Be Encouraged for a New Year – Paul’s Goal

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Col. 2:2-3

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Not The Normal
While our normal year end goal setting activities include a variety of areas in our lives, this year my heart’s cry is a longing to embrace Paul’s goal in Colossians 2 with my whole heart. I need serious focus and audacious trust as I walk each day (In my case as I roll each day). When I focus on upcoming life changes and challenges, anxiety immediately wells up within me. Yet when I focus on the word of God and the love of Christ his peace settles me and assures me of his good gifts and promises. Christine Caine said it well this morning in her daily email devotion…

“God is so faithful. His mercies are new every morning. His love endures forever. He has gone before you. He is for you. He is with you!

New Normal
Don’t waste another minute today thinking about yesterday or last year. Don’t spend today fretting about tomorrow or the months to come in this new year. Enjoy today, be in today and trust God, for He knows the plans He has for you. They are plans for good and not for evil. Plans to prosper and not harm you! (See Jeremiah 29:11.)”. Christine Caine, First Things First

Welcome to the new year and prayers for much hope on the horizon of every new dawn ahead. Let us search our hearts and seek guidance for the Father’s desires – and trust his goodness as we live our daily moments,  our rising and setting each day, planning wisely for the future without forgetting our purposeful and precious current moments.

Grace and peace to you each day ahead as you walk through joys and sorrows.   We love to hear from you.  ~Madge