Thursday, January 1, 2015

Promises, Peace and Hope














Storm clouds can be both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. I don't understand the details of what I see, nor do I know how and when each of these ever-changing clouds will cease to be. 

These summer storm clouds whisper to me of our family's walk through 2014. There have been many, many good things to be grateful for, however my husband has had major health struggles through this year, a culmination of 24 years of eczema, cortisone over use and withdrawal. He has been unable to drive since February, unable to work since early April and unable to read properly for the last eight months. We've walked through each storm as it has come along, often feeling rather battered, thinking it will be the last - then another hits, and another, and another.....




But I'm choosing to be grateful for the rain and growth which results from the storms and for friends who have prayed and that I know we never walk alone.




I'll keep watch for the promises, peace and hope which 2015 will surely bring - while remembering that each day truly is a precious gift and a new beginning. Wishing you all a bright and hope-filled New Year!


Sharing at SkyWatch Friday.



36 comments:

diane b said...

I hope the new year brings you much joy watching your children grow and hopefully your husband's health improves. I too have a husband with many health issues which he was able to cope with until we returned from USA and now he is battling.

Catherine said...

May 2015 bring good health for your husband Karen I am sorry that this year has been stormy at times for you. I admire your outlook and how you have written this post. I will remember these words and take them with me into 2015. Take care.

Rosemary said...

I was sorry to learn about the difficult health problems your dear husband has encountered through the year.
I hope that the storm clouds now pass over him and that a period of calm and better health ensues during 2015.

Susan said...

I hope 2015 brings peace and good health to your family. The photos are beautiful.

Patchwork and Play said...

You are an inspiration Karen! Wishing you peace, happiness and good health in 2015! And for your husband too!

Satu Kukkaiselämää said...

I'm so sorry for your husband's health problems. I wish you a healthy and happy new year 2015.

s.c said...

Beautiful skies and after the storm you get always calmer weather. I wishes the best for you, your husband and all your children.

Erin said...

Oh Karen, what a year you have indeed traveled. Blessings my friend{{}} and praying hope is precisely what happens in 2015{{{}}}xxxxx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Whatever the storms are that batter our lives, we know that God is always with us. He uses everything in our lives to draw us closer to Him.

I pray that 2015 will be a year of joy, peace, strength, love and healing for you and your family.

Those are beautiful photos!

FlowerLady

Betty Manousos said...

Happy New Year! xoxo

HappinessSavouredHot said...

That's what this year is full of: promise. I like the title of your post. Happy New Year! :-)

DeborahGun said...

Just prayed for strength and for peace for your family xx

Sujata Shah said...

I hope the New Year brings showers of peace, health and calm for you family.
xo

Joy said...

Wishing both of you all the best this year. Good to know that there is still beauty in the storm. Happy New Year!

Filip Demuinck said...

These are goo intensions in the title. Happy New Year.

Greetings,
Filip

geanina said...

Happy new year!
Gorgeous images! ;)

Rachaeldaisy said...

You are so right that each day truly is a precious gift. Wishing you, your husband and your family all the very best for 2015.

Olivier Bailleux said...

Bonne année :-).

Sylvia K said...

Holding good thoughts for you and your family for the year! Each day is indeed precious! Your skies are awesomely beautiful and you've captured the beauty!!

Sylvia

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful shots. I know that storm clouds are are scary especially when they are to the west, here in Oklahoma.

I hope that your husbands gets healing.

Rosemary said...

It's always about finding the gift hidden in each ordinary day. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Wishing you a break in the clouds for 2015!

Jim said...

Great sky.

Valerie said...

Spectacular shots Karen - thank you for sharing. Praying for your husband's healing and strength, courage and trust in the meantime. It is through fierce storms that trees bend and demonstrate their resilience (perhaps excepting hurricanes and tornadoes!). Hang in there!

Mama Bear said...

Sounds like you have had a tough year too. Your post is beautiful. Feeling for you with so many challenges. Praying strength and peace for 2015. xx Lots of love xx

eileeninmd said...

Wow, these are gorgeous captures of the storm clouds.. Beautiful photos and post. I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year!

Dirk Rosin said...

nydelige bilder Karen, godt nytt år !

peppylady (Dora) said...

Wow all those leaves on plants. Our trees are bare and I don't see any electrical storm for a good six months.
Right now there a good ground covering of snow here in North Idaho.

Coffee is on

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A wonderful and moving post of hope and gratitude to kick off 2015!

Mary said...

Your pictures and words are beautiful, as always. Wishing you and your family a beautiful year. And special thoughts for your husbands health...

Ruby said...

Happy new year Karen!!

Erica Sta said...

Dear Karen, I would like to wish you and your familiy a Happy New Year 2015. Hope it brings health and a lot of good things .....
Chefs, Heidrun from Augsburg

tinajo said...

I hope your hubby will get better, I for sure can understand hard times as you know. Hugs!

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Anne said...

Wishing you a much better year. Fantastic photos as usual and so well tied to your post.

Deanna said...

I am so sorry to read of your husband's health issues. It is so difficult seeing your loved one suffer. My prayers are with you and your family on a blessed New Years. And PS those storm cloud captures are magnificent!!

Karen Hayward-King said...

WOW...those clouds are spectacular!!! Here's hoping your husband's walk through 2015 will be one to better health. Happy New Year...

Jeanne said...

Doesn't God create some amazing palettes???

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