Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Out with the old...In with the NEW!


This will be my last post of the old year. You know, that old tired, worn out 2008?

I plan on ringing in the New Year in worship. Our New Church has this service from 9-12am that will include worship and singing His praises and ringing in the New Year with the Glorious Lord as our initial benefactor of bringing in the New Year. If I don’t make it to the service, then I will surely be in prayer at midnight!

What better way to spend New Year’s Eve? In prior years, my days of drinking, I used to spend my night drinking and glorifying the evil bottle. Standing at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor awaiting the fireworks display although many were already going off in my head by that time.

What a difference Christ makes. After I became sober at 21, I began seeing a new LIGHT to my life and everything turned around for me. Sure the evil tried to attack and I did falter like any other human being, but not for long. Five years ago (almost six) I left the state of corruption that fed my insecurities. I found myself here in Dallas Texas where life took a quick uphill swing as soon as I arrived.

I lost a lot. A nice beautiful Cape Cod home, an awesome garden that wrapped around the entire house, I lost all of my ‘materials’ that I had gathered over, say, a 30-year period. And even my husband of twenty years was left to fend for himself. Was I sad? Sure, because my mother and the rest of my family was left behind in that warped place. Did I regret leaving? Not for a second. (Please note: It was an amicable separation.)

Since coming to Dallas, I’ve had a resurgence of Faith envelop me. I begged forgiveness, I sought solidarity, I fought off the corruption and now I find myself being carried in the Hands of God while we continue to grow together. What an awesome experience.

I share this with you, not to boast or judge any one of you but I just want you all to know it is possible to form a bond with the Living God and move forward in this crazy world in the Light of blessings.

My New Year will end in prayer and begin in prayer. It will not be spent with Satan at my lips or in my sight, or hanging in my ear. It will be a BLESSED New Year for my family and me and I wish the same for you, my friends who have endured my rants and ‘Spirit filled’ posts.


Happy New Year and MAY GOD BLESS YOU FRUITFULLY!

6 comments:

Q said...

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And heaven is overflowing.

Q

joni said...

Aww Q,
My dear friend! I hope that Mrs. Q and you have a glorious New Year wrapped in Blessings also!

Thank you for caring!
(((Peter)))

Joni

benning said...

May God watch over you and yours, grant you all the very best, and keep you safe and healthy!

Anonymous said...

Joni,

I'd say that you've taken the path most difficult for a young woman, but it has made you stronger and more confident. To be free of any addiction is to be one step closer to perfection.

I wish you continued happiness through the new year. May your friends be bountiful and your harvest grand.

blessings,

Raven

joni said...

Ben,
You're an added blessing to my life too y'know! I want your cup to be overflowing with blessings too! Not just m&m's!

Luv ya buddy,
joni



Hi Raven,
The path most difficult? Nah, it just had more rocks and boulders,hills, and valleys than anyone else's road. lol

And since leaving Baltimore behind, I have more friends than enemies (not that I had any friends or enemies back home.) I have my writing, my son, and my Lord!

Who could need anything more? :-)

Thank you for your kind words!

Joni

Granny said...

May God continue to bless you in ways not yet known.
He has richly blessed those of us who enjoy the pleasure of having you as their friend.

You are a God send.
Granny