Saturday, December 31, 2011

Necessary Beginnings!

I've been thinking through the past few days...
What message do I really want to convey to all my friends?
The other day I shared with a friend that I was reading a book called,
"Necessary Endings" by Dr. Henry Cloud.
And my friend responded by saying,
"It's time you think about  'Necessary Beginnings'."

I remember the time we needed to quit dairying...
I remember the time when we changed churches...
I remember the time when I retired from my work world....
I remember the time the kids left home...
I remember the time when relationships changed and ended...
I remember the time when my mom passed away...
I remember watching the final Olympic closing....

And so when I look back over my years, I've realized that 
endings are necessary and often can become strategic steps to something better.
If we cannot recognize endings in a positive light and end well,
the "better" will never be able help us develop New Beginnings.

Somehow I always find it difficult to accept the ending of an old year, 
and almost stressful to think of the beginning of a new year.
It's like we want to "tidy up" all those loose ends as the year closes.
We want to get our entire year caught up before the new year starts,
and there's something about us which makes us determined to do it.
Then there is the temptation to set up an elaborate set of resolutions 
for the coming year so we can get it right, right off the bat.
We get down right hard on ourselves and beat ourselves up.
So let's quit beating ourselves up and when things are not making sense,
lets look how we can begin to see the changes that come our way,
with a positive light and assert that something better will come our way.
I hope for the willingness to live this year in a way that will be gentle to myself...
one day at a time and to know how to enter into the "battlefield of life,"
 continuing to meditate on Jesus and his powerful message of love.
My goals will be to reflect on newness and progress in the New Year!

Life is a journey and you get to chart your very own fresh tracks for the New Year!

I wish all my readers an insightful and peaceful New Year!


  1. Marg - that is SO insightful! What a great attitude for entering the new year. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for us. I'm "leaping" into this leap year with both feet and eyes wide open! Wishing you and yours many blessings in the New Year.

  2. Thank you for your wonderful testimony about recognizing endings "positively" - I also feel a little stressed out about the ending of a year and the beginning of another. It helps to have someone point out that changes are a part of life and to continue to live in Christ is comforting.
    Such a good message for us all. Thanks again.

  3. Love this post Marg. Wonderful thoughts to consider. I like the idea of newness and progress. I also liked what Rosella said about leaping into the leap year with both feet and eyes wide open! Blessings on you and yours this new year Marg!

  4. You said it so well-and it is so true. I hope this new year will be one we chart in good directions. Your snow pictures were beautiful (snow is so missing here in Utah). We haven't even had a flake fall this whole holiday and I miss it!

  5. I enjoyed this upbeat and inspiring post, Marg. The image of fresh tracks in the snow is a good one - I remember that when we lived in Cold Lake, where it was too cold to snow a whole lot after early December, the tracks that we made early on would still be there for all to see until the snow came on a warmer day.
    I wish you every blessing and happiness and the strength to take on everything that comes your way in 2012.

  6. Wonderful post Marg. I wish you a wonderful and blessed new year with your new beginnings.

  7. Thanks for the timely post, Marg. On the one hand, I'm afraid to make tracks in the unbroken snow that is year 2012. And on the other hand, I know that it is a 'necessary beginning'...and that I won't be doing the journey alone.

    Happy New Year!

  8. well put. Endings are just the moment before a beginning after all. A Very Happy New Year to you and your family!

  9. Great thoughts to consider this first day of 2012. Happy New Year, Marg.

  10. I agree Marg, that we have to learn to accept the endings in our life in a positive light if we are to embrace the wonderful beginnings.

    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year full of many new blessings!

  11. Well said, Marg... and so true... I always find a year end emotional too...not wanting it to end.. and then facing the uncertainty of a new year. But you are sooo right .. new beginnings always hold promise and hope!
    Prayfully wishing you a year of wonderful beginnings with happy endings.

  12. Very thoughtful and insightful reflections for the New Year! Wishing you only the best in 2012 !

  13. Marg... I have that same feeling at tha end of the year... not really being ready to end it. but time does not stop for us... and we march on into the New Year. Here we are ... and it's so good to know that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
    Wishing you happy new beginnings. That last photo is awesome!

  14. New and necessary beginnnings, I like that. A good way to start the new year, Marg. Blessings.
    Now I'm smiling..word verification is 'skicured':) Whatever could that mean??

  15. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Marg. Endings and beginnings are the inevidable part of each of our lives.
    Fixing our eyes on Him....the author and finisher of our faith. Keep running the good race Marg....thank you for the times this past year that you have encouraged me through your faithful walk with the Lord.
    May His goodness and mercy fall fresh on the path that lies before you as you begin the necessary journey on the road of 2012.

  16. I once heard someone put it this way," you can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk" beginnings need those necessary endings. great post!

  17. Love this post, Marg! So well thought out and stated. And I'm loving all that snow. I'm quite jealous in fact as we have had none, nada, zip! How can that be?

  18. Thank you for these thought provoking ponderings. I've been feeling stressed lately with the long list of "have to do's". You remind me of my resolve to take one day and one thing at a time. You set a good example, Marg.


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