New Year's Eve I thought to myself how good I felt about the coming New Year.
I felt full of hope and joyful expectancy about what God has in store for us for 2014.
Then I woke up on New Year's Day and thought to myself, "it's 2014!", but my mind didn't stop there.
My runaway thoughts continued,
"in only six more years it will be 2020. I'll be sixty-two in 2020!"
Then it got worse, "What are we going to do about retirement?
I wonder if we'll be in good health?"
New Year's Eve's hope and expectancy turned into New Year's Day worry, anxiety and fear,
the kind you can feel deep in the pit of your stomach.
It wasn't but a few minutes later that I clicked open Julie Garmon's blog.
She wrote about her word for 2014, "Enough".
It's a great post.
When I got to this line that Julie felt like God had spoken to her heart,
He used her sharing it to speak to my heart as well.
"You’ll never need more than I can provide."
The truth of this simple statement reverberated in my spirit,
chasing worry, anxiety and fear right out the door.
I copied the sentence into my journal, wanting to remember it,
wanting to keep it ready to use as a weapon of truth against satan's lies.
If there's one thing I've learned from hanging out here in the blogosphere the last few years,
it's that the body of Christ is real, living, active and widespread.
It's way bigger than just the people within the walls of my church or the confines of a denomination.
While this on-line world has it's pitfalls of corruption,
I've seen, I've received, more benefit than bad from it.
Prayer requests are prayed over,
burdens are lifted,
encouragement is given,
truth is spoken,
and, for me today, hope and joyful expectancy joy is restored.
My word for 2014 is JOY.