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A Blessing for the New Year

Dear Friends…

There is nothing like sick to increase ones gratitude for good health and to remind us what truly matters in this world frantic for success. My hubby and I have been bedroom-bound for 3 weeks with the flu, which then went into secondary infections. We felt so bad we didn’t mind canceling all our holiday plans, but now we are beginning to recover and we want to be up and well. I mean how many episodes of Matlock can one endure. And we love Matlock, but 3 weeks of him? C’mon, really. And if I have to watch one more lion devour a Bambi I’ll cry. National Geographic is a little too graphic for me.

So all that to say, Happy New Year. 🎈

You see, things don’t have to be the way we’d like them to enter into the first page of 2018 with a strong heart. It’s positioning the mind that helps us see over the mountain of difficulty to the scrumptious sunrise. Tomorrow doesn’t promise us joy but Jesus does. I find joy begins to rise up in me as my gratitude flourishes. So instead of my traditional list of what I want for me throughout the year, I’m going to nourish my heart with reminders of Jesus’ promises and thank Him. I’d like to express my gratitude to the Lord not only verbally, but by asking Him how to richly love on His people in word and deed.

A New Year Blessing
May the year ahead find you flourishing because you are growing in your expressions of love. May your mind be stirred by God’s counsel and your will be quickened. May you sing your new song in such a manner that others find hope in your continued transformation. May the peace in your pace be palpable that others might join you in the still waters of His grace. May your words be measured and kind. And may you find fresh reserves in Christ’s presence.

God bless you and keep you . . .

Love, Patsy

145 Comments

  1. Kathy Dobrzynski on December 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve been sick. Seems like everyone is feeling yucky. I pray you have a wonderful New Year and Thank you for your posts. So uplifting to me. Love you.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Happy New Year to you as well!

    • Anastasia Nelson on December 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Happy New Year!!! What a wonderful prayer of New Years blessings!!! Praying for you and Les as you continue to heal and recover…Blessings and love to you Patsy!!! ❤️Anastasia

    • Cherelyn Whitney on December 31, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Dear Patsy Clairmont,

      Oh how sad that you have both been so sick, but oh how what wonderful news that you are recovering!
      Happy New Year! God is so good!

      In Christ,
      Cherelyn Whitney

      PS. I enjoyed your recent simul- broadcast! It was a trip! 🙂

    • Julie on December 31, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Your words are exactly what I needed to read today! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! Praying you continue to recover, may God bless you in the New Year!

    • Dana Snell on January 1, 2018 at 9:25 am

      Sweet Patsy❣️ To wake on day one of this new year and read your heart is a great start to the new year. I am sorry and pray God’s total healing for you and your Hubby. Thank you for sharing your heart and loving us all. To God be the glory, great things He has done…..and will do in this new year❤️

    • Deb Williamson on January 1, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you, Patsy, for your obedience & lifting up The One who is worth, Jesus Christ!! I thank Him for the healing you & your hubby has received in Jesus name!!

    • DeeDee Tibbits on January 3, 2018 at 8:03 am

      Patsy… Russ and DeeDee Tibbits here👫 Praying Gods healing on you BOTH!
      Have been trying to contact you….. Miss you guys in our lives😍

  2. Angie Easterly on December 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Amen and thank you sweet friend❤ Happy New Year to you and yours!!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Marsha White on December 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Amen amen❣️ Blessings and love for a happy prosperous New Year to you as well🎉🎉 you are such a blessing and encouragement to me🙏

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Madeleine Leonard on December 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Patsy!
    And may the very blessings out of your mouth be returned to you & yours doubled!
    Here’s to a new year that out Good Lord has made!
    Blessings,
    Madeleine

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Blessings to you as well!

      • Jennifer Heberg on December 31, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        Happy New Year

  5. Diann Milstead on December 31, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Patsy for your thoughts which always turn me to God. My goal going forward this year is to become so close to God that I hear His voice and can recognize it because I know my Shepherds voice!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Happy New Year!

  6. Mary Ellen on December 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Beautiful and timely!!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you!

    • Beverly Hawes on December 31, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Patsy, may you and hubby soon be up and feeling well again. I thank you for your New Year’s Blessing! It is beautiful and so on point to where I am going with the Lord this next year! I pray He will guide your year in His wonderful blessings as well! 2017 was an awesome year in my life with the Lord and as it ends, I am so praising Him for All He has done this year in my life!I am excited for where He is leading me in 2018. May your year be just as exciting!

      Bev Hawes

  7. Janice Dunstan on December 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Thankyou. This year I’m going to try and praise Jesus through every anxiety moment. Trust me that is a lot. I will sing , I will pray .hoping this year is the year if release for me.believing God can and wants me to be healed from this bondage.15 years is too long . A new attitude towards it is my daily goal

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Will pray for you today.

    • Lillace on January 1, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Praying for you, Janice!

