Three Hundred Sixty five in 2017

As I sit here with only a few hours of 2017 left I listen to fire crackers going off in the distance. I’ve posted 364 posts in my blog this will be the 365th for this year. It occurs to me that I have no idea if people actually read this blog. I know a few do because they have liked it, and some have even commented on some of them. But that doesn’t matter.
Last year God gave me a word for the New Year of 2017. (Challenged by the group, Christian Poets and Writers) I prayed and it was the word “write”. Each morning as I would wake I’d hear the Holy Spirit speak different things to my heart. I’d get up, eat something then I’d write. I didn’t want to just write about random things…I wanted to write what God wanted me to write. I hope and pray that if you have read these posts that they have encouraged you maybe even inspired you. My heart’s desire is to please the Lord. He is my reason for living. I will turn 64 on January 3, 2018. To tell you the truth I’m really amazed that God has blessed me with this many years. I am also grateful. I don’t know what 2018 holds for this world, but I certainly know who holds 2018 in the palm of His hand. I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior when I was about six years old, baptized when I was about eight, and was filled gloriously with my prayer language when I was twelve. I take what he has given me very serious. I knew that I was a sinner and I wanted to be born again. I didn’t understand everything and I didn’t have to…all I had to know was that I accepted Jesus into my heart, that He is the Son of God and I wanted to make Him the Lord of my life. From that point on, my life had meaning and purpose.
I’ve made many mistakes along the way…and I’m sure I’ll make some more before he calls me home. But this I know beyond a shadow of a doubt…I am His child and I am forgiven. I never, ever want to walk away from him or the calling he has on my life.
Romans 8:1-5 New International Version (NIV) Life Through the Spirit
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
God bless you my friends…I pray you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and if you do not, it only takes a moment and you can know him. Confess to Him you are a sinner, tell him you want him to come into your heart and that you believe he is God’s only begotten son, and ask him to be the Lord of your life. He will do it in a heartbeat. Find a Church that teaches the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Lord, be with everyone who reads this blog. You be lifted up O Lord, be glorified and honored for without you we are nothing. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
I hope you come again!
Love and blessings in the coming New Year! May it be happy and you have great success. Most of all I hope you meet Jesus.
~Marla Shaw O’Neill December 31, 2017
I love the Lord Jesus Christ and am passionate about writing. I hope you enjoy the blog and come to visit often. Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2: 2-4


  1. This is a wonderful account of your faithfulness and desire to be apart of the Body of Christ. Being steadfast and diligent to follow through with your commitment to post everyday on your blog is quite commendable, and truly not easy. I can personally testify to that.

    Keep sharing the inspiration and encouragement, Marla. Your writing do in fact reach the hearts of many. God bless you, my friend.

    Keep shining for Jesus!

    1. Thank you so much Shira…this means so much to me! God bless you too…the windows of heaven is pouring blessings on your life to overflowing…xo

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