Monday, February 9, 2009

Ok so here is my very late New Year's message! I have been soooooooo busy planning a wedding that the thought of posting this for all to read totally slipped my mind! But anyways, here it is...and I found a couple of really cool poems too!

"Hey y'alls! Hope this past year has been blessed for everyone of you. I hope you all have found satisfaction and love and opportunities...I pray that the Lord has blessed you all!
This is the year to top all years! This is the year that I went to college and I finally struck some independance, yet at the same time I discovered that being on your own really allows to appreciate the little things that your family tends to give you that no one else opportunities to free laundry, and neverending moments to torment your brothers lol...moments of goofy unexpected laughter and moments of really silly tears. Yes, that's right, I've cried for the stupidist reasons after being home once again but it's those tears that once their over allow you to reflect and provide the way to the changes that one should make in oneself. I've only discovered this in the past few weeks, but it's been a great learning tool in helping me cultivate my humility and love towards others...
I also was blessed so dearly with the most amazing man! Blake Rawls, my now future hubby, is God's greatest gift in my life! He has taught me so many things about how to be a strong and compassionate woman. He is the shining example that motivates me to be better and to want to make myself great! Blake allows me to see into the depths of myself the way that no one else has been able to before and everyday I try to be the woman that is worthy of his love! He is the apple to my orange, the cheese to my macaroni! lol...Without him, there would be little flavor in my life and what a sad day that would be cause you all no how I love my flavor lol! For the time being we are away from each other, saving our little hearts out so that we have food to eat after the wedding, but that's given me time to learn more about him and myself and how strong we are as a couple! THe biggest lesson I learn this past year was what it is to truely so much that you would lay down your life for that person...everyday I strive to cultivate that love and harness it into the pure love that Christ would desire that I have! It is a work in progress but what a gret resolution right? lol
For this next year, 2009 YIPES!, there is going to be a great many changes in my family. My sister is getting married 3 months before I will follow suit and then it's back to my almost sophmore year at college. I will have a new home, a new life, a definate future, a new eternal companion! What a great thing! New year always make me a tad sad as does change, but Change I now realize is for the best. God intends change and it is something that I should embrace not fear. One of my resolutions starting tonight is to strive to live more positively and fully! I have noticed a slight retreating back into my little shell and I think that that has been due to a lot of instability and change within my family and friends, but I have refused to let that happen! I just realized how beautiful and lovely life can be and I can't lose that....I will continue to make new beginnings-live and love as if tomarrow were my last day on earth!
I do have a testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for me..I have really had a huge focus on the Atonement in my studies this year, and I can to a new appreciation for it! I love God, I love Christ, and I love all of His blessings in my life...I feel priveledged to know that He gave His life for someone as insignificant as me and that through that sacrifice and love, I can become all that He intends for me to be. He is the truth the light and the way-I say this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen!

How can I use the New Year
To better serve my Lord?
I’ll read my Bible every day,
And be more in accord.
I’ll find new ways to serve others;
I’ll love my neighbor, too.
I’ll focus on "give" instead of "get"
In everything I do.
I’ll forgive the people I’m mad at;
Angry feelings I’ll discard;
I’ll try to love my enemies,
Even though it’s hard.
In the new year, I’ll lift people up,
Instead of putting them down.
I’ll fill my heart with love and joy,
And never wear a frown.
I’ll let go of my worries;
I’ll put it all in His hands;
I’ll repent and try to sin less,
And obey all His commands.
These new year’s resolutions
Are difficult, at best,
But there’s something I can do each day
That will put my soul at rest:
I’ll love my Lord with all my heart,
With all my mind and soul,
And if I do that essential thing,
All the rest will be in control.

Here’s to the yearthat’s almost past its expiration date—2008.We all had some surprises, didn’t we?Some good, some distressing.Let’s use everything we got from our experiences,everything we learned,to enrich the new year.Here’s to the new year, 2009,a gift we haven’t opened yet.May its bright, shiny packagecontain even more than we hope for."