Hope In The New Year

Well, here we are at the end of January 2019! At the beginning of each year I take the first month and just reflect, pray and think of the year ahead. I do very little social media and no blogging.  I like to hear what the Lord says, and not be swayed by what I read everyone else is saying or doing.

I look at a new year like a book that is nothing but white space on each page. The pages are empty. Nothing has been written yet. We don’t know what each chapter (month, week or day) is going to look like.
 
We have the hope this year will be different. We hope we’ll lose that weight and actually exercise more this year. We hope that our temper will be more subdued. We hope we can stick to that budget we made last year. We hope to allow the fruit of the Spirit to be more evident in our life (Galatians 5:22-23). We hope those projects that haven’t been finished get done. We hope relationships that are strained will be healed.
 
We want to see God do something new in our lives and in those around us.
 
And that is what a new year is to me… an opportunity to watch and see God do a new thing!
 
I have been waiting for so many years for the main bathroom in our house get done! I mean literally…years! We have lived in our house 38 years! Other projects have come and gone and still there’s the main bathroom with the Mamie Eisenhower pink tile! Seriously, google it and you will find some interesting facts about her love of pink. It seemed fitting for the fashion and decor of that era to have pink kitchens, bathrooms and appliances. Our house was no different. I use to have a pink oven, yup pink! I have at times just given up hope of that bathroom ever getting redone. Now mind you, the bathroom is very functional and don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful for my bathroom.  It. Is. Just. Really. Pink. So, I have resolved myself to the fact that I would be living with a pink bathroom for probably a few more years to come.
 
We have a tendency to get that same attitude with our spiritual lives, don’t we?  We lose hope. We have prayed so often, and our hearts have longed for a change. We wonder if our circumstances or the  and season we’re in will ever change or end.
 
I’ve already had friends tell me they’d like to hit the restart button, get a do over! The issues and situations that they were dealing with in the previous year is following them into this one and it has been disappointing for them already.  They start to lose hope, wondering if God will indeed do a new thing.
 
Are you expecting God to do a new thing in your life? That may seem overwhelming when you consider your present circumstances but take courage – the Bible declares that God has made a way, made the crooked path straight, and He has provisions for you.

We are barley into this new year. Don’t lose hope.

Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
 
Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us.”
 
I am happy to say that the pink bathroom is now a memory in my mind and memorialized in a few photos! 
Jeff, my husband, back in November was checking some of the plumbing and noticed a pipe was bad under the vanity sink. He decides the pipe needed to be replaced. However, he didn’t want to put new plumbing on a sink that was desperately in need of replacing. The next thing I know the vanity and sink is being taken out. That of course leads to what we call the domino effect! One thing leads to another. And before I knew it the pink walls were coming down and the tub was being ripped out. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. Finally, we were going to get a new bathroom with no pink tile. We are still in the remodeling process!
 
I use this bathroom as a simple illustration of hope and a new thing! I had given up hope on a new bathroom. And here before my eyes a new thing was being done.
 
Sometimes it’s the little things that can renew our hope, like an updated bathroom.
 
I don’t take lightly your circumstances or situation. I have had a few challenges already these past 30 days of the new year. But I have hope. I believe God IS doing a new thing.
 
So much is on the horizon, so much lies ahead. Don’t be discouraged by bumps in the road or detours on the path. Continue to trust, put your faith in God and believe that He is doing a new thing, this year—in your life!
 
I leave you with this verse… “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23
 
What are you believing God to do new this year for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 
Blessings to you my friend,
Jeannine