New year, new _____

Everyone likes to fill this tiny little phrase with something inspiring to motivate them to make change in the upcoming year. Whether it’s a new you or a new resolution, January is one of the easiest months to confidently make a change. There is something utterly refreshing about starting a brand new year. A blank slate. A fresh new chapter in life that has not yet been experienced, tainted, or touched. 

But often, resolutions seem to center around bettering oneself without the help of God’s grace or mercy. I hope that this year through my #16in2016 the ultimate focus will be for God to shape and mold me to be the person he longs for me to be. 

My striving to be and achieve is so self-centered sometimes that I forget that my purpose on this Earth is not to gratify myself, but to bring glory and honor to His name alone. Is it just me or do you constantly need to be reminded of that? 

This world of instant gratification makes it that much more difficult to think long-term and to wait patiently on God’s timing. Instead of doing the typical monthly challenge I’ve been doing the past 6 months, I’ve decided to pray over a word for the entire year. 2016 is the year of SOVEREIGN 

God is ultimately sovereign over ALL. He orchestrates all circumstances for his  glory and our greater good. Waiting for the next big break, the next yes, the next open door is hard, but finding trust and faith that God is in control is what gives me peace in the waiting. Lately I’ve been tested and tried in the realm of patience at work and in applying for PA school. My understanding of the future and even the circumstances of my day are ever changing. I look towards the future often more longingly than I appreciate the present. But understanding that God has all of my days in the palm of his hand is such comfort. No matter what people say or do, God is SOVEREIGN. He is in greater control than I. 

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. || Proverbs 19:21

Join me in 2016 by praying for greater faith and understanding in the SOVEREIGNTY of God.

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