If I were to choose a word for the year 2021, it would be grateful. I celebrated love and I celebrated people and I was celebrated and I went places and I laughed a lot and I cried a little and I lived to tell it all. I’m grateful that as I reflect back on 2021, the good far outweighs the bad. As I look forward to 2022 the word that comes to mind is faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
I’m expecting God to do a lot in 2022 but if I’m being honest, I can’t see some of it happening. ::insert FAITH:: I typically beat myself up for not seeing the vision no matter how plain it is. I’m of the belief you have to see it to believe it and I struggle to be excited about things I can’t picture. But instead of berating myself, I’ll choose to have faith. I don’t have to know how it’s going to happen or when, I just have to commit my ways to Him and trust the process (Proverbs 16:3).
I know sometimes this will be easier said than done but I realize it’s necessary if I’m choosing to live in the blessings God has for me. I can’t wait to tell you all about what God has done!
Those who know me well know that my favorite holidays are my birthday and Valentine’s Day. Both are real holidays so don’t try to convince me of otherwise; I’ll simply think you’re delusional. New Year’s Day is slowly slipping into this category of favorite holidays. I’ve always looked forward to setting goals and creating vision boards. It’s like no matter what happened the previous year, I made it to the new one and it’s filled with all these unknowns I’m excited to uncover. Of course I can’t predict the low moments and I don’t anticipate them; I choose to take them as they come. Those good times though… The ones I can’t even dream up if I tried, experiences that will unexpectedly etch a happy place in my heart, creating connections that will last a lifetime, this is what New Year’s Day represents to me: the hope of everything good.
I know we can choose any day to start new and make plans and set goals, but I like that there is a particular day we acknowledge something new, marking the beginning of whatever will be. On January 1, 2013, I was happy about the possibilities the year held, completely unaware my dad would die almost 11 months later but I won’t discount that moment on January 1. I’m learning not to allow an event, no matter how impactful, to define time. It may influence my view of a particular time in my life, but I won’t let it take the joy out of the happy days and the wonder that filled them.
I’m not sure what 2019 was like for you, how many wins and losses and everything in between you took but expect great things in this new year; I do, and God willing, I always will.
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.