First of all, let me begin by saying “A Blessed New Year to everyone!” My blog has been inactive for several weeks because of the holidays. Last month, at the very least was BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! In between shopping and wrapping gifts, we hosted a lot of parties at our house and did a lot of fun activities with our children. Christmas indeed is the most wonderful time of the year!

Now onto my blog. To be honest, 2011 for me got off to a rough, shaky start. Like all of you, I was very hopeful for this new year! A fresh start, new beginnings, exciting promises I am holding on to. But different situations seemed to go against this notion of “hopeful anticipation.” Situations that could easily have shattered my 2011 dreams had I given in to fear and hopelessness. No wonder, God had to remind Joshua many times not to be afraid or discouraged as they entered the promise land. God knew that we could easily get our eyes off Him and on our situations. I like how my husband puts it, if we focus our eyes on God, our situations shrink to their proper size.

FAther's armsDeut 1: 30-31 says ““Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

As I start this new year and take hold of the promises of God in my life, I just have to remember one thing: My Father carries me and will carry me through the ups and downs of this year. As I conquer my own “promised land”, there will be battles to fight, giants to kill, but God has gone before me and will fight for me. I am still very much hopeful. I don’t expect a smooth year, but I know God will carry me through the rough patches. And there is no better place for me but to be in my Father’s arms.

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