Welcome 2019 – So Glad You Are Here:)

I am a morning person.  Through and through, the lover of a brand new day.  It is also no secret I love Mondays!  Love them.  I also love the beginning of a new month and, well, the beginning of a new year is just the best of new beginnings.  I am in my happy place on this exciting day!  Happy New Year – the possibilities are endless.

No doubt, many started this Tuesday – this first day of 2019 – with heavy hearts.  With more concerns and burdens than with thoughts of anticipation.  Some are facing real trials and the days or weeks ahead seem never-ending.  I don’t make light of any of that; however, I do know that if your new year feels like a fresh, new beginning or if you feel something completely opposite, as a Christian we can start this year with hope.  Not worry.  Not anxiety, dread, discouragement or even despair.  But our hearts can have hope that comes with the confidence that we will not walk through 2019 alone.  Our savior not only is a friend, but He is also our counselor, encourager, our guide, and our shepherd.  I pray that truth gives you a fresh expectancy on this first day of 2019!!  I pray it gives you peace…but, as well, stirs your heart and mind with excitement for all He can, and will, do in the year ahead.  Once again – Happy New Year!!

As promised, just for fun,  I wanted to share a quick recipe.  Maybe something new to try in this new year.  It is for Pineapple Casserole.  It is similar to a bread pudding but more of a side dish than a dessert.  You decide:)  It is easy and very tasty  – and was shared with me by a very special friend.  Thank you, Bonnie!


Baked Pineapple Casserole
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, with juice
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
1 cup white toast, cubed
Mix pineapple, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and flour together.  Saute toast cubes in melted butter until golden brown.  Add toast cubes to the mixture.  Mix and place in greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
And, just for a little more fun….let me share this YouTube video.  It is from three years ago (so, nothing new) and is one last listen of Christmas cheer but it is a delight and took place at Union Station downtown.  I live in the suburbs of our nation’s capital and, apparently, these fun things happen often “in my backyard” but, trust me, I never see them.  Clearly, I need to get out more!  Here’s hoping something – just for fun – happens in your backyard soon:)
One more time – Happy New Year!!!


One thought on “Welcome 2019 – So Glad You Are Here:)

  1. Beautifully said, Jennifer … that we can enter this year with real concerns and burdens … and yet there can still be joy and hope intermingled.

    Bless you.

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