  8. Terry Cartwright on December 31, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Your message pretty much sums up, exactly what I just wrote in my new journal for 2018.

    May God bless you and your husband…

    Love, Terry
    from Hillsboro, MO

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Great minds…

      🙂

  9. Donna Easter on December 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    God Bless you Patsy and your Hubby
    My Blessings on this New Year. May it be Happy , Healthy and Prosperous. May it be filled with much love !

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      To you as well!

  10. Monica Hill on December 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    God bless you, too, Patsy! Thank you for the continued encouragement!

    • Laurine Taynor on January 1, 2018 at 5:35 am

      This blessing is rich and fills me with hope. I have not been stirred in my spirit like this blessing has stirred me. I will ask God to give me His love to minister this year. Keep reaching out. I pray for your strength and health.

  11. Wanda on December 31, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Thank You! Blessings for you and husband in 2018

  12. Wanda on December 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Blessings for you in 2018

  13. Lynne Hardy on December 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Thanksfor that. Continue to improve!
    Hubby spent Christmas in Hospital, home on IV’s 4x day and a wound vac on his foot. I’m responsible for the IV’s and everything else. Trying to practice not getting overwhelmed with anticipation over all that needs to be done, transportation, chores, extra waiting-on, etc. Remembering to take care of myself and having a non-negotiable prayer times and non-negotiable Friday afternoon to babysit the 2-year-old girl who brings me so much joy. Thanks for your encouragement. i don’t want to be that crabby old-lady.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s troubles. Will be praying for strength for you and healing for him.

      • lynnehardy on January 1, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Thanks — – We do what is necessary and look to heaven and God’s people for encouragement… we’re all going to make it home one day!

  14. Lynda Gibson on December 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful blessing for the new year. So sorry you both have been sick. My husband and I have been sick, off and on, practically the whole month of December. Me with head and chest cold, twice!, and my husband with some kind of tick fever! They really haven’t figured out what exactly it was. We are both better now. I am praying for you and your husband for healing. I really love your writings. God Bless you both! Happy New Year!!!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Glad you both are on the mend!

  15. Debbie on December 31, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for your words and inspiration! God’s blessings are too many to be named for me!

    I wish you good health, joy and abundant blessings in 2018!

  16. Kim Kennedy on December 31, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, Patsy. So glad you are beginning to feel better. Happy New Year🎆

  17. Cathy Fontenot on December 31, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, Patsy! Your blessing for the new year is so encouraging. ❤️

    May you and your dear husband fully recover and enjoy renewed health and vigor throughout the year 2018!

    (I had the flu for three weeks years ago. My husband and two young daughters had it with me. Funny how families like to share these types of things, isn’t it?)

    The Lord bless you and keep you, dear one!

  18. Melissa Henderson on December 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Oh, Patsy…so sorry that you and your hubby have been sick. My hubby is recovering from flu and bronchitis. Our Christmas plans had to be put on hold, too. Finally celebrated with son, daughter-in-love and first grand baby. I pray you both feel all better asap. Happy New Year!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Delayed celebrations can be just as sweet. Blessings.

  19. Ann M Johnston on December 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Awwww, such timely and wise words. I’m so sorry to hear you guys have been sick, so I’m praying for healing soon. But thank you for having the strength to write these words! What a blessing they will to be so many, myself included.

    Blessings to you,
    Ann J.

  20. Lorraine Archer on December 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks Patsy. Since I saw you in Fort Collins a few months back I have read a few of your books and am starting on a new one ask begin the new year. Thanks for your story and your witness to our Savior. Your words are such an encouragement.
    God speak and Happy New year!
    Lorraine Archer

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for your kind words.

  21. Pat Sabiston on December 31, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Patsy, 2017 has been the most traumatic of my life: murder of a close friend, suicide of another, deaths of close family members, sudden loss of a puppy too young to die, and health problems that took a toll on us financially. God had given me a Word in 2017: TRUST. After each occurrence, when I felt I couldn’t go on, He reached down, picked me up, and walked beside me through the emotional struggle and I realized He was the only person I could fully trust! (Like you, depression is also an issue.) Whereas there were spurts of happiness, at the end of it all — today — I felt real joy in my heart knowing that He knew, and felt, exactly what I was going through. I’ve clipped out part of this message and it has gone in my journal for the New Year. Bless you and HEAL!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Oh Pat! I am so sorry to hear about all of your losses and pain and thank you for sharing your story of TRUST!

    • lynnehardy on January 1, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Have to tell you that is what I’m hearing too. One particularly harried day I was passed by on the highway by a white tractor trailer with the logo “TRUST GOD” on the door of the cab. Looked it up – company does indeed exist in CA…but what are the odds it would pass me a that moment on Rt. 195 near the Cape in MA? Received a little block with Proverbs 3:5 as a gift at Christmas too…let’s keep encouraging and being an encouragement in the midst of our sorrows.

