2016 – so, now what?


This past October I became a card carrier – a Medicare Plan A card now has a home in the sleeve of my wallet. I admit, getting older is not my favorite thing to do. I remember clearly my own mother saying, “I hate getting old.” She walked into the gates of heaven at 86-3/4 years old, October 2012. Her mind was as sharp as it was at 35 but her body was worn out. My mother fully lived every day of her life. In fact, the day she began the journey “home” she was on her way to the hairdresser! Less than 48 hours later she saw Jesus. O! what a day!

I am a 65-year old faith blogger in a sea of 30 and 40-something women who are more tech savvy than I’ll ever be. They Periscope, Voxx, Facetime, Skype, Instagram, Facebook, and Tweet their days away; it truly amazes me how they do it. When I had three kids at home, I barely had time to sit down and flip through the pages of a Woman’s Day magazine, never mind set up a Periscope video session! Has time changed so much?

I wonder!

Christmas came this year as it does each and every 365-day cycle, and, today many of us are taking the ornaments off of dry needles on the Balsam and Fraser Fir trees, wrapping angels, nativity figures, and mercury glass snowmen in tissue paper to spend the next 330 days in hibernation. And, I’m not writing to say there is a thing wrong with that – it is a blessed time when most of the world celebrates the birth of The One who came to save the world from sin. And, in a few months we’ll be laying things down for Lent; then dressing the mantel for the season of Resurrection, and then…

It’s the cycle we call … LIFE! And, because of Jesus Christ we can live life in abundance. We can wake up each morning and be glad we’re alive to declare His goodness and faithfulness. We can write another blog post. We can record another Periscope. We can post another picture on Instagram. Tweet another recipe!

But, people, let’s never put these things before Him. Trust me, I’m preaching to the choir here, friends. My one word for 2016 is DISCIPLINE. The Lord put this one right smack in front of me last month – the reasons are personal and I am going to sit up and listen to the prompting of His Spirit and practice discipline with grace in 2016.

I want to spend my remaining years surrendered to Him. Unless Jesus comes back for His bride, I intend to take care of myself and enjoy at least 20 more!

I have rambled today, but it’s coming from a sincere heart – if you take anything away from these words let it be: Let’s not waste our lives. Let’s be faithful to the work God has put in front of us and if that means less Facebook and Twitter, then so be it. Let’s make 2016 the year of purpose, intention, and graced discipline, and, let’s make a difference for the Kingdom!


About the author : Susan Shipe

Susan Shipe

I am an encourager with a heart for women. The Lord delivered a message of hope deep within my soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met me in my hour of need and my heart overflowed with hope – the theme of my life since that time has been HOPE! I began blogging in 2008 and became serious in the fall of 2010 when I hired a site designer! Hope|Heart|Home are my three passions and one can find food for the soul, and the body, along with a lot of musing over at www.hopehearthome.com I am the mother of three adult children, grandmother (a/k/a Mimzy) to 20-year old Hannah and 14-year old Simon, and I am the wife of one man and together we love on our beloved dog, Sam! My husband, Lowell, and I attend Community Church in Mountain City, Tennessee. I enjoy writing, reading, organic gardening, traveling, and spending time with our family.

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