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Bread for the Journey

Out with the old, in with the new.
The end of 2012 is quickly approaching. We will be thinking of all the things we had hoped to accomplish this year. We may not have reached all our goals but we are ready to set new ones.
This is the time I like to clean out my kitchen pantry, closets, and office space. I love the look of everything neat and tidy and in it's place, a fresh start for the new year.
It got me thinking that although it is good to do that, it is not the most important, it is more important to make sure our hearts are clean and ready to face the new year. Things like letting go of  past hurts, disappointments, and bitterness. And rather filling our hearts anew with love, hope, joy, and forgiveness that only God can give. A time to work through and restore relationships.
What a wonderful way to start a new year.

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me."  Psalm 51: 10 NIV

Wishing you all God's blessings for 2013


  1. What a beautiful thought. A happy new year to all of you Mennonite Girls. Thank you for your beautiful blog, your recipes, your inspirations and letting your light shine in this dark world.

  2. A wonderful reminder. Amen. Amen.
    Thank you to all the girls for a wonderful year. e

  3. Great thoughts...out with with positive :)

  4. Thanks Betty for this encouragement. My mom always had a tradition to deliberately not clean ALL the dirt out of the house before New Year's Eve. She said it was good luck to carry over just a bit of dust and dirt into the New Year. We sometimes put a large log on the fire to carry us over from the old to the new year as well. I agree too that it's more important to make sure our hearts are clean and ready to face the new year!

  5. Thank you for this blog! Some of the best recipes I've found and never a disappointment.

  6. Thank you for this Betty. I appreciate your wisdom and the life experience that you share with gentleness but honesty!


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