A new year dawns, signalling an end to the old and the beginning to yet another.
Whatever 2013 had been, it is good to remember memories that are pleasant and discard those that are not.
Unfulfilled dreams, empty promises, hurtful words, disappointments, regrets, etc. - these all fall into the category of unpleasant memories that are to be boxed, sealed and thrown out.
And whatever the new year holds, let us not allow past fears to keep us back from embracing all that's ahead.
May we take courage from God and from each other to anticipate only good things and take things in stride when anything less than good happens.
For we have a loving Father to depend on when things go awry; to navigate us through storms into better weather; to cheer us on when we lose courage; to give us strength when we feel weak; to turn things around and work good things out of every unpleasant circumstance.
I'm looking forward to the good things in store in this new year.
This is what I believe: the more we anticipate God's favour and goodness, the more we will get to experience them.
For isn't that how faith works?
That our part is to believe that He who promises is faithful to bring those promises to fruition?
That even if we die believing and not seeing those promises come to pass in our lifetime, it is better to have died in hope rather than in despair?
May 2014 bring us closer to seeing our hearts' desires, hopes and dreams fulfilled.
May we taste and see more of God's love and goodness; experience His glorious peace and joy; and enjoy His abundant blessings.
Happy New Year 2014 to all!
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." ~ Psalm 23:6 ~
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
~ Psalm 34:8 ~