Taking a whole year one day at a time…

Well well, it’s been a while I know. But I haven’t been totally silent. My ponderings have mainly turned up on the joint blog with my hubby www.ajourneyof2miles.wordpress.com as we have been on a bit of an advernture lately.

2011 has indeed been an adventure! I did things and went places and met people I never imagined I would in my whole life!

Highlights include….

I was contacted by the family of my cornea donor, from Indiana of all places. Now I’m in regular contact with his mum and planning to meet the family later this year. Subsequent to that I was asked to submit a photo for the exhibition called ‘Circle of Light’ which is run by the eye bank in the US. My photo was published as part of the exhibition. What a privilege!

I’ve continued my contributions to UCB Ireland Radio and now also do a weekly little spot on Spirit Radio with RoJo in the Mornings. Two very different types of input but I’m delighted to be involved in Christian Radio and look forward to developing that over the years, God willing.

I went to Cyprus! Oh boy did I go to Cyprus 🙂 First for 3 weeks then I came home for 4 weeks and went back for 6. It was an amazing experience that, when I get my head around it I will talk more about. But I got an insight in to the Middle East and the Arab people that has changed me forever. I cried my eyes out saying goodbye to people I was just getting to know, and they’ll always stay in my heart.

And I moved… more than once 🙂 I’m now a resident of the lovely village on Kilcullen in Co. Kildare and we’re going to Brannockstown Baptist Church.

It was an exciting year. And probably the best year I’ve had for a while. And it was the last year of my 30s. I’ve only a couple of months left before I enter a new decade and only God knows what is ahead.

There have been many times that I’ve said “Can’t wait to see the back of this year!” ” Can’t wait for the new year and a new start” etc. But I don’t say that any more. And when I heard some really sad news on New Years Day, that an old friend had taken his own life that day, I couldn’t help thinking that his poor family, only hours into the New Year would already want to see the back of 2012. I pray that they will know God’s compassion, faithfulness and mercy every day. I thank God that with him we can have a new start everyday. Lamentations 3 says

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; 
   great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
   therefore I will wait for him.”

I’m excited for 2012, my 40th birthday and all the potential and opportunities there are. But as the old song says, “One day at a time sweet Jesus….”

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