Friday, January 4, 2013


It’s the fourth day of a new year 
and I have a clean slate in front of me.

2012 brought blessings, to be sure.
But also some deep personal challenges
and disappointments.

I'm closing my shop this month.

It's a loss I've had to grieve.

I've done a lot of praying.

Asking God questions.

"Why Lord?"

"What now, Lord?"

And He answered in one word.


God is systematically removing those
things that have kept me from
the joy of discovery.

The cloud is lifting.

2013 is my year of Discovery.

Discovering more about God,
and more about me. 

For as I discover the deeper things of God 
a window will open to who I am. 

The woman God has designed me to be.

So this is what I'm writing on my clean slate.

I'm dedicating this year to the Lord.

And I'm walking with Him.

Now every morning when I wake up 
and before my feet hit the floor
I say,

"Good morning Lord,
what are we going to discover today?"

You can bet I'll be sharing my discoveries with you.

I'm pretty excited.

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  1. what a great attitude to have, nancy. :)

    1. Well, Theresa, I have to say it took a fair amount of whining before I got to this place. :) God is good. And I'm very happy you visited and left this comment.

  2. HI I am linking in from Create With Joy. I love your Word, Discovery and the way you discovered it. I like the habit of getting up and saying your word - every day.

    I wrote my post at Under the Cover of Prayer


    1. Nice to meet you Janis. I'm heading to your blog now. God bless you.

    2. Thanks for visiting and Facebooking Under the Cover of Prayer. Love your cottage store and the paintings. I do watercolour as well as my own blog.
      Blessings as we head into 2013 full of the wonder of what God will do.

  3. Nancy - your post gave me "good chills". I love your spirit of discovery and your positive outlook. I have continued to search for "my purpose" at this time in my life. You inspire me to try harder. Discovery - I love your word! Love to you as always. Renee

    1. Renee, the good news is that we don't have to "try harder". In fact, I think it's quite the opposite. God doesn't say "try harder". He says, "Rest in Me." "Come to Me all who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest." So, I believe it's in rest -- resting in the Lord, in His promises, in His love and comfort shown to us through His word -- that we find our purpose. It means we have to slow down and listen to His voice. Thanks for visiting and leaving your sweet comment. I'll be praying that God will reveal what He has for you now in this phase of your life. I know the past two+ years have been difficult for you. But God is with you and He will guide you as you continue to look to Him. Love you, sweet friend.

  4. Sorry you have to close your shop but I think you have an exciting year of discovery ahead!

    1. Yup. I agree. Already I can see good things. Love to you and prayers for a wonderful 2013 for you and your family, Barb.

  5. At first I was struck by sheer sadness over your news...and then I could tell that this is God's will and that you are accepting it as such and looking for what He has for your future. I am glad you aren't grieving so much anymore but seeing it as a blessing instead. I know it had to be a really hard decision for you to make, but I can see it is a decision that is finally bringing you peace. All the best, dear blogger friend, for the upcoming year. Hope there are lots of wonderful discoveries ahead!

    1. Having met you through blogging is one of the blessings I experienced in 2012, Marie. Your words and sweet spirit have been a great encouragement to me. I expect to have much more time to write now that I don't have the shop to attend to, and that makes me happy. May God bless you and keep you.

  6. Beautiful word Nancy! There is much joy and happiness in the world if we only cared enough to look and discover. Good luck with your word :)

  7. Thank you, Anne. You're right about caring enough to discover. It does mean consciously taking time and being open to what God has to show us. And He's always ready. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. I am so sorry about the heart pain you've had to face. I love your words: I discover the deeper things of God a window will open to who I am. I'm posting them on my facebook page. They go perfectly with my words--less...and more.


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