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The Dawning of a New Year

So long 2017, Hello 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, I am thankful and look forward to welcoming the new year in 2018. 2017 was a very difficult year for me and my family. But, it was also a year where I saw God do a miraculous work of healing and forgiveness, faith and restoration in our lives that only comes in knowing Him and having a personal relationship with His son, Jesus, the King of Kings born to the world so that all would come, seeking Him.

As we enter into this new year I choose not to dwell on those things that tested my faith and weakened my resolve when I went through those times in 2017, but instead the moment I have now.

I am learning what it means to have an ‘unshakable trust’ in God where we come to a place of complete surrender, relying on Him in every situation we find ourselves in. When I relinquish all my worries and fears over to Him my burdens are lifted. Giving Him all that we have no control over, or answers for frees us from the worry and stress, or searching for ways to deal with whatever we face in life. It is about letting go of our hang-ups, our problems so that He can do His work in our lives. I choose to not dwell on the past, upon mistakes made or regrets for things that did not work according to my plan. But, instead live for this moment now, with Him. I am not concerned about pushing my agenda or making ‘new year’s resolutions’ or lists for tentative plans for my future as I might fail, and things work out differently. With God I know all things work according to His plan and His will when I just trust him with that kind of unshakable trust. In Jeremiah 29:11, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

I want to personally thank all the readers, bloggers and followers who have visited my blog site this year and I hope something you have read or seen here has inspired you, blessed you or entertained you. It has been a pleasure and joy interacting via WordPress with you all.

Happy New Year to all.


Joyce E. Johnson (2017)

Posted December 31, 2017 by Joyce in Chrisitanity, Faith, My Writings

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I’ll not let time pass…

I see the sun rise

and I am hopeful, inspired;

life and energy flows through my soul,

my spirit is renewed and there is rest.

With these thoughts in words I must write,

and set my sights

 on an opportune chance

for fear it is gone, or recovered no more.

I’ll not let the sun set into the night

on a weary mind and idle hands,

for if time passes too quickly I pray

the moment is gone forever this day.


Joyce E. Johnson (2017)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Old Testament Bible, NIV


I want to wish everyone a very happy, blessed new year. I hope the new year is good to you, that the sun will shine on all you do, that you prosper in health, and whatever plans, goals or resolutions you make will bring you success, peace of mind and happiness. JEJ

Posted January 1, 2017 by Joyce in Faith, Inspirational Poems, My Writings, Poems, poetry

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Change can be a good thing

Once again the old year ends,  and a new one begins. My blessings are many; my regrets in life too. But, none are greater than the ones when I spend too much time doing ‘my thing,’ sometimes cutting myself off at times when I could be spending more time with those I love; times when I was so obsessed or possessed with/by my writing that I could not get up and just walk away from my computer long enough to do something else.  A friend recently told me that when she read posts on my blog she did not get a true sense of the person I am, the one she has come to know because of the time we’ve spent together, and feels she has come to know the ‘real’ me, the one who opens up and shares things not shared on the blog, Facebook or Twitter. I was surprised at that and hoped I had not been that vague in my writing.

In writing non-fiction I try to choose my thoughts and words carefully so as not to reveal too much about my private life.  In writing prose we convey our thoughts and perspective viewpoints. But, many times my own perspective or view on things in life is too private to share openly with a world of bloggers or readers who know me only through what I write, and even less through comments or replies posted. By nature I am a more introverted or private person. Maybe, that is why I love writing fiction, living for a time in another one’s world, fictional though it be. When I write fiction I enter the ‘Make believe’ world of my characters while temporarily stepping out of my own shoes. I have spent hours, even wakeful nights in bed and days thinking how, or what next to write in their story to bring my characters to ‘life’ so I can hook my readers. But, we live in a real world where there needs to be balance. Although I have a  passion for writing, it is not my whole life. My life at times gets off kilter and then I realize there is need for a change, even if it is a small one.

When I spend too much time at my computer more important things get pushed aside. Then I have regrets that I did not organize or use my time more productively. But, with every new day, every new year there is always room for change. I’m not making this a ‘New Years Resolution,’ because I so often fail at those before the end of the year. But, I do hope to make a more concerted effort to get up and walk away from the computer before I feel as if I cannot.



Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

Posted January 1, 2014 by Joyce in My Writings, Seasons

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