it means to fear God - the fear of hurting Him, like hurting a loving parent, should be tantamount in our hearts. Reverence for His majesty and glory is also necessary. Sometimes, I think, that the English language, as vast as it is, cannot hope to come close in describing how we feel about and honor our loving Father.
      Glad you like the poem and the last two lines, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Yes, a wonderful way to start the New Year, knowing that God is walking with us, and He will calm our every fear. We need not worry about the future. God is already there, clearing the way for us to pass through. Have a blessed and joyful day!

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    1. Yes, Pamela, God is already there for us as we walk into the future. May we go there fearlessly, knowing He has got us covered!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. I hope you had the opportunity to relax a bit and enjoyed making the new memories to carry you into the new year. I too see the fear as a humble respect that should give us pause before stepping out of bounds with the one who calls us child. It's an interesting relationship that he allows us to make our choices, but also allows us to deal with the consequences. But like my own adult children, I would be by their side to help calm the fears they have in life.

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    1. I did have a relaxing break, Ryan, and am oh, so grateful for that time with family. And I feel the same about my grown children as you do about yours - I'd be there in a heartbeat if they need me for anything. Isn't that just how our Father loves us? I think so!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Happy New Year, sweet Martha! Lovely poemπŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you, Beckie! Happy New Year to you!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Happy New Year! "God is walking with us", indeed! Hope your blogging break was restful.

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    1. Yes, Laurie, my break was absolutely necessary, and I'm ready to roll into 2020. God is walking with us in the new year, every step of the way!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. It's so good to 'see' you again, Martha! In light of Tom's pessimism and fears, this poem is particularly meaningful to me. Thank you.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about Tom's anxiety and worries, Myra, but I'm gratified that this poem was meaningful to you at this time. Praying for you both!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Happy New Year, Martha Jane, to you and yours! A great scripture choice and beautiful poem! God does indeed walk with us!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri, for your kind and generous words here. Yes, God is with us, every step of the way!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Yay! You're back! I hope you enjoyed your break, friend ... let's see what God has for us as we head into this fresh new season!

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    1. Yes, Linda, I'm glad to be back after a much needed break. Like you, I'm ready and willing to see what God will reveal to us in this new year.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Amen for sure Martha. Great beginning of the year poem.

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    1. Thank you, Bill, and so glad you liked the poem!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Amazing how quick the New Year has come! Hopefully we will persevere with faith and promise knowing He is ever close. Welcome back and wishing you great things in the New YearπŸ˜€πŸŒΉπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ™

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Valerie! Yes, how time flies so much faster than we would like, but let us trust that God is in each and every minute of it.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Happy New Year Martha! I have been MIA for a couple of months while my computer was out of commission. It's good to be back again too.

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    1. I was wondering about your absence, Diane, and so glad to know you are back up and running! Computers certainly can be both a blessing and a curse, can't they? Happy New Year!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Happy New Year, Martha. I love your poem. It's great for our new year/new decade - thank you! May your year be because of Him and unto Him!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Diane! Yes, may this year be all about loving and serving the Lord.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. a good reminder to pause and behold what has passed and what is yet to be. Thank you good friend and Happy 2020 to you!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the poem, Jean. Happy New Year to you, too!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Martha, thank you for sharing your beautiful poem. It's a good one for the beginning of a new year.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! May your New Year bring you much joy and happiness, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Your words, "God is walking with us Every fear, He'll calm" -- so helpful to remember in these of nearly daily hard news, nationally and world-wide. Yes, we need to remember "Emmanuel", God with us. You put it well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara, for your kind and caring words here. Yes, the world presents a hard place for us to reside, but knowing that Emmanuel ever abides is our comfort, our stronghold, and our peace.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. Thank you for this much-needed encouragement at the start of this new year! Many blessings to you, my friend. :)

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl, for your kind words here!
      Love and blessings!

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  17. Happy New Year to you, Martha. I hope your year is off to a glorious start and you are full of joy and light. I look forward to another year of being inspired by you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Galen! Yes, my new year is off to a great start, and I pray yours is, too, my friend. Know I'm looking forward to reading your inspiration in the days and weeks to come.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Beautiful and thought provoking words to start the New Year! Looking forward to many more, sister!

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  19. "God is walking with us
    Every fear, He'll calm."
    This is a promise I want to claim every year. Happy New Year, Martha!

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