  22. Simcha Fillenworth on December 31, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I see what you have written more as a prayer. May each and everyone of us learn to love as God does. May we not be afraid to give ourselves totally to Him – to follow Hiim – and to love others as He loves us.

  23. Jennifer Medina on December 31, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Love this so much. Thank you, Pasty. I’m so glad you and your husband are feeling better.

  24. Marilyn Lisenbee on December 31, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    So sorry to hear that you have been sick but good to hear also that maybe you are on the way to wellness.

    I enjoyed the post so much especially the part about Joy and am sharing it with a friend.

    I choose a word every year to concentrate on (thanks to Sisters in Faith) as they conferences always gave me a word to focus on. This year, my word is HOPE and I will start tomorrow on the first study on Hope – a 70 day devotional with a focus on prayer. If anything can give us HOPE, it is prayer.

    God Bless you in 2018.

  25. Marilyn Morris on December 31, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Patsy, as you have been used by God so many times to bring healing and wholeness too many of us, we pray that healing over you now and over your husband. Blessings for the year to come.

  26. Janet on December 31, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for this it just when I needed it. You are truly a blessing. Hope your both well soon. Xx

  27. Kathy Johnson on December 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Hi, Patsy, I can relate to being ill over the holidays. My hubby and I were sick in bed with the flu on a Christmas weekend.
    We had to call family to get some of the breakfast goodies we were going to serve on Christmas morning.
    So, we had to rest also!
    Happy Nee Year to you and glad you both are better!

    • Lori Frey on December 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you, Patsy for the beautiful prayer and blessing! May you and your husband experience good health in the new year! I pray that my menopause will come to an end and all the ugly symptoms that accompany it! God bless you dear sweet Woman of God!
      Lori

  28. Debbie J Krugman on December 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Dear Patsy, so glad you and your husband are in the mend. Praise God for each new day! Each new morning! Thankful for His promises. I am recovering too, from pneumonia and a sinus infection. Blessings to and continued healing by our Saviour Jesus, The Healer.

  29. Gina Deaton on December 31, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    So sorry that you and your husband have been sick. I’ve been sick since Christmas night but am on the mend! PTL! May God bless you and yours with good health for the new year. Thank you for all you do. You are such a blessing. Happy and blessed new year.

  30. Tonya on December 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I am so sorry for the sickness and pray for continued healing in Jesus’ name! My word for 2018 is FLOURISH so this speaks volumes to my heart! Thank you!! What a blessing you’ve been in my life for so many years. ❤️ Joy…gratitude…strong heart. These are all things God is teaching me after a tough 2017. God is so faithful! Blessings to you and your husband!!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      I love the word FLOURISH!

  31. Amyfaith Martin on December 31, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Hello Patsy- Praying that you and your hubby bounce back to good health very fast. Prayin’ you up a most wonder-filled 2018. oxo amyfaith

  32. Barbara Vaughn on December 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Being sick is never fun. I’m sorry for that. I’ll use the authority I’ve been given and I speak healing and health to you both in Jesus name

  33. Peggy "Just Peachy" Fewlass on December 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I so love you my dear sweet mentor and friend, Patsy! Even though you don’t know me…I still consider you my friend…Thank you for this, for your life and example to me through the years and for the beautiful gift of making words paint beautiful pictures.

    Bless you real good in 2018!
    Peggy Fewlass

  34. Georgia Perrong on December 31, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Oh honey, praying for you & your husband & knowing that The Lord has GREAT thinks planned for us in 2018!
    Love you girl!
    Georgia form NJ
    (Where it is FREEZING)

    • Nan Nelson on December 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Sweet sister in Christ, praying for good health and less tv repeats this new season. You are one of my constant joys and I love your real ness and transparency. It’s hard to come by. May you find encouragement and strength in the blessing you poured over us, and may your walk with Jesus be FULL and satisfying in this new year. You bring hearts of doldrums to joy by being you. Love you, dear one.

  35. Cindy Morrison on December 31, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Happy New Year to you also.
    You will be one of my first ‘grateful ‘ on Mark Lowrys daily grateful journey for the new year!

    Today I’m grateful for HEAT. It’s -17 degrees in Omaha and it’s not FUN!
    Blessings to you! Get well soon!
    Cindy Morrison.

  36. Margaret on December 31, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    God bless as His healing hand is on you and your husband.
    Thanks for the reminder of thankfulness to God as we begin a New Year. He is to be praised each new day☺🙏🙏🙏

  37. Pat Russell on December 31, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Patsy,

    I remember Women of Faith so fondly. You’ve inspired many, many people with your life story and how you always end up honoring our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you for sharing your life with us. Maybe, someday, we’ll meet in heaven. An admirer, Pat

  38. Marie Foltz on December 31, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Glad to hear you and Les are on the mend. Wishes for a happy, healthy, blessed new year.

