Thursday, December 29, 2011

Why I love January . . . a month of promise

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the month of January. Now, there is nothing wrong with the delightful month of December ... it is full of color, lights, trees, advent, beautiful church services, presents, baking, company, shopping, card writing and more.

What a wonderful thing it is to follow this beautiful month of December, with the much slower and quieter month of January. Life gets simpler. It is truly a gift.

Even my home reflects the feeling in my heart. After all the lovely clutter of the holiday, I am enjoying more space and order. A fresh placement of my furniture makes me happy, also.

After all the yummy snacks and food, my January refrigerator is stocked with a much lighter fare. 

January is a month to rest and reflect. I like to spend a quiet night, in front of our very fake apartment fireplace, (which we actually like and use a lot) and re-read all the Christmas cards we received and pray for each friend that sent them. (It is a great time to update your address book, too.)

Often my routines get set aside during Christmas and January is a great time to put them back in place. A more leisurely morning quiet time, exercise, that stack of books to read, and the friend I have been wanting to connect with.

And it is a new year, too. What a bonus. I love new things and fresh starts. Some of my favorite verses in the Bible are Lamentations 3:22 and 23.

The steadfast love of the Lord
never ceases, His mercies never
come to an end, they are new
every morning, great is Your 

New mercies ... every morning. We have so much to be grateful for.

Happy January, friends.

PS. Come back next week for my post 30 things to do in January.

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  1. Beautiful post - I like January and fresh starts, too. And what great verses from Lamentations - love these words.

  2. I, too, look forward to taking down the tree and putting the house back in order. Books are stacked to read by my cozy chair. January is my birthday month as well--a little celebration to anticipate.


  3. Now I understand you love January!

  4. I can't wait to see what your 30 things to do in January are!! My January usually consists of staying warm and getting my house back in order... Happy New Year Glenda.

  5. Great post with great reasons to love January!

  6. Love this perspective Glenda! January is historically a tough time for me, so this year I am going to take your ideas and change my January for the better! With Love, Shauna (ps. Are you still coming out to CO in Jan?)

  7. i always remember your house so wonderfully cleaned up and in order in January..such a breath of fresh air!~
    Can't wait to read the 30things to do in january post!
    Missing you!

  8. Beautiful post. I so appreciate that the Lord's mercies are new every morning and they never come to an end.

    What a wonderful promise. Happy New Year.

  9. Great insight on January. Right now, we're having a snow storm and expecting six inches total. The telephone has been down for a week, electricity was lost for 2 days this week...a fine time to hunker down on the farm.

  10. I love your post Glenda. January Is a calmer quieter month, a time of regrouping!

    Happy New Years to you and yours!

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  11. It's my parent's last
    night here, tonight.
    Tomorrow will be the
    real start of my New
    Year. I love all of your
    reflections; they are so
    true! Happy New Year.

    xx Suzanne


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