2020 Countdown

Happy New Year!

I’m really glad this year is coming to an end and I’m also glad for a new beginning in 2021. There’s no doubt, this year has been a challenge for so many of us as we have faced things we didn’t see coming. Because of this tension, I’m not sure what you’re facing or how you’re feeling right now but I do know, that God is good and His mercy endures forever!

It’s from this truth about God that my hope is stirred to believe we’re coming through this better. We’re coming through this stronger and we’re coming through this deeper in Christ. That may sound cliché but it’s true. All of this chaos, provides a chance for God to be our peace, our rock and so much more. Like a great man of God said, every miracle begins with a problem!

So there’s good news today, miracles are coming our way.

As we celebrate the new year, so much can go through our mind and emotions. We’ve faced a global pandemic, the racial cry for justice, political strife and financial strain. On top of all of this, we’re facing our own struggles and process. All of this is overwhelming, which means we need God more than ever; therefore, we must go to His word and find something to stand on.

There’s a great verse in Psalms that speaks to us right now. It says,

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

– Psalms 37:23-24

I love this promise because notice, God loves every detail of our lives. This means, He loves these things more than we do because His love is perfect. Furthermore, He holds us by our hand and if we stumble, He’s going to pick us up again. Man, this is BIG right now because there’re many details that have been hit and yet, He cares about them and He’s planned a good outcome for all of them.

Then, maybe we’ve fallen in our emotions, our thoughts, our actions or our habits but, He’s there holding our hand. He’s holding our hand to lead us where we should go. To pick us up when we stumble and to bring us to the place He wants us. What a gracious, kind and merciful God we serve!!

Doesn’t that speak to us right now?

All of us can attest to these verses because of what we have faced this year. However, we have this promise and because of that, we know we are going to make it.

No matter what’s ahead, He’s there. No matter what’s next, He loves every detail of our lives. No matter what’s changing, He’s holding our hand and He’s not letting go.

Check out what John says about this,

“For my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” – John 10:29

I love this! No one can snatch us from God’s hand! Not COVID, racial disparity, political strife, financial strain or personal issues. He’s got us and He’s not letting go.

Man, that’s enough to make me happy, how about you?

2021 is going to be ok because God is going into it with us. He’s going to help us along the way and every detail of our lives, is on His

mind. Our job is to trust Him, give it to Him and believe that He knows best for us.

So, I encourage you, give God your emotions today. Give Him your heart and give Him your fear. He’s with you and He’s holding your hand.

You may ask, how do I give these things to Him?

This is a great question. We do this by praying and by verbally acknowledging out loud, what we’re facing and what we need to give to Him. That’s the way we release it into His hands. It’s just like when we have something on our heart to say, and when we say it, there’s a release for us. It’s the same thing and more so with Jesus! You can do this and start today. He hears every word we say to Him and He’s not concerned about how we say it, just say it and give it to Him.

So happy New Year! Countdown 2020 because it’s going to be over soon and a new start is before us!

I love you all and the best is yet to come,

PD



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