Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year Blessings & Butterflies

Mating butterflies: Copyright © by Phyllis Wheeler, 1/2014
 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Happy New Year, dear friends! May God bless you, keep you, prosper you, heal you and increase your love, joy and peace throughout this New Year and always!
Hidden Blue Butterfly: Copyright © by Phyllis Wheeler, 1/2014
Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly we become a new creature when born again in Christ. If you're not quite the creature God intends for you to be yet (and as long as we're breathing, none of us are), every day, not just New Year's day, is a new chance to start again. Really, every moment brings the opportunity to do better and live more fully! As long as we're alive we can make choices about how we spend our time and other resources.
Upside down butterfly: Copyright © by Phyllis Wheeler, 1/2014
My husband and I took these butterfly pictures at the live butterfly exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (you can see in the captions which one of us took which photo). It was a really fun time and at least three butterflies landed on me (please let me know if you'd like to see those pictures too and I'll do another post if there's enough interest).
Butterfly on green spike: Copyright © by Ben Wheeler, 1/2014
Butterflies remind me that amazing change is possible. No matter what our situation is, we can change it for the better and, even in those few situations where we are powerless, our God is greater than anything we can imagine. We can faithfully turn those situations over to Him and wait on His leading. We can always pray. And there's almost always someone else we can help and helping others can work a beautiful change in our hearts. 
Butterfly in leaves: Copyright © by Phyllis Wheeler, 1/2014
May God's peace dwell in your hearts! If you make New Year's resolutions, goals and action plans, may you have the strength, perseverence and resources to bring them to fruition!

I'd love to hear your plans for the New Year if you want to share. May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts: 
2013 New Year blessing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-new-year-haiku-and-blessing.html
Butterfly Art by Denise A: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/butterfly-art-by-denise-arvaneh.html
Butterflies and dragonfly: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/dragonfly-and-butterflies-on-flowers-at.html
Butterfly, bee and flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-butterfly-bee-and-bunch-of-beautiful.html

4 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too!

    This year I'm planning to continue my book blog, writing and hopefully finish revising to pursue publishing. I'm also taking small steps to become healthier by adding more fruits/veggies to my diet and crossing out some soda/sugar. I figure easing myself into a healthier lifestyle will be the key for maintaining. So little steps are in order.

    May the new year be filled with wonder, love and peace for as well. ((hugs))

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    1. Excellent! Thank you for sharing, Kay! You might like to check out zenhabits.net. Leo's the king of small step progress.

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  2. I'll post my goals and what I think about goals in general on my blog within an hour.
    Thank you for your wishes. Your posts are always inspiring! Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Excellent! Thank you for sharing, Michal! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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