Things To Know Before The New Year Begins


  In the next few days, pundits will line up to make their annual predictions about the next twelve months.  Some forecasts are ominous; but in spite of expert opinions, the new year will be what we make of it.  Faith and character often find their most expressive canvas in challenging circumstances. 

To prepare for whatever 2012 may bring, I look back rather than forward.  I’m reminded that the most profound life lessons are those learned in testing.  If this is a testing year, I will celebrate the opportunity, knowing that faith also carries great and perfect promises of blessing, even deliverance.  

The greatest gift I could give to those unsure of the future is to urge them to receive the Savior of the Bible.  The one thing to know is not a what–it is a Who.  Know Christ.  When Christ Jesus is your sure foundation, no future is uncertain.  Happy New Year! 



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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