Overall, 2017 was a great year for me. Many of my loved ones celebrated life-defining moments that I was able to be a part of. I graduated from college and got a job in my field. I turned 23 years old. I joined a new serve team at my church and I also led a small group. I learned how to manage my time better and how to gain more control over my emotions. I grew in confidence and grace, and most importantly, I grew in my relationship with God.
Lately, I have been feeling as though 2018 will be my ‘Year of Faith.’ Yes, I trust in God. I depend on Him to provide and protect me on a daily basis. I believe He exists and I know He is good. If I’m ever down or in need something, I know He will take care of me. But this year, I believe that God really wants me to walk by faith, and to trust Him with something bigger. I believe this year will also be a time of me being refined and just continuing to grow in who God created me to be.
I have no idea what 2018 holds. But, I do know I’m ready for it. I know God will never leave me. I know that if He has called me to something, He will provide and He will open doors of opportunity for me. I know that not everyone will understand, and that’s okay. I want to make sure I’m living for the audience and approval of One. This year, I want to be pure in every form; worshipping God with my life, my actions, my body, my thoughts, everything. I want to be more intentional about being intentional… as well as being a light and being grace.
Here’s a verse that has really stood out to me. I heard it 3 times within the first two days of the year. And I want to take it with me into 2018.
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
This passage is my prayer for 2018, and all of the years to come. I believe that when God is the center and the essence of your life, you simply cannot go wrong. Sometimes we become so busy and distracted that we forget that we’re here for a purpose, and that there is life after this one. I am so thankful that Jesus came to give us eternal life, and to also give us the gift of salvation. What are your 2018 goals?