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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you had special celebrations with family and friends. My husband and I had some time off from work and we greatly enjoyed our family time together! One of the best parts was an overnight getaway at my dad’s cabin during New Year’s. . .

New Year 2015

On New Year’s Eve day, I woke up in a reflective mood. It was the last day of 2014 and the day before 2015. I began to rehearse in my mind events from 2014. As I did, I was overcome, once again, by God’s faithfulness. He got us through a difficult year and we came out stronger both in our commitment to Him and to each other as a family. Once I pondered the past, I began to think about the future. What would 2015 look like? Almost immediately, the words from Psalm 23:6 came to my mind.

(By the way, one of the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is able to bring His truth to your heart and mind just when you need it most.)

The words I memorized of this verse years ago is, “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

I heard the Spirit whisper words of comfort to my soul, “It will be a good year because My goodness and mercy will follow you as you follow me.”

Then I remembered verse one of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. By very nature and design, a Shepherd is to be followed. Sheep follow their shepherd, trusting that he will lead them to food and shelter and that he will keep them safe along the way.

According to John 10:11, Jesus is your Good Shepherd. You become His sheep, when you follow Him, trusting Him to care for you and provide what you need along life’s path. As you do, you are promised that “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the LORD and His presence shall be my dwelling place.” Psalm 23:6, Amplified

Isn’t that a comforting promise? As you follow Jesus, His goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow you! So that means, whatever 2015 brings your way, it is going to be a good year!

  • Because God is good
  • Because His mercies are new every morning
  • Because His faithfulness continues to all generations
  • Because His love will never, not in a million years, fail you
  • Because He takes excellent care of those who follow Him!!

Let’s pray.

As 2014 comes to an end and we stand on the cusp of 2015, how comforting to know, Father, that as I follow Jesus, Your goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow me. Help me to rest in that Lord and to encourage others with it as well. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Following Him with you . . . Your Friend in Ministry,

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Psalm 33:20-22

Psalm 33

Hope.  We all need it.  The challenge is we often put our hope in the wrong thing.  Psalm 33:20 instructs us to put our hope in the Lord.  That word hope means “to expect”.  When we wait in hope for the Lord, we expect Him to show up, because He is our help (offense) and shield (defense).

Sometimes God shows up quickly.  Other times He allows us to wait for Him to show up.  Either way, our hearts can be full of joy because we trust in His holy name (vs 21).  He hasn’t gotten us this far to ditch us now!  Often God uses times of waiting to mature us, because nothing helps you mature quite like waiting, right?  However, LONG seasons of waiting (I’m talkin’ months and even years) can cause us to lose hope.  What do you do then?  You rest and rely upon His unfailing love (vs 22).

About a month ago, I found myself needing some hope.  I had been studying this portion of Scripture, so I decided to ask the Lord to give me glimpses of His unfailing love.  I soon found out, that’s a prayer He loves to answer!  In fact, it got to the point where I think He was showing off, just because He could (*smile*).  All of a sudden that phrase “unfailing love” was everywhere I turned around . . . in songs, in other Scriptures I just happened to “stumble” upon.  He also used others to show me HIS unfailing love, homemade cinnamon rolls from a friend, meals when I was sick, prayers and encouraging words from friends.

God designed us so that His very nature (LOVE) could fill our greatest need (LOVE).  Over the past month, I have learned that God desires to show me glimpses of His unfailing love.  I just need to place myself in a position to receive them and then be on the lookout for them.  Some of the ways I do this are by feasting on His Word, filling my heart and environment with worship music and pressing in to my community of believers who love me like Jesus does.

I love the way the Amplified Version translates verse 22… “Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.”  God is so tender to us when we are in a season of waiting for Him to show up.  He knows it is hard for us to wait.  This verse encourages us not to give up hope because His mercy and loving-kindness is in direct proportion to the amount of waiting and hoping we do.  The longer you wait – the more you hope in Jesus and expect Him to show up without losing heart – the more you will sense His mercy and loving kindness surrounding you.

It may seem like you’ve waited a long time.  He may not show up like you had in mind, but make no mistake, God. Will. Always. Show. Up.!  That is why we put our hope in Him.

Thank You Father for your Word.  It brings comfort to my soul.  May I put my hope in You alone.  You are my help and my shield.  Help me to trust in you.  Thank you for glimpses of your unfailing love.  I expect you to show up.  In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen. 

Your Friend in Ministry,

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