By Brenda Jank
I Love New Year’s Eve.
My celebration begins days before as I page through my calendar and my memory to pull out nuggets of all the Lord has done this past year … and with it, inventory my joys, regrets, and “aha’s.” This practice, now spanning 30-some odd years, prepares me to swing open the door of the New Year before me with great anticipation that the Lord paves the way and I have nothing to fear.
Woven through the years, a few questions rise to the surface. Below are three for you to explore. Don’t rush through them. Meander. Take time to mine the treasures.
Grab 30-60 minutes of quiet, a notebook (if you inclined), your Bible, and something warm to drink.
May Jesus meet you in this time and place as you prepare your heart for that He has planned.
2020 in Review
- What did you learn this past year?
2. What do you need to let go of? The first line of this prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr might come in handy…
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
3. What were the unique blessings of this year turned upside down?
4. What aspect of your life requires you to lean hard on Jesus? Do it. Trust Him in and through this hard thing! Then, with a bold or a quivering heart, thank Him for the opportunity to rediscover the depths of His love, power, and Presence. Visit the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:1-22. You won’t be disappointed.
Onward, dear friends.
God bless and God keep!