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Christmas and the Ending of a Year

There could be many words to describe myself during this year.

Stressed, busy, focused, determined, struggling, happy, loving, angry, overwhelmed, peaceful… And sometimes all those could take place in the span of a few minutes.

All of those things (and more) may have been felt during this year, but there is one word that comes to mind as I celebrate Christmas with my family and enter into a new year filled with possibilities.


You and I are never guaranteed anything in this life. We don’t know what could be right around the corner, but by God’s grace, we continue to trust Him and believe we’ll see His goodness.

So here I am, another year nearly complete, and I have to give thanks. I’m thankful for you who are reading this. Thankful for family and friends who make life so rich. Thankful for a wonderful Savior who has never backed off of loving and delighting in me.

From our family, merry Christmas to you and yours!

I thought I might share the verse God put on my heart for our Christmas cards this year. Know that I’m praying this for every single person who reads this.

 Look here, what’s done is done and gone.
        The now is new, and there’s hope in the not-yet.
    I will tell you what’s to come, even before the events are brand-new. –Isaiah 42:9 (VOICE)

This is my last post for 2016, but blessings to you! What word would you use to describe your end-of-year?

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  1. Merry Christmas, Jason! May you and yours have a blessed new year!

    • Thank you, Glynn. Same to you!

  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy (and even more prosperous) New Year to you and yours Jason!

    • I appreciate that, Ed! Same blessings for you!

  3. Jason, I think I’d have to go with “thankful,” too. Hope you all have a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • It’s a good word and a good feeling. 🙂 Hope you had an amazing Christmas as well!

  4. “Blessed” which leads me to “Thankful”.
    God is so good.
    2016 was a busy year, filled with love, laughter, tears and pain. But through it all God is good.
    I look forward to blogging with you in 2017.
    God bless you and your family.

    • Amen. Me too, TC. Thanks so much. Blessings to you and yours as well. 🙂

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