Where I'm Going This New Year
I love fresh starts. It is a reminder that our gracious God is not finished with me yet. With a new beginning is hope for a different ending.
Maybe you find yourself in a situation like mine: one where you thought you were going in one direction but find yourself on a road you never anticipated.
Our adoption affected my health, my marriage, my home, my ministry. I felt like a complete sham and hypocrite. I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I had been living.
Out of sheer desperation, I read the book What’s Best Next. How can followers of Christ continue to move forward in a world that is full of pain and disappointment? Is there a better way than grit-your-teeth survival mode?
I believe that in Christ, that answer is a resounding YES.
I don’t know what you might be facing this year, but I pray that we might walk together. I don’t have all your answers, but I hope to point you to the One who does.
I don’t want to wander through my life. I don’t want to miss out on the blessings of God because I am blinded by my daily realities. I want to be able to emerge on the other side with a love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5).
It has been hard to settle on a focus for this blog, but I think I’ve finally arrived at one for now. This year, I plan to put words to some of these ways God has started me on this journey. This month, I will start with some of the ways God has used to reorient me so I learn to walk by faith, not sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
Then, in the months to come, I plan to look at how He has rescripted my days in practical ways: in my life—spiritually, physically, and personally; in my relationships—marriage, children, and friendships; and in my work—within the home, at church, and here on this blog.
In the process, He is then rewiring me to live differently, even though the circumstances haven’t changed that much. Through the daily and the ordinary, the mundane and the repetitive, I trust He is shaping my heart to become like Christ.
This blog is a declaration of faith—faith that our lives, no matter how challenging, are in the hands of a good God who will transform our sufferings into good (Rom. 8:28).
Father, we live in a painful world. How often we resort to our own schemes and ways to escape. Would you guide us instead to a new way of living, that we might become victors, even in the midst of the hardships we face here? We need You to show us how. I need You to show me how. And I trust that with You, there is a way out so that there is triumph in the end.