Barefoot Devotions // Lessons From The Holler

New Year: Hopes, Expectations & Reality

We have made it to a new day and a new year. I’ve contemplated what I want to accomplish and the changes in my life that I want to make for the new year. This morning I woke up to a text from someone I consider one of my best friends. Little does she know, one of my resolutions is to always wake up to Jesus and His word. The passage she sent me was perfect for me to read on this first day of January.

Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

I always start the year off with a hopeful heart and a mindset to make changes to areas in my life for the better. However, along the way and after a few bumps on my path, I falter. The enemy knows the weakness of my flesh and he knows how to make me stumble. I think this has been the reason why I usually don’t make resolutions. I don’t keep them. I can honestly say, I never have. But ya know what? I’m not perfect. Ya know what else I know? If I do fall to temptation and eat the fudge covered brownie and ice cream, say a swear word or even say or think something I shouldn’t… God has already been before me. His son Jesus died on a cross and forgave my sins a long time ago. He knows what my future holds and He already knows every detail of my life, mind and how I will react to any situation I may be faced with this upcoming year. With Him, every day is made new.

Even if we falter, His grace and mercy are always available to us to help us through any hardship we are faced with. When life gets tough and you feel as you can’t go on or what’s the point in even trying, will you go to His throne room? The place of love, peace, grace and mercy that His son Jesus died for us to have continual access Him? Once you do meet Him there, dust off your knees and pick up where you left off and do better. Use it as a learning experience to grow into the person He has called you to be. It’s not going to be easy but with Him all things are possible. He cares for you in a way that is too indescribable and cares for all of your hopes and dreams. After all, He did give you those when He made you.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:23

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Regardless, the reward will be well worth it. His throne room is always open and His arms are always open with grace and mercy that each of us need on a daily basis. Will you go boldly to Him as you live each day of your life?

That is my resolution. To go boldly in all things. To live boldly for Him and allow all of my hearts desires, dreams and hopes fall into place for His glory. To live for His perfect plan for the days He has had mapped out for my life since before I was knit together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139 13:14

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

It is wonderful knowing that God makes every day new, even on our worst days. Lets be bold this year and boldly accept His plan for our lives. Even when trials come, let us remember that we started a new year off to a better us and even when we falter, every day is made new.

Wishing you God’s best for your life and with much love,

Hannah B. (2)

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