  39. Barbara Mitchell on December 31, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Patsy,

    I’m so sorry that you’ve been under the weather, and not feeling up to par. Hope you both will recover soon.
    Sending love and hugs to you dear one!

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you!

  40. Sandy G. on December 31, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing. So happy to hear your household is on the mend. Your words have hit home and are an encouragement to my heart and a great reminder to be joyful in affliction. I agree about National Geo and Matlock! I am almost to my limit of Hallmark (although I do enjoy a sappy love story). Here’s prayers for a year of health and renewal if mind and spirit in Him.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Always need a little love.

  41. Roshanda on December 31, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Happy New Year. Praying for a speedy recovery.

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks!

  42. Bev Schlager on December 31, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Desr Patsy,
    I can always count on you to get me giggling 😂. I so love your perspective on life and prsy that I can see the brighter side in all situations 😘. Thank you! My prayers for you snd yours continued recovery. Happy New Year!🙌🏻

    • Patsy Clairmont on December 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you! <3

  43. Enid Carroll on December 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Patsy. Have a blessed New Year. Iove you!

  44. Mary Joyce Gilford on December 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Such thoughtful and kind words Pasty!
    Praying continued blessings, peace, and divine healing grace to each of you during this Joyous Holy Season!

  45. Suzie O on December 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Praying for health to follow you through 2018 and that you and your hubby can find time to watch Matlock at your own leisure. While being sick is no fun, it sounds like you made memories that you wouldn’t have been able to had you not gotten the flu. 🙂 Thank you for your timely email and the reminder that Jesus promises us joy. Seeking after Him is a sure way for our days to be bright. Even in the dim days. I am thankful for your sweet spirit and your amazing love of Jesus and your gift to write and share His love.
    Happy New Year!

  46. Patsy Duffey on December 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    May you both have healing for the new year and be filled with blessings all year ! Love you sweet lady !

  47. Eve Williamson on December 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Patsy,
    Thank you so much for this inspiration! You’ve taught us well that regardless of our circumstances, losses or problems in this life that there’s always a reason to rejoice and trust the Lord. Although I’m sorry you and your husband have been ill, I’m thankful that you’re still in a thankful mode. May the Lord bless you abundantly with His extraordinary blessings and give you the grace and strength you’ll never for 2018.
    We love your letters and ministry.

  48. Diana on December 31, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Like everyone else this has been a rough year and im looking forward to a fresh start. One night I was lucky to find the movie war room on tv. Boy was God speaking to me. Amen!!
    Hope you and your husband are feeling much better. Have a blessed and abundant new year! God bless and looking forward to more wonderful wisdom and insights from you. 😊

  49. Vickie Baker on December 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    So sorry you and your husband got so sick–the flu is yucky. Thank you so much for your prayer of blessing. My son passed away 2 years ago ( and Zach’s birthday is Dec. 11) so the Christmas time of year seems so difficult, at times, however it has always been my favorite because it is a reminder of the joy of our Savior being given as a gift from our Father. So, I have decided I must look for the joy in life…and Christmas brings such joy. Thank you for this message of joy and laughter. Happy New Year to you Patsy, and your whole family!😊💜

  50. Karen on December 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I am sad to hear that you and your wonderful Husband were ill – but thank God – as we look to a new day and a new year in the mornig – we get that big do-over. Every year we get to take inventory of where we are and where we were supposed to be – iin Jesus. I look forward to this- it’s good to change by seeing where the pitfalls were.
    I so hope some time in the future that I will be able to see you again – to listen to the wealth of wisdom that I have seen twice in that small package you were designed in. You are an amazing woman and I have often quoted your lines from the dryer – life is only a setting – oh my – now I have messed it up! I’m thinking my dryer says air fluff many days now. Have a wonderful new year and go new places- come see us in Ohio!!! < Karen M

  51. Sharon on December 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful blessing. My prayers for complete healing for you and your husband

  52. Sheri Matsumoto on December 31, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve been asking the Lord to give me His JOY again. Reading pages 165-172 helped a lot, as Kristen Wetherell wrote about 14 things to praise God for, based on Psalm 40. And, now, your blessing to all of us!
    It continues to be a tough slog through chronic pain and MS symptoms, along with Bipolar, type II. BUT my God is faithful, and I am leaning on Him for all my strength. For, after all, the JOY of the Lord is my strength – nothing else.
    Thank you, Patsy! May the Lord bring swift healing to you both as the New Year begins!

  53. Elizabeth Strahan on December 31, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Isn’t it just like Jesus to remind us that our health is the most important thing in life and not things or holidays. My husband and I had just the walking sinus cough for two or three weeks and moaned over that. How quickly we forget how fortunate we are to wake up and get going about our day. I’m praying for you and Les to regain your energy and strength. I know this takes time. Thanks for keeping us on track with The Lord all year and not letting us slip too far away from our path with Him.

