Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Snowy New Year's Eve...

A day that was only supposed to be mildy wintry has  turned into a blustery, snowy day.  The snow hasn't let up all day and so our plans to go to town to get groceries and see a movie have been put aside for another day.  Instead, we'll be curled up on the couch together watching a movie and  snarfing down a homemade pizza.  Youngest son joins us.  It'll be good.

 Wishing you a gentle New Year's Eve....

...and may 2014 be lived to the hilt!

Lord, Make Me A Regular Man 

By Edgar Guest
This I would like to be- braver and bolder,
Just a bit wiser because I am older,
Just a bit kinder to those I may meet,
Just a bit manlier taking defeat;
This for the New Year my wish and my plea-
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be- just a bit finer,
More of a smiler and less of a whiner,
Just a bit quicker to stretch out my hand
Helping another who's struggling to stand,
This is my prayer for the New Year to be,
Lord, make a regular man out of me. 

This I would like to be- just a bit fairer,
Just a bit better, and just a bit squarer,
Not quite so ready to censure and blame,
Quicker to help every man in the game,
Not quite so eager men's failings to see,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be- just a bit truer,
Less of the wisher and more of the doer,
Broader and bigger, more willing to give,
Living and helping my neighbor to live!
This for the New Year my prayer and my plea-
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

I wrote this down in my journal today after reading from My Utmost for His Highest:
"And every virtue I possess is His alone."  


  1. Even in a storm, your home is lovely. I love Edgar A. Guest. He wrote poetry that was understandable and I can empathize with him. He was a plain talker but he made perfect sense. Have a Happy New Year.

  2. Jody, love the poem and so very true. Our snow has come and melted but more is expected. I'm having a gentle New Year, up late for me and getting ready to go to bed with my book.
    May the worst of 2014 be from the best of 2013.

  3. Happy New Year to you. Stay warm. I loved your quote by Edgar Guest. What a wonderful way to want to live well also your Oswald Chambers quote. It is a quiet evening for us as the kids that live here went to spend New Year with their sister. A first since before babies were born. I am thankful for this start to a New Year.
    Blessings to you, and Happy New Year

  4. Sounds like a lovely New Year's Eve you have planned. There's no place like home... :)

  5. Thank you for a wonderful poem with which to see in the new year - a prayer instead of a resolution :-)
    Happy New Year, dear friend!

  6. Happy New Year to you, dear Jody! Enjoy your time with your son! xxx

  7. Blustery and snowy. Stay warm, friend!
    I hope you can get that grocery shopping done today.

  8. Thanks for the beautiful poem Jody. I love the snow -- especially with the sheep! I hope you've had a wonderful holiday and that 2014 will be very good to you!

  9. Happy New Year. I love your snowy new year xox Clarice

  10. Happy New Year, Jody! Hope 2014 is full of wonderful things for you and yours. What movie were you going to see?


    1. Probably would have seen Saving Mr. Banks. Love Emma Thompson.

    2. Instead we watched The King's Speech on Neflix. I really liked it.

  11. Love the quote from Guest. I'm going to have to copy that and share it. Brrr...Those sheep look cold. Love the shot you got of the snow falling...

  12. Happy New Year, Jody! I'm glad you stayed home and are warm. Mr. Banks will have to wait until another day :) We haven't seen it yet either, and we don't have good excuses like you do!

  13. I love the poem. The first poem is wonderful. Hopefully it is going to get warmer soon.

  14. Happy New Year to you! Guest is one of my favorite poets.

  15. Wishing you many new blessings in 2014 Jody. It looks really cold in your neck of the woods, but the snow is beautiful! We've had no snow so far, just rain and more rain:(
    Lovely inspirational poem, Thank you.


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