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My word for 2017

In 2016 I decided that the word I needed to concentrate on was Rest. It is difficult to say how successful I was. It was a busy, stressful year in many ways. I found it helpful to have a word to work towards – if that is the right expression. So I have chosen another word for 2017. There were a few words, which vied for my attention. I wondered about sticking with Rest. New words I considered included generosity, steadfast and obedience.

In the end I settled on Trust. My reasoning was that learning to trust God more would help me to be more generous, steadfast and obedient.  I believe that God is worthy of our trust. In the words of a hymn, “There is no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”

A page from Images of Grace by Jacqui Grace

A page from Images of Grace by Jacqui Grace

It sounds easy, but there are so many distractions and I am not always as attentive as I ought to be to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Here are some things I must remember to trust God for:

His forgiveness, even when I am still annoyed with myself for getting things wrong,

His unconditional love,

His peace, even in unsettling and uncertain times,

A joyful, thankful heart (mentioned in another hymn)

Opportunities to serve others,

To be able to live in His strength rather than my own,

Protection for those I care about,

Guidance, and wisdom.

Have you settled on a word for 2017?  If so, what is it?

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When the way ahead is unclear

Before Christmas hubby and I went to visit our son, daughter-in-law and their children. We set off in early morning sunshine. As we drove up a hill we were dazzled by the sun, which was low in the sky and very bright.

Everything was lit up by its light. We could see the beautiful scenery around us as we travelled. Dark tree trunks appeared light as they reflected the bright light. There were blue skies, hazy hills, hillsides lit with all their contours highlighted.

Then we began to descend a hill. Ahead of us was a beautiful scene. The valley was shrouded in mist. Hills and trees appeared above the mist. It looked like something out of a fairy tale.

A valley shrouded in mist

A valley shrouded in mist

Then the road led us into the mist, which in places was thick fog. The dipped headlights on our car enabled us to see a short distance ahead. That was all we needed to find our way.

The road ahead

The road ahead

On the way back it was dark and foggy. Where the fog was thickest there happened to be cats’ eyes marking the centre of the winding road. Then they ended for a stretch. We remarked on how much easier it was to see where we had to go with them to guide us. Without them we had to slow down.

I read somewhere about how we sometimes experience times in our lives when the way ahead seems uncertain. We need only to be able to see a short way ahead. We can only live in the present moment. We should be content to take one day at a time.

Of course we need to consider the future and make plans. Sometimes the plans do not turn out the way we had hoped. Circumstances change. We have to adapt.

As we enter a new year I am resolving to look to God for guidance. I believe that the gift of Emmanuel (God with us) at Christmas and the Holy Spirit (or Spirit of Christ) given to those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour enable us to discern God’s guidance in our lives.

I wish all my readers a Happy New Year.

I am linking this to the photo challenge from the Daily Post, Path.

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End of year blogging round-up

I have decided to write a single post to summarise all my blogging activity for the year, which is coming to a close.

My original blog, which shares its name with my username, has not seen much new material during the year. As in 2015 I was mainly posting links to archive posts. However in October I (almost accidentally) signed up for the Blogging U poetry course from WordPress. As a result there are some posts with new material. What will become of Sue’s considered trifles in 2017 is yet to be decided. The most popular post is an old one: Good, better best. One of my new poems was the most visited of this years’ posts.

Sue’s Trifles is my second blog. If you are ever short of something to read, there is plenty to explore here. This year books I have read have dominated the subject matter. I still find other topics to write about, particularly when something happens, which I find entertaining. My plan to post once a week was almost successful. I took part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, writing and illustrating an alphabet poem. This was the busiest time for visitors and comments. My most viewed post was an old one: How to adapt a child’s sweater by enlarging the neck opening. Of this year’s posts What I read in May 2016 was the most popular, probably as I linked to emily p.freeman.

Sue’s words and pictures is my newest blog. I have enjoyed getting out and about taking photos to post on it. The photo challenge posts are more popular than the posts I think up for myself! I have definitely achieved the post a week goal here. Most weeks I have posted twice. This blog also was involved in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. I chose plants as my theme. A walk from Scargill House was the most popular post.

This year has also seen my participation as a regular blogger on the More than Writers blog. I have been assigned the 31st of months with 31 days. This gives me the chance to write for a different readership. I am fortunate in the date as anyone looking at the monthly archives finds my posts first – at least in August, October and future months with 31 days.

If you are a blogger how did your year go?

I am linking to Your blog’s Year in Review.