  54. mbiggers on December 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I thot we were the only ones dealing with sick disappointments during the holidays. Even so, each morning I see a beautiful sky with a rising sun, humming birds mistaking my red pajamas for delicious nectar…and reading my B-I-B-L-E. Ahhh…i’ve Been lifted above the doom and gloom. Happy New Year! 🎈 Mary Jo

  55. Sandy Gery on December 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I feel that God gives us this unexpected time of rest to appreciate his true care and the miracles of love and celebration without commercialism. I proudly always remembered and shared my favorite Christmas ( 15 yrs old and my sister and I had chosen a favorite pearl ring- the same one) I was in the hospital for a week and my sister went Christmas shopping with dad, on that Christmas I got my ring and found out my sister chose a different ring as they only had the one pearl left, my sister is the greatest for so many reasons. Now I have a new favorite Christmas, a stroke at 60 on 12-12-2009 left me in hospital thru the holidays. On Christmas Eve my husband, his sister and her husband and a very special couple from church came and led us in Christmas carols and we also shared memories and laughter. On Christmas Day our nieces and nephews brought their food and shared it and time along with their children with my husband and I and our children and grandchildren. Such a blessed time in my life. Feel better soon and prayers for a better year going forward, you are a blessing.

  56. Dena Anderson on December 31, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Happy New Year Patsy and Les❤
    I havent been celebrating because I’ve been too depressed. 2017 has been a very difficult year.
    Glad you both are feeling better now.
    God bless you both.
    Hope 2018 will be better for a lot of folks.
    Love you both, Hugs Dena ❤

  57. Karen Curtis on December 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    So sorry you and your husband have been ill, but very glad you are on the mend. Prayers for a healthy and joy filled New Year!

  58. Dawn Hales on December 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    There is sooooo much ‘Crud’ going around this year, so sorry you are enduring it, too! I am very thankful for your ministry in my life and have been Blessed beyond measure, Patsy! Prayers for healing & Blessings from Ames, Iowa! Dawn Hales

  59. Jody Hayes on December 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Happy New Year, dear Patsy and to dear Les, too!!
    May 2018 be magical in its glimpses of unfolding excitement of the new and of the yet to be experienced fun, frivolity, and frolicking for you both! Love you both!!!!!!!!

  60. Marilyn May on December 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Happy New Year Patsy! So sorry you & hubby have been sick, what a month you’ve had! Praying for a full recovery for you both! Love you Patsy, God’s blessings in the new year!!!

  61. Meg Ryan on December 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Patsy,

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me!! I needed this insight right now as I’ve been dealing with anxiety and family emergencies lately and have been very tired. I pray that 2018 brings much health and happiness to you and Les!! You have inspired me in many ways, and I love your New Year Blessing. Thank you so much!! I am currently reading your book “You Are More Than You Know” and I just wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate your guidance and advice.
    Happy New Year and I wish only but the best for you, Les, and your family in 2018!!

  62. Jody (MrsW) on December 31, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Dear Miss Patsy,
    I thank God for you. You are so bright and cheerful, even through reruns, head colds, sniffles & ker- choo’s.
    Your post, emails, trinkets of wisdom and genuine love that flows through the pages of your books, have been manna from Heaven for me. You have fed me with the truth of God’s word in such numerous ways that it helped to heal more that it hurt, (You know the truth hurts sometimes). I still use one of your famous phrases, ” Normal is just a setting on your blow dryer”.
    I pray that this next New Year will bring you more joy, happiness, blessings, prosperity, good health and grate fortune. You dear Patsy, deserve ALL that life and the good Lord has to offer this next New Year. God bless you dear friend. Have an incredibly awesome 2018. ❤

  63. Carolyn Carney on December 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Happy New Year, front porch friend!

    I hope that you and your love are up and about soon.

    Thank you for your New Year blessing. Once again, you have ministered to me and spoke words of life and encouragement.

    You are deeply loved

  64. Joyce chaplin on December 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Patsy, sorry to hear you and Les have been ill., but glad you are on the mend. Rose and I spent the evening together at a dinner party and dominoes. Wish you could have joined us.

  65. Ruth on December 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hope you and your husband are on the mend soon.
    A dear friend shared your special words of inspiration with me. I need it more than ever now with the challenges I’m facing this new year.
    Blessings to you

  66. Rose on December 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Happy New Year to you and yours! May God continue to keep that fountain of creativity flowing . We will all benefit and profit from it. Hugs and kisses !!!

