New Years Day! White snow outside. Inside a clean calendar with No appointments on it yet. I love the fresh start that January brings. Whatever was wrong with the year 2009 can be worked on and made right in 2010. I love that since we are a new creation in Christ, we can put on the new nature like a garment. We can walk in that.
I love to rid up in January. I have found that only people from Ohio rid up. That just means clean the place up. Not dust, vacuum, or shine the silver. It means put things away, get the house in order. That's what I love about new beginnings - a sense of order. The chaos of the past can be cleared up. I have been spot reading the Bible for a month or two. I would flip open my Bible and scan my notes on the open pages God chose, plus the next two and the former two. When I felt God spoke, I wrote it down. I got lots of very cool scriptures that way. Sometimes my Bible flipped to the pages I had been before. I thought it was odd, but I felt God saying, "you didn't got this scripture I meant for you to have." I also found some wonderful, obscure things I didn't remember were in the Bible. I loved that a lot. Now I am ready to read a running narrative somewhere. I'm not sure where but probably Romans and somewhere cool in the Old Testament.
My color for January is white. As a school teacher, all of the months had colors for the room decorations and the bulletin boards. So now, I do my house like that. I'm leaving out snowmen and putting out some tiny wooden sleds my dad made that I treasure.
Even though I don't especially like snow anymore, I love January. I'm putting a little used Christmas CD in my car that I found a few days ago. It's old carols sung beautifully and accompanied by simple instruments. Very Irishish. I got it on a riverboat in Illinois. The indoor singer's name was Barry Cloyd and I'm going to be moving into my New Year with Irish Christmas music in my heart. Happy New Year! Nancy