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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

December 31, 2020

Devoting this Coming Year -

 "We devote this coming year to God." While doing my devotions and thinking about the new year I felt like I needed to devote my year to God. While not being able to control what happens I can be in charge of my heart. This year brought some pretty amazing things for our family. Our granddaughter is now cancer free after a brutal year.

We kept our jobs....I am so humbled and grateful for this one thing.

I remember at the end of each year my father would always 

devote time to pray about the New Year. He would get a word 
which was always filled with hope, purpose and meaning. He 
would tell us "we are devoting the coming year to God." It was
just something we did. He didn't look to the news or to the  
present day situation, He looked to God for His direction.
He was always steady. Always focused on what God was saying 
and where God was leading. And He said "we help people."

In my devotions in the morning I have felt stirred to keep myself busy with the important. Helping people at my work (Hospice). And I have many times turned the tv and the news off and found my peace in creating, designing, making and sewing. If I let the news start my day then I am anxious and upset...and the day goes downhill.
I start my day with devotions, reading something encouraging and purposeful. I fill my days rather than letting someone else fill it. I try to give myself an hour to be creative, design, or sew something. This hour on work days is something I look forward to and it just helps me.

Even while I am doing dishes, or feeding grandkids or helping hospice families, I set aside lunch time or some time..for jotting down ideas and projects. It is a little bit of happy inspiration and it works for me because in my heart I am very creative.
Creativity brings me great joy.
So does stitching, cross stitching, embroidery, sewing, and most handwork.

I realized early on in my life I had been blessed with creativity. Now in the midst of a chaotic year, I am keeping myself focused on what is always peaceful and that is working with my hands. For me that is a good place to try and stay.

Meanwhile...our entire family experienced being sick with Covid. We have all had to take time off and rest and get better. During those times we again focused on recovery and getting stronger. 

This is us! There is a baby on the way too! We have 7 grandkids, one angel grand baby, and one baby on the way.

How about you? Your year? Everyone is quick to say it was a terrible year....but those of us who have recovered....are humbly grateful for that one thing. Recovering.

Many friends have passed. There has been loss. There has been sadness. My husband and I in our day jobs work for hospice and we have tended lovingly to broken hearts and families that experience loss. But there is a purpose in it all. Helping people. Helping them navigate through rough waters.

My heart is to make the best of this one life I have been blessed 
with. Happy New Year friends. Many more beautiful days and 
stories are ahead."
Philippians 4:8 "Whatever is lovely....think on these things."

Debbie Booth

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