God’s 2019 Plan
As I begin the new year and finish a holiday season that has been different yet exciting, I pause to ponder what God has in store for me in 2019. I know before it even begins that it will be different for me in so many ways. Looking back I see God’s work so I look forward knowing that he has control. I guess as I begin this new year so differently than any other year, I have to stop and wonder why he has chosen to bless me. For many looking at my future, God is not visible just my own plan for a future, but I see God. My husband and I have prayed and researched the lifestyle we wanted to seek. We both see new ways to serve the Lord and explore the beauty of God’s creation. At times, we did try to push this plan and God, but each time he did not allow things to work out until now when everything just seems to be falling into place. It can only be God. In the words of Dabo Swinney after his big Win this past Monday night, “If we can do it, anybody can do it”. Dabo Swinney believed God blessed him not just on Monday night but many other nights leading up to Monday night, so why can’t I believe that God is blessing me in this new adventure in my life. How can I serve and seek him this year in new and different ways?
As I begin this new year, I will be thanking God for all his blessings and provisions for my life. I will do this first by studying His Word and seeking a closer relationship with Him. Verse 105 from Psalm 119 comes to mind this time of year. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” I want to find my path by shining His Light. I just finishing watching the movie The Case for Christ based on the true story about and written by Lee Strobel. I read this book quite a few years ago, so watching the movie was just a great reminder of the price Christ paid for my sins and how thankful I should be as I begin not just a new year, but a new chapter in my life. Walk with me Lord, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.
So I walk into this new year with Lord providing the path. I will find that path through Jesus because he is my way. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. I can honestly share that following God’s plan is so much easier and better. Contentment and Happiness can only be found in following Him, so I will seek the Lord’s Plan as Jeremiah states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Living for God
I am so excited to be able to live for Christ in 2019. I am looking toward the future and know that God will provide me with opportunities to see and share His Glory. I am ready for God’s Will are you?
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
Closing Verse: ““Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Challenge: Stop and Listen. What is God’s Plan? If you have not read or watched the movie, The Case for Christ, then I challenge you to choose one and dig in!