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Sometimes, I think that New Year’s Day comes at the wrong time of year. I am always facing a bunch of tasks left over from the old year, like taking down the Christmas tree, putting away the decorations, writing thank-you notes and deciding what to do with Christmas cards.

Then, there is the thought of trying to catch up with all the work I put off during the holidays. I wonder, “Who can think about new beginnings or goals in the midst of old concerns?”

I read about a gift received. It contained a card that said, “May this gift encourage you in the coming year.” After opening the package, a beautifully framed message was revealed, which read:

“Friend, trust Me, I have everything under control.

                                                                 Love, Jesus”       

These words began to change my frame of mind. I found what I needed to face the concerns of the New Year!

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I spent a week in the company of my many grandchildren, who, under the guidance of a family member, interviewed me, asking many questions about my life. A few of the questions they asked were:

 “How did you meet Grandpa?”

 “How do I resemble my parents when they were my age?”

 “What were you like when you were my age?”

“Who influenced your life the most?”

“What technology of today has made the biggest change in your life?

“Tell us about your first date.”

“I want to know about your family vacations.”

“What gave you the idea of taking us on adventures?”

During the time spent with each one, I marveled at the little things they remembered. Gifts were never mentioned, but time spent with them was the big topic. Some things mentioned were:

Making stepping stones with each grandchild for my garden.

Delivering the Chronicle to the stores on the West Fork, where they were given a special welcome.

Camping out in the back yard.

All grandchildren have a pair of farm boots.

Marching down Russett Road, singing their original “Boot Patrol Cadence.”

Having a picnic or tea party under Grandpa’s desk.

Reading stories.


I am blessed to have these memories too. It reminds me that God gave Carl and me a special mission field in our seven children. These seven have passed on love of God, love of country, and a strong work ethic to our 16 grandchildren, who will go on to influence an even wider circle.

It is never too late to influence the younger generations.

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Day Sixty-Three: January 5, 2009.

15 days left until inauguration day.

For the members of the U.S. Senate to be cleansed of sin and purified to serve their constituencies with faithfulness and godliness.

“And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”  --Hebrews 10:21-23.

O God of promises, I praise and thank You today for keeping every promise You have made--and for Your ultimate promise of salvation which is in Jesus Christ, Your Son. Thank You for Your untiring faithfulness which secures a place in Heaven for me.

Today, I ask for blessings on the members of the United States Senate--those newly elected and those who have served for years. O God, as these dedicated men and women prepare to serve our nation in the 111th Congress, I ask that You cleanse and purify them so they may serve You and our nation with faithfulness and godliness. In Your holy name, amen.

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