Happy 2017!

It’s 2017!

I hope this finds you recovering from a Blessed Christmas and a very peaceful transition into 2017! Speaking of . . . Happy New Year! 

May I invite you to grab a cup of something warm, pull up a chair, and let’s visit for a bit?   Thank you for sharing a few moments with me today!  I am truly honored!

But, Is It Really 2017?


Are you serious!  How did it get to be 2017?  I just barely got used to 2016!  But here it is. And, like many of you, I’m working on the New Year’s Resolution thing.

I don’t know about you, but for me to work on goals for 2017, I have to reflect back on 2016.

We all faced trying times in 2016.  Many of us lost loved ones.  We struggled and worked hard. Our country was united, and yet rrrrripped  apart by the election.   Some of us lost jobs, or changed jobs, and still others thrived in our work.  Others enjoyed good health while some battled to regain theirs.  We watched as our dollar shrank and it took more and more to buy groceries, gas, and keep a roof over our heads.

2017, money






2017, money





2017, money


But we also saw the wonder of a sunset,

2017, sunrise, God, love, Jesus, goals

Heard joy in a child’s laughter,

2017, child's laugh, love, joy

Treasured the mystical fragrance of a rose,

2017, love, God, Jesus









Reveled in the warm hug of a loved one.

And now,

2016 is a roll-call of memories.

What Does The Future Hold?

We gaze into the future of 2017 with anticipation and hope.

Hope for healing,

For love,

For joy, happiness, success, and


We contemplate our goals for the year

As we pray for guidance and for clarity of what God is doing in our lives and where He is leading us.

And we strive to align ourselves with His purpose.

But do we know what that purpose is?

How do we find it?

These are all very good questions.

To tie this together, and start to lay the ground work for the next several posts . . .

Let me ask –  Do you have a burning desire in your heart?

Something that you believe God has put there that, as much as you’ve tried, you have not accomplished.

We all have those.

So how do we go about making those dreams become a reality in 2017?

How do we achieve what so far has been unattainable?

Does it require more prayer?

More work?

More trust?

Or is it a combination of all these?

Priorities for 2017

As 2017 begins, one of my “Resolutions” is I am spending this month trying to refocus my life and realign it with what really matters.

Is that more money?

More success?

No!  Not for me.  Not this year!

Because of my circumstances and the odd chain of events that have come down in the last three years, and especially after my silly little car accident, I had to be focused on money.  And success.  And you know where it got me?


Oh sure, it got me a new career.  Not one that I’m passionate about, but one that’s interesting, and I am enjoying it none the less. Success allowed me to keep that new job!

But what these transitions are reminding me of as I reflect on 2016, is what really matters.

And for 2017, and beyond those are:

  • Trust in God.
  • Faith that His will and His good are truly the foundation of every nook and cranny of my weird life.
  • My family and the bonds of Love that hold us together in life, and in death.
  • My friends. Yes, that’s YOU.  Those who even though you are not related to me, still love me.  Just as I am.


And now I have a very important question for you –

What matters most to you as you reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017?

Have you even thought about it?



Either way,

Will you join me on this journey of 2017?

If so, please take a moment and think about what 2016 has taught you.

And what do you hope to focus on in 2017?

Then, please share a word, or two, or two hundred in the “Comments” section below.

I know some of you are faithful commenters, but some of you, for whatever reason, have never left a single comment.  And because of that, I don’t even know you read these posts.

So today, as we start 2017, I ask you to please, bravely comment.  Do not worry about putting your email address in where it asks because I vow to NEVER share your email or personal info with anyone, anywhere, EVER.  And I won’t be sending you all kinds of email asking for something.

So, are you in?

I hope so!

Please comment below and check back soon for the next post in this series.  Or better yet, sign up as a subscriber and you will get notification when something new happens!  Simply click HERE.

Thank you and God Bless you!





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  1. Mika January 8, 2017 #

    Welcome back!

    • Kristi January 8, 2017 #

      Thank you! Figured it was about time!

  2. Trish January 8, 2017 #

    I’m with you in 2017! Thank you for being with me through the years.

    • Kristi January 8, 2017 #

      Thanks Trish! I’m with you forever! Love you!

  3. Kathy Hodge Weaver January 8, 2017 #

    Kristi glad you’re back writing!

    • Kristi January 9, 2017 #

      Thank you Kathy! Me too!

  4. Lowell January 9, 2017 #

    I’m back! I love reading your posts, and I love you!

    • Kristi January 9, 2017 #

      Yeah! Thank you Lowell! Love you too!

  5. Brenda K January 9, 2017 #

    So glad you are back! I have always enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading what you will share with us. God bless!

    • Kristi January 9, 2017 #

      Thank you Brenda! That means the world to me! And I’m looking forward to discussing those posts with you! God bless you my friend!

  6. Willa January 9, 2017 #

    2016 – didn’t hardly have to think about this: A grandchild opens up a whole other part of the heart that I didn’t even know existed!

    Have a blessed year Christi and I hope to get to see you somewhere, sometime! Lots of love to you and yours!

    • Kristi Ross January 9, 2017 #

      Oh yes it does doesn’t it! They are the greatest gift aren’t they?!! I love how you put it, “A grandchild opens up a whole other part of the heart that I didn’t even know existed!” That describes it perfectly! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! Yes, I would love to get to see you this year as well! And thank you, you have a blessed year as well! Take care my friend!
      Love you too!

  7. Jan Smith January 9, 2017 #

    Oh I’m so glad to see you posted again Kristi! We have been missing you! But from the sounds of it you’ve had a very busy year. Glad things are hopefully smoothing out some for you. I am defiantly with you in 2017! And looking forward to your next post! As for us, we battled some health issues so for 2017 we are all about getting healthy! Be Blessed my friend!

    • Kristi January 9, 2017 #

      Oh hello Jan! So glad to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the last couple of years! I’m so glad your health is improving. We’ll be standing in prayer for you to have a healthy and happy 2017!

  8. Dwayne January 10, 2017 #

    Happy New Year?

    This is going to be a great year, because we are going to make it that way. Sure, life will throw us a curveball and times may be difficult, but God always provides healing, an answer to a prayer and a way out of a situation.

    And I am so glad that you sent us this post just a few days after New Year’s to help start us out right.

    P.S. I always enjoy the photos and the three this time that show the dollar shrinking. Your pictures tell a story many times that words cannot.

    • Kristi Ross January 10, 2017 #

      Thank you Dwayne! I always love your input and thoughts. They are always spot on! Thank you! And thank you for being my very own messenger! It’s so cool!
      Happy New Year!


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