Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year ...Out With the Old

Happy New Year! I always love the start of the year. Even though nothing is different from yesterday to today, it just seems exciting each year to have a fresh start. We open crisp new calendars and things feel fresh again. But before I move into the start of the new I need to finish the old. Last weekend my mother was admitted to the hospital with some health issues so my past week has been spent mainly helping her and taking her to get tests done. I did manage to finish my Advent Rolodex art cards but didn't have time to post them, so today's post will be finishing up that project. In the next few days I'll start to talk about my word for 2016 and the various projects I am doing this year.

The Advent season was busy for me this year. I coordinated the authors for the daily Advent devotions for the His Kingdom Come community, writing four of the devotions myself. That activity immersed me in Advent starting back in late October. I also coordinated weekly Advent devotions, Scripture readings and Advent playlists for our church website. Amazingly, even though I was immersed in Advent for so long, I found that I enjoyed and connected with Advent at a deeper level this year. It can be hard at times when you are on staff at a church, to feel engaged in the worship service and not in "work" mode. But during Advent I found myself fully engaged in the five services. It was a wonderful season!

It's a new year! Enjoy your day. :)


  1. Happy New Year, Mary! I love all of your Advent art! And your HKC devotions were wonderful and I loved your music choices.

    You are amazing! How do you do it all?! Looking forward to see how God works thru you in 2016.

    May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ attend to you at all times, in all ways.
    Much love to and for you....Pamm

  2. I felt very immersed in Advent too this year. In truth, I had not observed it before, but the whole Christmas season was different for me this year. It was beautiful.

    These Advent pages are splendid and what a lovely reminder of your time spent with the Lord.


    1. It was a beautiful Christmas season, Teresa. :)

  3. Oh how I wish I could flip through these!! Such a gorgeous collection, all lined up. Fabulous! <3

  4. Thanks so much Autumn! Happy New Year!