Expect in 2018

And so it begins…Thoughts of the New Year. What will 2018 hold for us? Will this be the year that I will finally loose weight, get healthy, find a spouse, get out of debt, find a job? Is this the year of my breakthrough? Is this year when all of heaven and earth align and I will finally have the dream life I want? That’s a lot of pressure to put on a year.

And so we end the now Old year filled will with regret and disappointments. God has said to me, “Don’t take 2017 disappointments into 2018.”

God does not see our lives in years. Our lives are not timed tests that must be completed by the end of the year. God’s promises for us do not expire at midnight every December 31. Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David promises took years before coming to fulfillment. I wonder how many times they thought, “This will be the year, I will see the fulfillment of God’s promise”, only to go into the next year closer but not quite there.

So do not look back at 2017 with disappointment, regret, asking God “when”, because every promised was not fulfilled in 2017. Look forward to 2018 with anticipation and hope because more of the promise will be fulfilled.

I encourage you to make a list of all the ways you were blessed in 2017. Write down every prayer answered, every door opened. This will excite you as you go into 2018. Because I guarantee in 2018 you will see the goodness of God, you will experience His love, you will see answered prayers.

Expect in 2018. Do not carry 2017 disappointments into 2018.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:32‬ ‭NIV

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