Only two more sleeps till we cue the confetti for the new year. For the new decade.
This is one of my favorite times of the year – the slow week between the frenzy of Christmas and return to normal after New Year’s Day. It’s a week of planning, of dreaming and of starting healthy new habits. On the cusp of a new year, I often wonder what it will hold. What surprises? What challenges? The days glimmer with endless possibility.
Amidst so much unknown, one thing is guaranteed: God will call every single one of us to exercise big faith. It’s not just probable; it’s certain. How do I know? Because God calls every believer to live by faith. Look at these verses:
For we walk by faith, not by sight. —2 Corinthians 5:7
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
And without faith it is impossible to please God… —Hebrews 11:6
Maybe the days don’t look so glimmering after all. Because we want the sure path. We want to see where we’re going, know what’s coming and be able to handle it.
But God calls us to live in absolute trust in Him.
And it’s when God calls us to impossible paths, where we can’t see what’s ahead and we can’t manage on our own that we come to know God even more. We see His power and provision, His goodness and wisdom. And we fall in love all over again with the One who is faithful and true.
What does the year ahead hold? Only God knows. But we can step into in with full confidence that God’s got us too.
—Lisa Appelo and the She Found Joy team
P.S. Today, we want to invite you to dream with God about what 2020 could look like. Tell Him what is on your heart and ask Him what might be on His heart for you. If you don’t hear anything immediately, keep pressing in and waiting in the secret place for what God might want to say to you. Write everything down so that when the year is over, you can see how God was moving in those areas.
Lisa Appelo writes stories of hope and encouragement when walking through the hard places. She’s a former attorney who pushed pause on career to home educate and raise her seven children. Happily married to her high school sweetheart for 25 years and in the throes of a busy household, life as she knew it collapsed around her. Her world shattered into a thousand irretrievable pieces when she awoke in the dark hours one summer morning to her husband’s final breaths.
As a single mom and unexpected widow, Lisa writes about God’s faithfulness in the hard. She peels back the vulnerabilities of heartbreak and fear and an unknown future, anchored always by the practical and spiritual faithfulness of an amazing God. Lisa welcomes others who need the hope and encouragement of a God who loves and heals at lisaappelo.com.