    • Marsha Montmeny on January 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

      Happy New Year to you and your family Life, in its fragilities , we call upon our precious Jesus . I am grateful for His Loving Protection . Listening to His Tender Voice , Trusting , we are sustained with His Strength . May you continue to feel the Embrace of our Saviour
      God Bless new beginnings . Shalom , Marsha

  67. Tonya on December 31, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks Patsy for the encouragement you are an inspiration to all of us. Put the past behind and look to our Father for a better brighter new year

  68. Jane on December 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    May God bless you and your family with a healthy and Happy New Year.
    Thank you for making this world a better place! Your willingness to share your faith with the world is an inspiration and a powerful witness. How lucky we are to have your example.

  69. Linda Solti on December 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Happy and Healthier New Year to you and yours!Thank you for blessing our lives with your encouraging words! I pray you will be doing that for many more years to come!

  70. Anne Kownacki on December 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for your beautiful prayer Patsy. My wonderful daughter age 50 died September 27 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. God gave us many blessings during the last few weeks of her life that we spent together. Please pray for the grief that her husband endures and that I also feel even though we know and are thankful that she is with Jesus and not suffering. I am drawing closer to the Lord all the time for strength and joy and am always thankful for his goodness and mercy to us all. May you enjoy a Healthy prosperous new year.

  71. Janet on December 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer 🙏🏻
    So glad you guys are feeling better too.
    Happy..Healthy…2018 !

  72. Joy on January 1, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Dear Patsy,
    Sorry you all have been sick, seem to be every other person I connect with has been or is getting sick with this flu. Happy you are in recovery mode. My cousin has the flu now on topof her shinkles. She’s has shinkles 5 weeks. Not sleeping and getting more discouraged by the week. She says ” He walks our paths with us. Today I wish that path were shorter”. Always a comfort to hear and talk with. She has b=n a comfort to me since my Momma passed. Sometimes praying s=ms so little to do when someone is hurting like this. But we continue to hold her up in our heart and prayers.
    May our Father bless and keep you safe and healthy this coming year. May you continue to bless us with your encourgement and laughter. It always wonderfully good to read your emails. Blessing to you. HUGS too
    Joy

  73. Rose on January 1, 2018 at 1:31 am

    What an uplifting Blessing. It came into my heart and lifted it in spirit. We, as Christians, should be speaking Blessings like this to each other daily. It is such an encouragement. So sorry that you had the flu. Good excuse to order in.😊

  74. Patti on January 1, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Sitting here coughing, fighting fever, looking at everyone’s wonderful Facebook post and how they are enjoying the new year. At last, someone I can relate to. Lol. Sorry. 😬 I have always been able to relate to you in so many ways – thank you so much for the honesty, humor and encouragement you bring. Prayers! ❤️

  75. Kimberly Elizabeth Park on January 1, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Thank you for the beautiful blessing and I am glad you and your Love are on the mend. I had the pleasure of seeing you in Lincoln, NE a few months ago. My son and his wife recently moved to Columbia, TN and I keep praying I run into you in one of those boutiques you mentioned. I don’t know personally but we are girlfriends none the less! God’s Blessings to you!

  76. Sharon Trusty on January 1, 2018 at 6:52 am

    A perfectly wonderful blessing, Patsy! I hope you and your husband continue to heal and begin this new year feeling fine. Thank you for the encouragement and love you share.

  77. Jen on January 1, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Happy New Year sweet lady and I hope and pray you and your loved one are feeling better soon xoxo …God bless you my friend

  78. Cheri Campbell Graf on January 1, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Thank you Patsy for the encouragement. I am sharing this with my sweet Aunt Norma who is nursing home bound with a stroke. She will never be able to return home, but she has a sound mind and for that I am grateful. May God bless your family with peace, health, and joy in 2018!

  79. Smuff on January 1, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Good and needed word! Gods timing is always right! I used to attend Women of Faith and always left renewed and Fired up!! I am caring for both of my parents right now ,although it is exactly what I want to do,it can be overwhelming . I have had to put my life on hold in order to make theirs great. Which, I know in my heart is what they have always done for me. So, I didn’t feel encouraged going into a new year. Thanks for the reminder of my source of joy. You use your words in an amazing ways and continue to inspire me. Thanks for that and Happy New Year!

  80. Tara on January 1, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Thanks Patsy!
    I have been in so much pain over the last few months and the doctors don’t know anything. I’ve been thinking, ” how can I enjoy anything like this?!”
    I’m still looking to God. Still spending time in the Word. Still praying. Dah!!

  81. Denise on January 1, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Oh Patsy, I’m sorry you’ve been suffering from the flu, but glad to hear you’re on the mend! Thank you for your constant encouragement and words of advice. May God bless you and your hubby in the new year!

  82. Laurie Mollenkopf on January 1, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Patsy, your words are so full of wisdom and care. God bless you and your husband as you continue to heal and As you continue to share words of wisdom and truth with us, as we all walk out our faith in this world. Happy New Year. ❤️

  83. Robin Smith on January 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I read these comments of what others are going through and shake myself! I have so much to be thankful for-good health being chief among them! Thank you Patsy and others for helping me to find joy-Jesus is truly our hope. Our God is a God of restoration!

