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Anticipation



“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: 19 (ESV)



I’m so grateful we are walking into this new year together! 

I don’t know about you, but even before the clock struck midnight, my mind began to think, “out with the old, and in with the new.”


There’s something about seizing new opportunities, and being able to embrace new beginnings that has always resonated with me. 


After just a few days in, I’m anticipating what God has in store for the year ahead. Just as the innkeeper made room for our Savior’s birth, I am wondering how I will make room for what God expects of me. 


How will God work in me and through me? 

What do I need to do to be open for him to spring forth a new and deeper way of being?


Having brainstormed personal and professional goals in a recent writing class, I met with my accountability partner, and chuckled after acknowledging that most of what I wrote had been touched on before.


My former self would have been quick to throw in the towel, or at least have a temper tantrum or two before moving on, but as I strive to evolve and emerge into the woman God calls me to be I have begun to think about what would happen if I shifted my thinking.


What if you and I pray about our goals, and anticipate that God will help bring them to completion? 

Looking at my notes, I thought of how in times past I had wandered and missed the mark. As you know it doesn’t take much for us humans to stray and falsely think we are serving God. The reality is we often wind up settling for worldly standards, and get so caught up in the spin cycle of pleasing people, and selfish gain that we fail the One who loves us most.


Today, friend, I invite you to  join me in believing in the God who believes in you. To anticipate and allow his leading to bring you wherever it is you need to be. 


Called and chosen we have repented, and “remember not the former things; nor consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43: 18). We can begin anew.


For He promises, “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 43:19).


Let’s pray.


Loving God,


You have made me a new creation. I praise you and thank you for walking beside me, and for reminding me to rely on your strength and not my own. Help me listen to the promptings of your Spirit as you direct my steps to create and complete God-ordained goals in your holy name. 


Amen.


Until next time…


May the Spirit of God lead you, the Word of God sustain you, and the promises of God grant you the gift of everlasting peace.


With love and blessings...


I’d love to hear your goals and what topics you’d like to discover more about in the coming year. Simply email me at sue@faithfirstwomen.com As always it is an honor and privilege to walk with you in prayer. Prayer requests may also be sent to this address. 


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