Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I have been inspired by one of my favorite blogger friends Sharon at to choose a word for the new year. This word should be something that you would like to work on in the upcoming year. After some thought I have decided that my word is "Hopeful". I know that this should come easy to me. After all my Hope is in the Lord. Some days this is real easy for me but there have been too many days where it is difficult. I struggle with feeling hopeful about the physical ailments in both me and my sweet girl. I want to feel hopeful in every aspect of my life and I pray that the Lord feels me with his hope. I'm usually a very optimistic person but have really been struggling lately. I have a big desire to read through the bible this year. I have tried in the past and have never gotten through :( This year I have downloaded an audio version on my Iphone and want to keep up with our church. Our church will be going through the bible this year and preaching through the books each Sunday. I also have a really great devotional book Jesus Calling that I will use and some other great books. Praying God will use his word to speak into me and fill me with his hope like only he can.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know that plans I have for you declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.



  1. SO excited about your word for this year~ I know God is going to bless you for choosing it, sharing it, and making a commitment toward it! Did you mean you pessimistic or optimistic? I think you to be half full girl! I am praying for you today to have the HOPE that only comes through Christ~ put Him first and all will come to you. Blessings and love sweet friend!!! XOXO

  2. I love the word you chose. I too want to be filled with God’s hope this year.

    Being HOPEFUL is what our pastor preached on this weekend.
    We are to “Be full of confident expectation of good things to happen in this new year.”

    He used the word H-O-P-E-F-U-L to describe 7 truths about Jesus to spring up hope in us:
    H-He is coming HOME (meaning he is coming back again)
    P-He hears and answers our PRAYER.
    E-He has given us ETERNITY.
    F-He is FAITHFUL. He keeps his promises.
    U-He is UNRELENTING as He does His work in us.
    L-He LOVES us

    Melody, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  3. Hi there

    Leslie, Susannah's Mommy, from AW, gave me your blog. We just adopted a little girl with a complex heart condition. We are in San Diego, and I would love to talk about the surgeon you used and about how you felt the hospital did. I understand you used CHOC?

    My current blog is