At the beginning of 2013, I was definitely not looking forward to it. So many terrible things had already happened at the start of the year. I really cried a lot during the beginning of 2013. I can’t even remember how many nights I’ve spent crying.

The decisions I’ve had to make this year were important and the kind of decisions that you weigh carefully, the kind of decisions that help shape you as a person. I went in to 2013 with one goal: PATIENCE. It was a lofty goal and one of the virtues I lack most. The result, now that the year is almost over, has been overwhelmingly positive. I feel that I’ve grown considerably and been hugely productive.  So if last year was an exercise in patience (and, yes, it certainly was), 2014 will be an exercise in hard work and love.  I don’t suspect that next year will be easy, but I know with God’s help and his enduring strength I will make.

There have been moments of extreme, uncontrollable laughter with friends and family, of which there have been so very many…and each and every one might not be specifically memorable, but without these moments I simply wouldn’t be able to make it through the hard days. It is the moments of pure joy that make life worth living.

To sum it up, 2013 has changed me. I have grown significantly spiritually. I’m no longer going to slack and procrastinate needlessly. I need to work hard. I got to push myself to be the best I possibly can. For the upcoming 2014, I am going to drive myself to do better.

Thank you so much to all who follows my blog,  read my devotionals and to all reader, commentator, and those who liked my posts … This year has been great, and I am sure we will have a better year in 2014 ….

My dear friends here’s hoping the new year will be every way complete.  I wish you all a prosperous and peaceful 2014, a year to enjoy life for the blessing it truly is. With happiness, success, good health and all that makes life sweet.

Hope for Tomorrow

Scripture Reference: 2 Timothy 1:7

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control 2 Timothy 1:7. 

I am certain, as the sun inched its way over the mountains that morning, that neither Goliath nor the Israelites had any idea that this day would be different. A young handsome teenager stepped into the valley of fear, fresh from the presence of God.

David, the youngest in a family of eight boys could not believe the scene before him. Tossing the giant’s threats and obvious advantage aside, David refused to accept what he saw. Instead, he chose to believe what he knew in his heart; this giant was going down. With simple but certain faith and unreserved confidence in God, David stepped through the fear, ushering in the mighty presence and power of God. Goliath not only met David that day, He met the Lord of Heaven and earth. And the giant fell! Giants always fall in the presence of God.

We stand on the threshold of a new year – a new beginning! If you are like me, you face 2014 with mixed emotions. Personally, I am thrilled that I survived 2013! There were certainly moments when I wondered if I would.

Financial surprises seemed constant.

Yep! I am glad to see 2013 go, but I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness and provision every day of that year. I learned so much. I didn’t always like God’s plan for teaching me His truths, and honestly, I often failed to understand why things had to happen the way they did. But I can also say with assurance that God was with me every step of the way – and His presence was more than enough to get me through it all.

Still, I am excited about a fresh start, a brand new set of days overflowing with new dreams and unmarked possibilities, but I also know this year is crammed full of the unknown as well as a giant or two.

I am not a fan of giants, and if I am brutally honest, I have to admit that the unknown fashions a pocket of fear in my heart where questions and doubts thrive. I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I do know that I have to face that fear and refuse to let it take up residence in my heart and mind.

The good news is what lies ahead is no surprise to God. In fact, He has already been where you and I are going. That reason alone empowers us to face every tomorrow with hope, knowing that whatever touches us passes through His hands, with His permission.

It is not God’s plan for us to dwell in fear or for fear to rule our lives. He has already set in motion the defeat and fall of every giant we will ever face. Our responsibility is to step through our fear, facing every giant in God’s power and with His promises. The Holy Spirit will guide the path of His truth to its destined mark, taking down the giants lurking in the shadows of every tomorrow.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever! The days ahead are saturated with the memory of Goliath’s fall when one very unlikely shepherd boy chose to put his trust in Almighty God, the Giant Killer. We can make that same choice.

So then friend, I ask you, what is there to fear?

Father, I come to You by faith, laying every fear and worry at Your feet. I am not sure what this year holds for me, but I do know You are with me every step of the way. When I am tempted to worry, please remind me to trust You. When fear attacks, help me choose to pray instead of panic, knowing You are my Lord and my Shepherd. I praise You for Your faithfulness in my life, even when I don’t understand and can’t see the next step. I praise You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

December 31, 2013

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