Happy New Year!

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I want to wish every one of you a very happy New Year’s Eve and upcoming new year! I’m not one to get too excited about the numbers changing on the year, but it is a nice time to look back over the year and make goals/plans for the upcoming one. (Not really resolutions, because I feel like those fade around February … or the second week of January for me. 😊 )

When I look back over 2021, it kind of amazes me. Last year at this time, I had no idea I’d be a published author and have gained so many lovely friends. God does indeed work in miraculous ways! 😊 And of course, this year hasn’t been all rejoicing—there has been sorrow and grief and hardship. I still remember talking to my sister on New Year’s Day of 2020 (albeit, around 2 AM on New Year’s Day, post the sparkling apple cider, I think), and envisioning the decade that stood before us. Little did I know what was about to hit the entire world in three months. And little did I know that craziness would still be going on nearly two years later! Like so many people, this virus situation has changed my life in many ways. However, some people’s lives have been upended far more than mine. My disappointments and difficulties are nothing in comparison to many people’s. But in the midst of sorrow—whether it be great or seemingly great in the moment—there’s still a glorious truth. I remember thinking on part Lamentations 3 at the beginning of 2021.

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:21-26)

God is faithful, and it’s because of His mercies—His abundant mercies—that we are not consumed. He is enough for us—our portion. And this is why we can hope!

And even out of difficult times, He’s worked together to bring about good. If everything had continued as it had in 2019, I’m not sure if I would’ve published this year. I probably would have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, working and learning and performing. If I look back, I can probably see dozens of examples of this over my life. God has promised to work everything out for our good – even when it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. Even when it’s so hard and painful and terrible – the Lord is guiding our lives to be more conformed to the image of His Son. Christ suffered when He came to this earth, and we will do the same. We are called to die to ourselves, to take up our cross, and follow Him. Not easy at all. But He will work out all things for our good.

That’s a promise we can stand on – that’s a promise we can live on, like every other promise God has given that is yea and amen in Jesus. This year, I’m going to work on living on those promises. And by God’s grace, I will hope in Him.

Happy New Year, my friends. 😊

13 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. LOL, I like that running around like a chicken with its head cut off….How true!! Just to think of all the things we wouldn’t have done if life was “normal”….however you’d like to define that. 😏

    I remember when it was the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, Day (2020), in which my friend and I decided out-of-the-blue to make a future self video. She was thrilled about it being a new year.
    Well, 2021 came, and we told ourselves to never be eagerly anticipating the upcoming year because you don’t know what will happen. LOL!

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    • So true! It’s crazy to think about how much life has changed – in good ways, too! 🙂

      Awww, that’s still cool you made the video. It’ll be so neat to look back and see how God worked through your lives, even if things didn’t turn out exactly how you planned. 🙂

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      • I can agree with that! 😃

        Oy…but we were younger and more ambitious then. LOL!! (Okay, am I ambitious still? To some degree. Maybe not as much as I was then…but I still am. 😂)

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      • Hahaha, the ambition of youth, yes? 🙂 You might just be more realistic now. But there is that verse in Ephesians that talks about the Lord being able to do things far about what we even think or ask. So your future might be wilder than even your grand, youthful dreams! 🙂


  2. Great post, Vanessa. Despite the utter craziness and the darkness invading our country during these past two years, I’ve been amazed at how God is working everything together. Just goes to show how little we know and understand regarding the scheme of things. And congratulations on being published! “Unknown” is one of the first books on my 2022 TBR list.

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    • Amen, He is, far above what we can see or even imagine. And yeah, it kinda puts our pathetic human selves in perspective, right? 🙂

      And aww, thank you! It’s been such a blessing to be published – and through it, meeting wonderful people like yourself! 🙂

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  3. Great post!! It is so true, we never do know what the New Year will hold for us, but God is SO faithful through all of it! My family actually has that verse framed in our kitchen. So good! Thanks for the encouraging post and Happy New Year!

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    • Amen, He is! And that’s such a glorious verse (they all are, aren’t they?), and a great reminder for the good and the hard days. I love that it’s on your kitchen wall and so visible. 🙂

      Aw, thank you, and thank you for reading, Ava! 🙂

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