  84. Solveig on January 1, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Dear Patsy,

    Sorry you and Les have been ill. May you return to full health soon. Love this reading and the New Year Blessing. You have a unique and powerful gift to lift others. Thank you for so generously passing on the light you’ve been given. All the best to you in 2018!

  85. Shirley on January 1, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Thank you, Patsy!! I’m in a hospital waiting room while my sister is getting her broken hip replaced and wondering how things are going at
    another hospital where my son is waiting to learn how they intend to fix his broken C-1 vertebrae. God’s word to me today is “Great peace have they who love thy law (Word) and nothing shall offend them.” Nowhere to go, but UP!!!

  86. Christine Smith on January 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    You are such a blessing Patsy! I truly needed your words as I have been sick and having test after test, each leading to another test and another doctor. The words God gives you to share with all of us are so uplifting. Here’s praying you and your hubby are up and at it again soon. God has a reason for each thing in our lives and sometimes we just need to be reminded to lean on Him totally! Blessings to you in the New Year!

  87. Terri Atwood on January 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Blessings to you in the new year! Thank you for blessing me with your Godly wisdom as you mentored me to start my Bold Brave and Beautiful Women’s Ministry Team, now in it’s 4th year! May the Lord bless you, your family and ministry abundantly in 2018! 🙂

  88. Debbi Bell on January 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    So sorry you both have been sick. Prayers for complete healing. Have loved your writing for years. I have learned so much and been so encouraged. Bless you and yours in the new year. Love in Christ, Debbi Bell

  89. Deb Benbow on January 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Patsy. Feel better.

  90. Gay on January 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you Patsy for your encouraging Word!
    My pastor husband went to be with the Lord this September. He was only 55. God’s grace and love have sustained me and continue lifting me and guiding me. I am reminded in his word that he has a wonderful future planned for me as his child, filled with his hope and love. I love your writings and I love this post. Thank you! Have a happy new year!

  91. Laura S on January 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Interesting that I should come across this post on Facebook. After reading of others being “given a word”, several years ago I decided to pray about a word. To my surprise, God not only gave me a word, but it was one of the most surprising but faith strengthing years of my adult life.

    Fast forward to the closing of 2017, I had not received a word as of very late last evening. I came upon a little quiz that was to offer the word of the year. Figuring it was worth a shot, I prayed, and answered the 7 questions.

    Though I recognized the word immediately as “this is the one”, at the same time I thought “but I don’t want that one!”

    My 2018 word is Joy. I’ve been walking with Him long enough to know that joy sometimes comes with or as the result of a great deal of work, sometimes painful work.

    While my initial response was negative, I know better than to reject the prompting of the Holy Spirit. My word is JOY and I’m looking forward to what God would have to teach me. He started today with this blog post: a heart of gratitude brings joy!

    Wow, just wow! What a confirmation. I’m signing up for your blog, I have a feeling you and I might be learning some new things together this year.

    PS. It won’t be the first time your servants heart has impacted my heart. You were the featured speak at my church conference summer retreat, twice, in the early 90’s in Findlay Ohio

  92. gaillovesgod on January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for your encouragement while being yet being so sick. I hope you and your husband are better, and that you have found an escape from your torture. 😉 Thank you for speaking words of blessings to others (myself included). May your year be all that God hopes for you, Patsy! He loves you!

  93. Marsha Sebastian on January 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Prayers for continued healing and gratitude for the inspiring blessing!
    It is beautiful and I also shared it so your prayerful words blessed others.
    God’s Peace Be With You and Yours

  94. Vicki on January 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    May the coming weeks find you and your husband in health and renewed strength. Blessings to you in the new year!

  95. Leona on January 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Patsy- Thanks for sharing. I hope you have gotten over sickness for a while and 2018 will be filled with health and joy. It was such a blessing to get to hear you this past year. Your writing has blessed me for many years. All the best to you!

  96. Carolyn Queen on January 1, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Once again your words touch my heart and I am challenged. My own stupid annoyance from allergy attacks and cold for 3 weeks over the holidays are nothing in the light of what others are going through. You have been in my thoughts, not knowing of your illness. I was thinking of all the times your words and verse in the evening hours had encouraged and helped me over this past year. Thank you. And today is no different. “Position my mind” Oh how I need to do this. A friend wrote the words Peace and Purpose, two words I plan to hold close in my thoughts as I begin again. I’ll be praying for a full recovery for you and your hubby. God bless you and fill each day of 2018 with that joy.

  97. Hallie Stansell on January 1, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I needed this tonight. Thank you for always being a blessing. Praying a wonderful New Year for you and all of your family.

