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Friday, January 31, 2014


How many of you, like me,
would like to start this
Year of 2014

my horse and our adopted son

I know that this really isn't possible, and I am not promoting any of this as my beliefs, but today is the start of the Chinese New Year. I know very little about any of this, however, I do know that I was born under one of the years of the horse. So, this should be my year, right? So far, I have not seen that but I'm putting my faith only in what God will do and not betting my money on any horse (lol). Yet, being such a lover of horses (maybe you didn't know this about me, but I owned horses and raised a couple; a newborn from my mare and a yearling, the father). This is why I am or was attracted to all the hoop-la and images, etc. I have seen promoting the Chinese 2014 Year of the Horse or more specifically, Green Horse and even more, Green Wood Horse ... {I definitely am not going to educate you on all of these elements and Chinese traditions. I'm far from an expert on that and it's not the point of this opportunity for my re-start of 2014.


Well, I've never seen a green horse, but I most certainly have heard the expression of "bein' green" and know Kermit's song that "it's not easy bein' green?" and I couldn't agree more. In fact, I was "green" when it came to raising and breaking my Arab stallion. "Being green" actually refers to someone not being experienced in a particular field or activity, whether it's an interest, hobby, career, position, etc. When teaching English to anyone whose first language is not English, you need to be aware of all these expressions and colloquials to be able to explain them. Yep, I definitely was "green" when it came to my horses but I loved them and learning from them and about them so that's why I could not wait to have my own as an adult when we first acquired our home with 7 and a half acres. Yippee! The problem was that we did not have much grazing area, it's all pines---row after row, with the stipulation that we could not cut them down our first 5 years there. I could write forever about "horses" and my experiences which would make you laugh ... but the reasons I thought of this are: 1) most of the images I have seen for the Chinese 2014 New Year have "red horses" not "green" and 2) that I have another devotional for 40 days that is perfect for this year of the horse (but I have not started it yet with all my other ones) ... and 3) because of this devotional, I thought about all the spiritual lessons in horses and our Christian life. For me, "being green" and "being reined" are just two examples that I've seen in my life.

The truth is that I am or should not "be green" in sharing Jesus Christ after all my experience and life journey with Him as my Savior ... BUT I act and behave as if I am "green" when I'm not. A better way of looking at this "being green" spiritually would be with fruit like a tomato, which we know that if it's still green, it's not ripe ... except of course, green tomatoes known as tomatillos here in Mexico, used in many green sauces. A fruit that is not yet ripe or ready, has not matured. Aye, there's my rub. My fruit, which should be full and mature, is still in its growing stages, its time of blooming, pruning, ripening... ouch! Now that truth hurts ... and it's this truth, for the last few years, that I have been made very much aware of as I look in that mirror and image of my reflection of Jesus Christ in my life and my evangelizing. Double ouch! How can this be? I desire "everyone" to know and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, yet first I must BE what God wants for each of us

"Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you."(Psalm 32: 9 NKJV) 
"A horse without understanding is a horse that has no relationship with his trainer."~Pauline Creeden (the 40 day devotional, Christian In Training) 

Likewise, a Christian or a person, who has no relationship with God, with Jesus Christ, as Lord will not want to follow, trust, go where He leads ... you get the idea ... I am not sure when, but I can't wait to read and share Pauline Creeden's devo/book. 

And as of today,
I am starting over with

not to repeat any of it so far
but to focus on 
God desires to do in me and through me

Bridled, reined, saddled
filled with
in this
New Year
of the 

The good part of this, is that the horse has some very admirable characteristics too
and those, born in the year of the horse, are suppose to have many of these qualities, meaning MOI (mu-ah)! like this:
"People born in the Year of the Horse are clever, kind, animated and energetic. Although they sometimes talk too much,(oh yeah) they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the center of a crowd.(not anymore) They are popular among friends, active at work and have a deft sense of humor.(ouch)
2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally."

And to read more 
about "horsey" personality traits 
you can read at
Wise Geek 
(not recommending)
just for fun info
"Year of the Horse" begins on Feb. 4th, 2014
and in USA the Chinese New Year began on the 30th, not the 31st
So here's to Starting Over in February

than all the above

I found that "Fresh Start" with SRT (She Reads Truth) summed this up best in the "What's Next" post for the final day, which also takes us back to the Introduction of this reading plan with the "let's resolve ... " parts.  So, even though I am not doing "resolutions" per se, I definitely want those 3 parts of "their proposition" to:
"... resolve to walk with Him as He makes it right. ... determine to get closer to Him through His Word. ... notice all that He is already doing and join Him in it."


  1. I know that was fun having horses. :) A better start would be fine with me too, Dear. Trusting the Lord. Thankful for what I have. Love you

  2. How interesting to learn all about your past experiences with horses! I had no idea.

    I am also a *horsey* person - as is my hubby - both born in the Year of the Horse. Does that make me a "neighsayer"?? (Or just one with a deft sense of humor?!)

    Well, at any rate, this year has started out with a breaking of my heart. And yet, I find that God is training me to run even stronger, even farther than before.


  3. "The Horse Devotional" (Christian In Training) I plan to read during the 40 days of Lent (March) (although it may not be a Lenten Devotional, I strongly feel this is my year and God is definitely wanting to train this Christian). The author is Pauline Creeden (and I cannot remember how I came upon her or two of her books that just seem so right for me --- the first was on being a "drifter" and then this one) ...

    But the reason I am sharing this in a comment is the book is in Kindle for only 99 cents currently. CIT Devotional

    I'm really looking forward to reading this book and setting aside my other devotionals and blog posts just for this in March.

    Blessings ... hope you will join me.


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