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My One Word

Happy New Year!  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  I don’t have a lot of success with sticking to them, so I really don’t make any.  I love the concept of one word to focus on in the new year, and this year my one word is HOPE.

This past year has been so rich and full for me – many amazing signs of growth in my own life, within my family, at my church.  We have seen God’s hand of blessing in many areas.

Last year was also a time of some incredible difficulty in our home, and one that we won’t soon forget.  However, I can already see God at work to make things better, less awful, more holy.

And that gives me HOPE.

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I love this passage in Isaiah 43:16-19 –

This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
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.

Wow!  God promises them that He is doing a new thing, despite all the hardships they had faced.

I am counting on God to prepare a way for me in the new year.  I am trusting that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that He will shepherd me and lead me in the new year.

Because I have spent some time feeling broken, and not knowing where else to turn, and God has to be enough.  I have to trust in Him to prepare a way, to help me perceive the new things He is doing, to provide streams in the wasteland.

My hope, my one word – my Hope – is in God.

When my heart was overflowing in His goodness – Hope.

When my days were long and very normal – Hope.

For those days I could not move – Hope.

To remind me that He was making a way – Hope.

As I stood at the doorway to 2014, it was a good time to look back, to thank God for the Hope he provided.  It was also a special time to thank Him for the many times that He made a way for me, to remember the streams He provided in the wilderness days of my year.

I’m entering 2014, taking all the God-moments from last year, and looking ahead with One name on my lips – Jesus – and with hope in my heart.

Hope.  It’s my one word for 2014.

Happy new year, dear friends!


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