Hope

Wow!  It’s a new year with a new website and a new book! With all of the distressing and difficult things that happened in 2020, God has remained faithful behind the scenes!  Many of us have deepened our walk with Jesus Christ, had spiritual and physical healings, and been given new things to do (like writing my first book)!

A favorite verse of mine is Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB), “The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your Faithfulness.”  The good news is that today is the first day of the rest of your life and His mercies are new every morning for you.  Today is a new day with no mistakes in it yet!  By God’s grace, each day can have no mistakes in it as you walk with and trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior!  If you happen to stumble or fall, He is right there to pick you up and continue walking on beside you.

In the midst of the pandemic and quarantines last year, many people felt isolated, alone, depressed, etc.  Yet, my favorite song from the musical Carousel says that when you walk through a storm, you should keep your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.  How can you do this, you ask?  Realize that God will never leave or forsake you and you will never walk alone.  Hope is reborn, love is rekindled, and faith is re-nurtured by His presence in your life!

God will redeem your 2020 experiences and give you wisdom and understanding in hindsight.  Our lives have been interrupted and we have been held captive by fear, doubt and governmental restrictions.  The given freedoms of our daily lives that we had taken for granted have been shackled and we had to learn to spend time with our immediate households and learn how to “Zoom” for family gatherings and church services, etc.  We could not come and go freely about our day; we could not schedule “in-person” doctor visits; we could not bury our loved ones.  Yet, by God’s grace we made it through, somewhat bruised and shaken, to this new year!

God is with us, Emmanuel!  The best is yet to come!  Happy New Year!

Blessings, Joyce