  98. Patty Lanphere on January 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for that blessing. So glad you and your hubby are the mend. That’s tough stuff but you’re tougher. Blessings back to y’all

  99. Linda Harriss on January 1, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery! You and your husband are such blessings to others. Thank you for your words of encouragement and joy over the years.
    Blessings,
    Linda Harriss

  100. Lori whinery on January 2, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Patsy, I just love you. I’m so sorry you were sick. I’ve always wanted to meet you, well actually just come to your house and soak up your wisdom over a cup of coffee. I don’t think you do that thing where you sit on your front porch anymore. I’ll be 60 this year, I quit my job and now I feel completely lost. Not sure what the Lord wants me to do. I don’t want to wallow in self pity this year over lost friendships or unfulfilled goals. I want to be thankful. Meeting you is on my bucket list. It seems you never come to Washington state. Keep up the good work serving our Lord the way you do, this world definitely needs your humor. P.s. I’ve always wanted to be a speaker like you but it just never came about. Oh by the way I suffered from agrigphobia just like you in my early twenties, I wanted commit suicide, after a lifetime of child abuse, the Lord healed me in one night I had such peace the next day.
    , you were the only person I ever heard of that talked about panic attacks I thought I was the only one,thank you Patsy. Love you.

  101. Arleen Graham on January 2, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Dear Patsy:
    Thank you so much for sharing your life with me, for it felt as if you were speaking right to my heart. I understand about “Matlock” totally, in our home it’s “Mash” if I hear one more “Klinger!!!” by Sherman Potter I think I’ll scream! But it’s my hubby’s favorite show. (sigh) I think for the New Year I’ll find something else to do during that hour.
    You have been such an inspiration and I love your sense of humor , from “Normal is only a setting on a dryer” to your little dog jumping up and down in the window. Your words have helped me get through an awful lot of life. For that I am grateful.
    I also admire how you embrace your age, as hubby puts it, we are not getting older, we are Maturing. You have facilitated that transition for me as well. You are one remarkable lady, one I am glad to know. God Bless you and your hubby through out the New Year. Love and prayers, Arleen

  102. Lori ward on January 2, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Sorry to hear you were sick for so long but glad to hear you are recovering. God never promised easy did he, but he promises his love and that he’s always there for us. Thanks so very much for sharing. It is in our perspective and gratitude that we can persevere with Gods help. Wish you many blessings in the New Year!!!

  103. Lynette LeDoux on January 2, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    …may my words be measured and kind…
    How nice.
    Lynette

  104. janet davis Augello on January 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Hello and thank you Patsy, for these encouraging words! Oh how they fed my heart and mind! Thank you! Love you so!

  105. Alisa Tyler on January 3, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Happy New Year. Thanks so much for sharing. I pray you feel better. I can relate so much in 2016 i almost died 4 times due to lupus complications and a stroke, but God. The experience led me right into my purpose and let me see why I was created. I birthed my first book from the experience I give all glory to God. Your words are so encouraging I pray blessings to continue to overtake you in 2018.

  106. Autumn L Cheek on January 4, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I have always enjoyed your writings and how you express yourself! Thankful you and your husband is on the mend. The first I heard was on a cassett. Yes I’m over 60. Lol.
    May 2018 Bring you health and blessings. I may never get to meet you but feel sure as we pass through this life we will meet in our home Jesus prepared just for us. Isn’t that an exciting thought? I love my life but get excited thinking what is just over the hill.
    Forever and always love and prayers
    Aut

  107. Andrea Garcia on January 4, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Dearest Patsy,
    Blessings for a Happy New Year to you and your hubby. I hope by now you are both up and doing much better.
    I could hear your voice as I read your greeting. I loved seeing you and hearing your voice at W. O. F. You had a way of speaking to me despite the thousands of other women in the room.
    Thank you for you and touching my heart and soul.

  108. Julia Cashwell on January 5, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Dear Patsy,
    As I was walking my dogs yesterday, I was pondering/praying about this new year. My prayer was that I would love people more, like Jesus loves.
    Then to read this beautiful article this morning. What confirmation ! You express it all so beautifully.
    Thank you, dear lady! You are a gift of encouragement! Happy New Year!

  109. Christina Hall on January 5, 2018 at 10:32 am

    O my sweet sister! Blessings on you as well for this new year! As I read your blessing I am reminded that it is so not about me but about Jesus! He blesses beyond measure! I’ve prayed for everyone to be quickly healed from the colds, flu, & pneumonia. I hope you and your hubs have recovered. I am so blessed to have you in my life! Can’t wait to see all that God does in & through you and me for this coming year.
    Blessings,
    Christina

  110. Carolyn Queen on January 5, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I just want to say thank you Patsy for your continued words of encouragement. I pray you and your husband are feeling better.

  111. Janet Herwaldt on January 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Patsy,
    Your ministry has blessed me for years! Thank you!. Happy New Year! And may the Lord continue to bless you and use you in amazing ways in 2018!

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