New Years Hope


“Yet hope returns
when I remember
this one thing:

The Lord’s unfailing
love and mercy
still continue,

fresh as the morning,
as sure as the sunrise.
The Lord is all I have,
so in him
I put my hope
–Lamentations 3:21-24

Hello all–   My only real resolution this year is more of a reflection–to remember these words.  If I wake up in the morning, remembering my hope is in God’s unfailing love and mercy, everything else will make sense.

Like the last three days.  I have been painting the study a pale gray.  And let’s just say it’s not going well.  By the time Larry got home tonight I was pretty grumpy (and paint spattered).  But if I can stop and measure that against the merciful daily love of God– paint’s not such a big deal.   I’m hopeful for all he has ahead for me (even if it’s not a beautiful study).  Thankful.

photo: Wisconsin lake from our trip last summer.

25 thoughts on “New Years Hope

  1. If it’s any comfort I have banned myself from painting rooms. I’m a disaster. I’m Lucy AND Ethel all in one.
    Love you much. I’m sure it will look fantastic! ❤️🦋

    • Agree! This is a really soft gray (called Roadster White– Behr–Home Depot) and looks to clean and fresh. But I’m doing a massive bookcase in there too (white) and it’s taking forever! — Sorry for the whining!– Hope you’re painting goes well and it all turns out beautifully! xox

      • Haha…I don’t consider painting fun either, more tedious than anything! I have a spare room that was my son’s that I want to redo. The problem is that it’s filled with all his stuff. Eventually after he picks it all up, I can get to work.

        • Hi Mary– I can totally relate to that! We are at the next stage– kids stuff moved into boxes in the garage! We have a small house so the silver lining when the kids moved out was gaining a study and a guest room (so they can come back home to visit!!) take care… xox

    • Nope– I’m am still painting! (this is the never ending project!). The room & hallway walls are done, thankfully. But there is a massive built in books case I am painting white and it has so many nooks and crannies!! (and lamentably needs a second coat of paint!). I think I’ll be done by May! — but thanks for your encouragement!! xox

  2. Thats such a gorgeous photo Rhonda and beautiful scripture, best of luck painting the room you are very ambitious. I could not paint my rooms if I tried my ceilings are too high and I don’t do ladders.

    • Hey Suzanne– I’ll bet your house is gorgeous with the older architecture, high ceilings. I am deciding I’m not so good with ladders anymore either– and I’m such a paint splatter-er! This job is going on forever–walls done, but now I’m painting a huge bookcase. I have hopes of finishing sometime this year!! But thanks for your encouragement Suzanne!! hugs hugs1

  3. With hope in His unfailing love, we can expect His presence in all that He has planned for us. We can see His grace and beauty in all things, for our good and His glory. Blessings for a new year. ~ Fran

  4. Yeah…I hear ya! I used to love painting rooms, but lately I don’t know if it’s busyness, age, the weather, or all of he above,…I don’t really enjoy it as much as I used to. 😊

    • Oh gosh Daisy! Maybe it’s the ladder!! I like how the room looks now (finished today finally!), but I’m a klutz up on a ladder– splattering paint high and low. But you did a kitchen remodel not too long ago– was there painting involved?? take care.. xox

    • Hi Marica– I may never paint again– that took forever (and I’m so messy!). But it looks OK (now that I scraped up the paint splatters off the floor!). I’m looking forward to staying off the ladder and reading for a few days– Just finished Commonwealth by Ann Patchett-good story of a fractured family. OK, happy reading back there to you!! xox

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