Reflecting on the past is an important part of preparing for the future. With 2019 rolling and school back in session, it’s important to take a moment to focus on what we learned in our most recent season, whether it was full of joy or maybe more difficult.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the verses we shared throughout December, viewing these through a fresh lens and how they can encourage us while entering into the new year.
Seasons. With each new season comes new opportunities, new tasks and new challenges. The change of seasons can be exciting; filled with anticipation and hope for what’s to come. But the change of seasons can also bring feelings of anxiety as we await the unknown of what’s ahead. As one year winds down a new year waits in the shadows, what is your hope for 2019?
Each day in life is a blank slate, waiting for us to write new moments and watch our life stories unfold. And even though the newness of each day is fresh and sweet, it also brings uncertainty. No matter how much we plan and prepare, things can change in an instant, redirecting our paths in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
Pray. Proclaim. Practice.
From the moment we’re born, our entire life is measured by growth. As newborns, we’re weighed to the ounce and measured to the quarter of an inch. As we get older, we attend check-up after check-up to ensure that we are growing at a healthy rate. In our homes, we often have a wall dedicated to a series of tally marks documenting height as we grow throughout childhood.
Characters of Courage: Esther
Courage. When it comes to characters who are constantly courageous, superheroes are the quickest to come to mind. In movies and on TV, these heroes never seem afraid to do whatever it takes to save the day. Superheros are fearless in the face of danger, because they’re confident in their power. They don’t have to be afraid, because they know they have the strength to rise to any challenge.