Friday, January 4, 2008

A Brand New Year!


Happy New Year, Everyone!!!!! I can hardly believe another year has passed by! My sister and I were looking at old family photos, and this one just stood out to me. I'm the one on the far left side. Can you believe that this picture was taken about 55 years ago????? Yet, I still remember those dresses that my Mom and Grandmother made for us. We were always dressed alike! I guess it was easier to make three of a kind.

I love that picture! It just speaks to me of childhood with all the hopes, dreams, and yes, even fears, of the future. So much fills the pages between then . . . . and now. Lots of New Years celebrations, resolutions, broken promises, smashed dreams, happy surprises, and saddened hearts. The five of us (yes, there was another brother to come after this picture) grew up, went our separate ways, and all have different stories to tell.

God saw us then, sitting on that couch in our "Sunday Best" posing for that picture.
He knew the way we would each take, what was in store for us, the people we would meet, and those that we would lose. He saw us as a family, but He saw us as an individual, each with our own need of Him! Looking back, I can truly say that the ways that I took, though sometimes dark and lonely, only led me to the Cross and into the arms of my Savior.

Damaris Carbough sings a song called, He's Been Faithful. Every time I hear it, I cry! He has been faithful --- this past year, the past ten years, and all the years of my life.

Through Every Pain Every Tear
There's A God Who's Been Faithful To Me

When My Strength Was All Gone
When My Heart Had No Song
Still In Love He's Proved Faithful To Me

Every Word He's Promised Is True
What I Thought Was Impossible
I've Seen My God Do

He's Been Faithful
Faithful To Me
Looking Back He's Love And Mercy I See
Though In My Heart I Have Questioned
And Failed To Believe
He's Been Faithful, Faithful To Me

When My Heart Looked Away
The Many Times I Could Not Pray
Still My God Was Faithful To Me

The Days Are Spent So Selfishly
Reaching Out For What Pleased Me
Even Then God Was Faithful To Me

Every Time I Come Back To Him
He Is Waiting For Open Arms
And I See Once Again

He's Been Faithful
Faithful To Me
Looking Back He's Love And Mercy I See
Though In My Heart I Have Questioned
Even Failed To Believe
Yet He's Been Faithful, Faithful To Me

Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness to me, for your love, and for yet another year. "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths."


Daniv said...

lovely photo, Cora....I remember the 40s and 50s (for me) as being a great time to be a kid.....good memories..
God is so good and He is the one constant through life...What a wonderful Savior and Lord!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Oh, Cora, you were such a cutie ... and still are!


andraswhimsies said...

Oh that is an adorable picture! You look just so sweet... somethings never change ;)