The last 41 days of 2020, which included Thanksgiving and Christmas, I spent over one thousand miles from home.

I had mixed emotions when the idea first popped into my head back in October, but as it grew closer and closer, I felt the Lord confirming this radical decision. And, thankfully, I have a husband that bends to the prods I feel, as coming from the Lord.

More and more I desire to live a life that reflects a heart seeking only the approval of my Father and my days to be filled with service that is testifying of my Savior. And while I consider my marriage vows and marriage certificate to point to my husband first and foremost in this serving, I also, now that my children are grown, feel I can look outside of my home (Proverbs 31) and (with said husband’s approval) help bear some burden along the way.

As I considered a verse for 2021, to hang my hat on, many have come to mind. The following 3 verses each capture a picture of what I feel the Lord is showing me. Since I have always struggled in choosing just one, this really is not surprising.

So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom

Psalm 90:12, NASB

With age, comes the realization of the brevity of this life and the desire to grow in wisdom so that “on that day” as the Apostle Paul states many times, I can present to my Savior and Lord a heart that has grown in godly wisdom in order that I will hear, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant!”

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV

Our lives are fashioned for God’s purposes and plans, for His glory, not our own. Yet, God’s mercies are in abundance and His faithfulness is great. So, remember, no matter what we face in this life, we never have to wonder if we are loved, we never have to wonder if we are forgiven, and we never have to hang our heads in shame because of past mistakes. He remains faithful even when we are not!

And thirdly,

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9, ESV

There is so much that this New Year can provoke: Fear being the number one traveling partner. But do not allow fear to be your companion! A spirit of fear is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7). So, if you find fear lingering, you are allowing the enemy to gain a foothold. Instead, God’s Word instructs us to be STRONG: fierce, powerful, and passionate; As well as, COURAGEOUS: daring, brave and bold! Why? Because He IS with us! And He goes wherever we go!! Even if it happens to be a hospital room. So, reach down deep into the promises of God and get “Gutsy!”

 What do you need “guts” for in the New Year?

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