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Bread for the Journey, Happy New Year

As we begin 2010 we'd like to thank all of you who follow our blog.
You encourage us daily with your gracious comments and we appreciate each one of you.
 Speaking for myself, I have been so blessed by the fellowship and support of each of my fellow contributors and want to express my personal appreciation to Lovella
for her dedication to making this blog the best it can be.
Thank you Lovella.

For today's "Bread for the Journey" post, I'd like to share a poem
which I read in a magazine a long time ago.
I've made it my prayer every New Year since and hope it inspires you as well.

Unmapped Miles Ahead

I wrap up
the last day of December.
Ahead hang months
Of unmapped miles.
Inside me
tangles with trepidation.
rim my heart:
What Trial?
What Triumph?
What will meet me tomorrow?

Creator of our chronology-
You who set up seasons
split light from night
walked timelines in both directions-
You know what’s waiting.

Hold my hours in Your hands
tug me toward right
tap my shoulder and whisper instructions
fill my heart with Your directions.
I want to walk these days
with You.

Joan Rae Mills

Happy New Year from all of us at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.


  1. What a beautiful poem! I believe you have just created a new tradition for me too.

    I truly love your bread for the journey posts!

    Blessings, Chris

  2. What a lovely poem! It should be our aspiration daily!

    Thank you for your blog. It inspires me and gives me a moment to pause and be grateful.



  3. Hello, my name is bj and I'm very happy to meet you.
    I love this beautiful poem...very inspirational.
    Now, i must go and check out some of your recipes...:O)
    Come by to see me sometime....
    xo bj

  4. O, and I am signing up to follow!!:O)

  5. Very beautiful.I wish for each of you a year filled to overflowing with God's blessings.

  6. Hi and what a beautiful poem..a keeper I would say...hope it is ok to copy and save??? and thanks for all the great recipes...some I have tried...some I just enjoy looking at LOLOL!!! and here is hoping the New Year brings much happiness to enjoyment to you and all the other "recipe sisters"..hugs from Ora in KY

  7. Hello! I am very excited that I found your blog today. The recipes look delicious! You have a new follower:) Thank you for sharing.

  8. Thanks so much for this weekly inspiration. I really look forward to it. And the poem was so perfect for where my thoughts have been lately. I referenced it on my blog, which I hope is okay. Happy New Year to all of you. And thank you again for the nourishment of our hearts as well as our bodies through your work here.

  9. Some of you have asked about saving the poem - I did try to find the author but was unable to contact her for permission. I hope the fact that it was published (I seem to think it was in a "Decision" magazine) means that I was free to clip it and use it.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this poem by Joan Rae Mills! Very meaningful! What a wonderful post again!

  11. Hi Bev, when i came here today I sat and pondered along with you, Janet and your dear dad. I can imagine the thoughts that went through each of your minds...and the poem you posted today is beautiful. How wonderful to know that God has gone before us. Kathy (MGCC)

  12. What a beautiful poem! I always read your posts, but have never commented till now. Sorry for that. I thoroughly enjoy the recipes and reading you, so thank you for sharing! Happy New Year!

  13. Oh, love the poem. Have a blessed New Year!

  14. Beautiful! And so is this site. The recipes I have tried have all been delicious. Yes, Mennonite Girls CAN cook!

    God bless your 2010.

    Sonya, Australia


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