Forward: go forth, onward, progressive, ahead, leading, forth, forefront, to the fore, further, advancing.
Sound like great words to start off a New Year, don’t they? But however strong and determined we start out in January, we seem to get sluggish somewhere around February!
However sluggish the past year may have been, through all the ups and downs, didn’t the Lord provide for you all He thought was necessary and in His own timing?
Setting up a stone of remembrance for all the Lord had done to rescue him and defeat his enemies, Samuel said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” (1 Sam. 7:12b NLT)
Did the enemy pursue you this past year? Did you experience the Lord’s presence with you? Were you aware of His canopy of care covering you? Did He provide shelter and sustenance, even if in quantities less than desired?
Through all the contrary times, through sickness, through loss, through poverty, through grief, through trials, through temptations…the Lord has provided up to this point. (A Stone of Remembrance)
So, what will happen in the scary new year?
A myriad of challenges will confront each of us every day. How will we handle them?
As Jesus once said to a man whom He was about to heal, “Step forward.” (Mark 3:3b NKJV) Will you step forward believing and trusting for the answer to that which you need, remembering what God has done for you in the past? Or will you hang back in the shadows afraid to move ahead, forgetting God’s providence?
Just as God told Isaiah, He says to you and me, “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like Me.” (Is. 46:9 NLT)
God will again make His provisions available in the New Year for it is in His plan for each of us. He says, “I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (Jer. 29:11 Msg)
However, His plan will only unfold daily, as we trust Him for each step…
Be assured that no matter what happens on your journey this year, He is the source of your fresh mercies every morning. He will never fail you. He will walk by your side along each rocky bend in the road and carry you through each heartache and loss.
God will see you through to the end of next year. Will you live as Abraham…“By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country.” (Heb. 11:9a NKJV)…
I am ready to step into the journey of each new day of this year, greeting each one in faith and with God’s mercy.
How about you? Are you ready? How will you greet the challenges of your new journey? (Stepping into the Unknown).
The New Year – with all its surprises, joys, blessings, and, yes, even heartaches – lies ahead. Go forward to conquer whatever comes your way, hand in hand with the Joy-Bringer, the Deliverer, the Comforter, the Guide, the Peace-Giver.
*Thank you to all my sweet readers, to all of you who spend your precious time with me, reading (and commenting on) what the Lord places on this ol’ heart.
*I wish you all a very happy New Year. May the Lord fill it with wonder, your heart’s desires, special surprises, guidance, protection, provision, peace, and comfort.
*May you have no rearview-mirror glimpses of regret, shame, or unforgiveness from the old year passing away.
*May your back be to the contrary circumstances of the year behind; may your feet be firmly planted in the present; and may your heart be guarded with the hope of a better new year.
Now, go ahead…
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