~ Blog post by Autumn Cockrell ~
It’s finally a new year!
Everywhere you go, you see people advertising what their New Year resolutions are, how they are going to be healthier this year, read their Bible more, do this, do that, and everything in between.
While everyone seems to have their life together, some of us feel stuck instead of rejuvenated by the New Year.
For many years, the beginning of a new year was difficult for me. It was a reminder that I was not where I wanted to be. My spiritual life was dull, I wasn’t in a relationship, my family life was not the best, and I overall focused on the negative aspects of my life.
It hit me one year that all I did was focus on the negative, instead of realizing the truth of God’s grace to me through the year.
However your year looked, remember that God has sustained you through it. Through all the ups and downs, happiness and heartbreak, God upheld you by His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). He never let you go, you were tucked safely under His wing (Psalm 91:4). Even in the lower parts of the year, think of how God blessed you through this year! I’m sure neither of us could think of every way God blessed us this year, let alone find a notebook large enough to write it all in!
As we enter 2022, I challenge you to count the blessings that God gave you in the last year. Even if 2021 was a dark year, try and remember all He did for you and, dear sister, your cup will overflow with joy. You might even find yourself looking forward to all He has in store for you in the New Year!
If you are truly unable to think of anything good to come out of this last year, I urge you to find rest in Jesus. If this next year is going to be hard for you, lean on Jesus. He sustained you through the last year, He will do this same for this year.
So here’s to the New Year!
I pray that the Lord will sustain you, keep you, and that you will see His goodness in your life. I think the best verse to send us off into the New Year, is Numbers 6:24-26:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”