#AffirmationMonday: Something New
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)
I love the Christmas season, but to be honest with you, I get a really excited about the new year. For me, the new year has always signified fresh starts and new beginnings. It's another opportunity to live your life with purpose and meaning. Now I'm not one to make resolutions, because I don't believe that simply resolving to do something will lead to lasting change. I do, however, believe in creating a theme for the year-something that sets the tone and the stage for how I pursue life and make decisions. I start with one word that speaks to my spirit and then I find a bible verse that represents it. Here's mine for this year:
" For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5, NKJV)
To truly endure means that whatever I go through this year I can get through knowing that it won't last for a lifetime. When seasons change, the weather changes. Things that die off in the fall and winter gain new life in the spring and summer. I can see joy and peace even after pain. And I can experience love and a life with purpose because God is still in control. He holds it all. That gives me comfort because I know He sees me and He cares.
This new year is a blank slate. Maybe 2019 was more of a challenge for you. But I can tell you, from first hand experience, that life can come from death. That beauty can come from ashes. And that hope still floats. What's your one word theme for the year? We aren't big on printable pages (wasteful paper) but grab a journal and start writing until something sparks in you. If you're having trouble finding your theme or a bible verse to support it, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you out. Next week, we'll talk about setting goals to go along with the theme.
Our Affirmation for the Week:
I can endure whatever comes my way this year knowing that there is light at the end of this tunnel. I just have to see it.