It is a new year. Definitely a reason to celebrate! I try my hardest to not let negativity be a part of me, so I will say this instead...
2013 was a year full of blessing and I am deeply grateful for the ways the Lord provided for us. However it was a chapter that our family was ready to close. We are welcoming the '14 with our arms and hearts wide open.
I felt last year that the word "trust" was going to be the theme of my/our year. ( You can read my post about it here). Was that an understatement. I felt like every turn there was an opportunity to exercise trust. Each day there was a choice to be made. I am so very grateful for it though. I learned more about waiting and being still than I knew I needed.
That being said, both Ryan and I have felt a stirring inside of us that this new season is going to be drastically different. That our time of feeling almost stagnant is a thing of the past. It has us wildly excited.
I've been asking the Lord for another "theme" for this year. Trust was such a gift to me before and I have been craving the same for the next. This morning it came.
Definition- adverb- in a continuing forward direction; ahead.
adjective-going further rather than coming to an end or halt; moving forward
When it came to me I squealed. This has been my heart's cry and it completely encapsulates what we have been asking for. I immediately started to search for scriptures on moving forward and when I read this, tears flooded my eyes. Isaiah 43:18-19.
Isaiah 43 is our family verse and life-line. Of course I would find it here.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
I love what it says in The Message as well
"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I am about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands."
This is quite the promise and I am holding fast to this word tighter than ever.
Cheers, 2014. You are already beautiful.