Every time I venture out to my backyard I can’t help but feel hope and blessings permeate through my veins. It’s been a season overflowing with ups and downs, but it’s also opened my eyes to just how gracious and merciful of a God we serve.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned quitting a job after being in Ohio for a mere three months, starting another position just a few days later, adopting a dog, and buying a house all within four months of getting married to my amazing husband.
Friends, this year, instead of making “New Year’s Resolutions” and trying to convince myself I can knock my goals out of the water by rallying enough of my own energy, I am simply going to be still in the presence of the Lord.
I want to rest in His unfailing love, unending strength, and unchanging Word because regardless of how much I toil over my plans, God has my path already laid out for me. He knows exactly what I need when, what I will succeed and fail in, and in how I will grow.
So, as I contemplate what 2019 will bring, I stop and return to how He has been merciful: I stressed and strained over how I wanted my wedding to go, and yet it didn’t turn out perfect. We prayed for months about waiting a few years to buy our first home, and then God opened a door we needed to walk through. I begged Him to provide me with an opportunity I thought He was potentially providing, only to find out someone else had been chosen for the job.
I know that no matter how much I arrange my future, it’ll always be molded into reflecting God’s glory far more than I can produce on my own. While I can be excited about the future, I’m not letting it define me, and I challenge you to think the same! Jesus is our rock and our salvation, and we will never be shaken. So bring it on 2019! I know it’s going to be an incredible year.