Thursday, 31 December 2015

My 2015 review

It's come to that time of year when I think about what 2015 was like for me and what I hope for 2016. What did I do? What did I achieve? Where's the photos to prove it? I'm not the best at taking photos but here are some of my highlights in 2015....nothing extremely exciting but then I'm just a very ordinary woman happy with life.

Some things I got to do for the first time in my life....not that they were on my bucket list of things to do. I got to visit Rathlin Island for the first time....beautiful place. I climbed up to Scrabo Tower for the first time. I got to sit in Henry Forde memorial car at Ballinascarthy, Co.Cork....LOL. We discovered Harrisons restaurant outside Greyabbey was a lovely place to eat...and for Adrian to relax over a latte! Of course, we enjoyed going to Cork, Kerry and Ayr too.

Isaac and his friend John had the privilege of visiting Sri Lanka. This brought me great joy, especially as we adopted him and brought him to Ireland when he was a baby and so he had no memories of the country where he was born.

My Mum and Dad's diamond wedding anniversary was on 13th April. It was great to see them reach this milestone of 60 years married.

Then, I was so delighted for Jemima graduating with a distinction in a foundation degree in computing,

Believe or not, this year I tried my hand at crocheting again.....something I hadn't done for years. Developed my own patterns as I went along but don't ask me to tell you them for I couldn't remember them.

Also, I had the privilege of  organizing and teaching at Lifeboat Holiday Bible School in July, the theme being 'Little hands in a big world.' Sorry but I have no photos of it.
That's the highlights from my year....perhaps not as outstanding as yours.

Now I do not know what 2015 has been like for you but as 2016 dawns I would encourage you to keep your eyes upon the LORD. Perhaps people have hurt you and let you down and blocked you out of their lives. Remember Christ will never leave you or forsake you, if you are His child. He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother. Maybe you have been maligned or misrepresented. There's just no one who understands that like Christ. To those who have become discouraged because of the way, and perhaps even lost their way in life, I would say 'Hope thou in God. He will guide you with His eye showing you the path to take.' For those who have suffered great heartache (maybe not able to share it with others), sickness, bereavement....cast all your care (worries, anxiety) upon the Lord for He cares for you. He is the One who stood by the tomb of Lazarus and wept. Maybe you have experienced great temptations or trials. Christ is able to make a way of escape from temptation and to bring you out of trials stronger than before.

The verse that I take with me into 2016 is Isaiah 26v3:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
I do wish you a very Happy New Year and trust that you will get to know God better in 2016.