a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

that's my kind of party

We went to a party tonight hosted by a couple from our church to welcome in the New Year.  It was a nice gathering of friends, but the best part of it was that we "toasted" in the New Year on New York time (3 hours ahead of us) so at 9 p.m. we said "Happy New Year", toasted with sparkling apple cider and we were home by 9:30 p.m.  That's my kind of party.

Gone are the days when I used to be able to stay up to midnight to welcome in the new year.  In fact if I make it to 10 p.m. these days, I'm lucky.

Make no mistake about it, I'm ready for 2013 to have drawn to a close.  It was a challenging year on more than one fronts, but it was also a great year of answered prayer and unexpected ways how prayer were answered. 

Last Sunday at church the pastor challenged us not to make resolutions that tend to focus on "I".  "I want to lose weight".  "I want to save money".  "I want to get my finances in order."  "I want to stop smoking" and while all those "I's" are great, they challenged us to think beyond "I" and to put God first in all our days, decisions, plans, etc., and to put others first before us.  That's what I'm going to aim for this year. 

Every year for the past few years I've picked a word of the year.  Last year was patience.  I don't think I did as well as I could with it, I'm still impatient about some things we're waiting on in answered prayer, but I could see over 2013 how God had answered prayers his way and timing, so I will continue to wait upon him.

This year's word I'm actually repeating from 2012.  Seek.  Seek God with all my heart, my soul, my mind.  Trying to put him first in all I do.  God does say if we seek him, he will be found.  I'm sure it will be a great year ahead seeking him and having him lead me where he wants me to be.

Happy New Year from Koda and me.  May 2014 be an awesome year for you and yours. 


jack69 said...

Well how smart are you guys, using NY time is quite cool. Wishing you and yours a Very Happy New Year.

Great entry. Like the ideas on resolutions.

Love to you and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. (We think of you often)


HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2014 be healthy and happy. My word this year is BELIEVE.

LynnMarie said...

Seek is a good word to have. I like it a lot. Since I live on the east coast we ran in the new year as well with New York but I took a nap and woke up about 5 minutes before the ball drop. Saw it come down, kissed the man I man I love and fell back asleep - not the party animal I use to be.

Dana said...

Happy New Year, Betty! I think your word for the year is a perfect one. Wishing you all the best in 2014. ☺

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Great word for the New Year and such good advice too. I did see midnight thanks to my two youngest boys and their families. Hope you do have a very blessed and happy New Year!

Jeanie said...

We went out to dinner with friends and were home by 9 p.m.....that worked for us.
I hope the new year brings many good things for you and your family.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

On the East coast here in Florida I wanted to stay up until the new year, but like you I was in bed at 9:30.

"Seek" is such a good word for 2014. Go back to my blog because I have a comment for you there. Love how you always write.

Happy New Year, my new social media friend.


Kat said...

I like what you pastor suggested. That is a great idea.
My word last year was STILL. It helped when I was worried or stressed. It also reminded me of the Psalm "Be still and know that I am God". I wrote it on a smooth stone and carried it around in my pocket almost like a worry stone. I think I may continue to use it the word this year too. However, my new word is BREATHE. More of a meditative word. Maybe I'll write it on the back of my stone. ;)

Hope you have a very happy and blessed 2014!

Bijoux said...

May your new year be filled with JOY.

Pat Hatt said...

Happy new year, I was up until new york time too, but it was 1am here lol

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Does sound like a fun party. I stayed up until midnight watching all the shows on ABC with Ryan. At midnight I got Mark up and Amber joined us in toasting in 2014!
I just found my word yesterday and hope to share it soon. It came to me in the shower....LOL. Wishing you all things wonderful in 2014 and thank you for all your support in 2013. Love, Debby

Juli said...

Yeah... I'm sticking with my napping more resolution.

I am off to a great start too... I didn't get out of bed until 11am today, and if it wasn't for the impending storm, I'd be down for my first nap of the new year right now.

Maybe after I move the grill and prep the yard for high winds and snow...

Mevely317 said...

Yours sounds like the loveliest way to honor the year's end!
We felt more or less obligated to attend a friend's gathering - further from home than I'd have preferred -- but I have to keep reminding myself how nice it is that someone cares enough to extend the invite!

Wishing you all a sweet, sweet New Year .... glad I'm along for the ride! :)


~mel said...

Happy New Year. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I like the idea of your pastor not focusing on the "I" and challenging us to put God first. Great advice :)

Relyn Lawson said...

Hello, friend. I wanted to stop by and thank you for being a part of my blog in 2013. You have been a blessing to me. For the coming year, I have a few wishes for you.

May 2014 bring you much joy.
May we all have peace in our homes,
laughter by our firesides,
time spent with family,
and contentment in our hearts.
Be well, my friend.

Lynda said...

What a great idea to celebrate on EST when you live in CA. Perhaps my hubby and I need to think about going east with our welcoming of the New Year, too.
Your mindset for 2014 is the best one. All things do fall into place when HE is sought.

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya 2013 wasn't that great for me either, or at least the 2nd half of it wasn't. The first half was great, but the 2nd half, not so much... Lots of unanswered prayer for me too!

I am working on more faith in God and better health for 2014.

Happy New Year to you and Koda!
: )

Linda said...

I like your party! We went to church and then watched The Vow. Shredded tax returns back to the 50's most of today. Downsize I think will be my word. Seek and you will find. Happy New Year.

Chatty Crone said...

I am going to use the words Let go! I hope for you a wonderful New Year! The very best ever. sandie

SweetMarie said...

Happy 2014 to you and Koda! I'm very much looking forward to this year. It's been a great day and I will end everyday writing in my grateful journal, that way I will have a smile when I fall asleep. :) Your post today is very touching, thank you. I like your word...

Intense Guy said...

Next year you could celebrate the ringing in the new year at London, UK... then you would be all done by lunch time! (Hm... I think that might actually be a good idea for me!)

2013 was a rough year for a lot of us. I hope 2014 is one of the "shiny" ones!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Yes - not sorry to shut the door on 2013! Happy New Year to you!

Blondee said...

I love the idea of ringing in the New Year on NY time...but since I'm in NY, I'd need to pick a different area in order to get to bed earlier. AND convince the kids to go along with it!

Happy New Year, may it be blessed.

Danielle L Zecher said...

That's a great idea to use a time zone a few hours ahead of you! We'll have to try that next time since I never seem to be able so stay awake until midnight.

I hope your year is off to a good start.

Marianne said...

I adore patience, mostly because I have none. Happy new year & love to you & yours!

Sharon said...

Betty, so sorry that I'm late to the party!

First of all, we went to a dinner party given by our neighbors on New Year's Eve. And, we actually stayed up until midnight!! Surprise...

I love your word - seek. Such a powerful and hopeful word. I will be praying that God will strengthen your heart to follow HIS journey for you this year.

I'd appreciate prayers for me, too. God has given me the word *JOY* and it's not a comfortable one for this worry-wart. But, I know He'll figure it out!!


Happiest New Year to you and yours (Koda, too) from me and mine, and Marty!

Linda :) said...

I had a nap from 9:3o-11:15, woke up, toasted the new year with Ryan Seacrest and hubby and was in bed and asleep... Happy New Year! :)