New Year; Looking to the Future.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
2017 is around the corner and I have been reflecting on the past year, so much has changed in my life over the past 12 months. I am THANKFUL to God alone for the work He has done. The change in my life has amazed me and I’m sure it amazes the people around me. I prayed for so long that God would lift me out of the pit that my life was in and He answered my prayer. The road to my answered prayer was so long and I was close to giving up and had given up on this request so many times but God was always there and He fulfilled my prayer. I get emotional when I think about where my life used to be and I am just thankful to God for the change He brought upon my life.
Psalm 40:2 (ESV)
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
Leading up to the New Year, I have been looking back on how I started 2016 in comparison to where I currently am. So many things that happened this year feel like they happened more than a year ago. During the first half of this year even though I was experiencing breakthrough after breakthrough and blessing upon blessing, I couldn’t see how blessed I was because I was so blind to God and His power in my life. I told (yes told) God so many things that I wanted in my life and he answered; there were lessons to be learned, shedding to be done and I am thankful for every single lesson that I’ve learned throughout 2016. I had to get to the end of myself to get to the beginning of God.
Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
I am no longer blind to God’s power and in my journey with God, I continue to strive to be like Jesus, to walk closely with God and not ahead of him or his plan. There isn’t a good wish or hope that I have that I keep from God, because if it’s in my heart or mind it’s either from God or from the enemy and I need to either remove it from my life or accept God’s blessing. I have accomplished so much in relation to emotions, career, relationships (human & with God) and plenty other things, I can see God’s grace in all the things that he gave and allowed into my life.
Genesis 8:11 (NIV)
11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.
Like Noah, God has sent me a dove. I know the waters have receded and I can start afresh. I have already experienced a new beginning this year and in the New Year I will continue living life in the way that God intended.
This blog is testament to God’s plan for my life, He has given me a new beginning not just with Him but with the world that caused so much pain and turmoil in my life.
I have many requests that I would love to fulfill in the New Year but I know that I have to fulfill a lot more of God’s requests. One of the requests is the hope for this blog; I truly hope that my story reaches as many young women who are going through what I went through and their lives are changed. I also hope that through blogging I grow closer and maturer in my walk with God. I can not be a “baby Christian” for the rest of my life. I know that God led me to this platform for a purpose and I truly hope that I do not stand in the way of His great plan and all of His intentions for me and all the other women who find this blog come to fruition.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
A continued prayer of mine this year is to be unmoved or steadfast in Christ, I want to be so steadfast in what is right and what is wrong so that I am unmoved in whatever direction the Lord has planned for me. The scripture above strengthens my intentions for praying this prayer; I only found this verse recently and it makes me realise that even though I do not yet know the bible as well as I hope to, my thoughts are constantly about knowing God a lot more than I already do. I truly hope that the Lord strengthens me throughout the coming year, I still have a lot to learn and I have so many questions and my mind is still being renewed.
I look forward to and am excited about the New Year. I truly hope that as Christians we become more unified and we do the Lord’s work as he intended.
Happy New Year; To You, Your Family and Your Community.