“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:19
My son, Ezra, is 16 months old. So, this past year included a lot of “new things”. He crawled for the first time. Took his first steps. We celebrated his first birthday in August. He went to daycare and got sick for the first time. He’s also gotten lots of new teeth.
I’ve noticed something about the big developments in Ezra’s life. Before each one he doesn’t sleep very well for a few days, he’s a little crankier than normal, and sometimes he doesn’t eat much. His body knows something new is happening.
Isn’t that true with new things in our own lives? As we’re getting ready for a change—jobs, kids, marriage, a new phase of life—we feel the tension it. (Even if it’s a good thing.) We might experience lack of sleep and be a little crankier than normal as well!
New Is Not Always Welcomed
New is not always exciting to us, isn’t that right? Sometimes I dread change. It’s scary. And different. And I don’t always understand it or want it.
But each time I find that God is good, faithful and gives me grace. And I can see His hand in the new things.
So, are you ready for 2019’s “new things”?
3 Ways to Get Ready for 2019
Here are three ways to prepare yourself for the new things taking place in 2019.
- Think Through 2018
Remember all that God did this past year? Good things, hard things. Praise God for them, talk through them with your spouse, friend or family member. It’s good to process all that has happened.
- Pray for 2019
Spend some time praying through new things you want to happen. Ask God for them. Also, pray for the things you know are coming in 2019 that you aren’t ready for. Ask God for endurance, peace, and trust in Him.
- Make Goals for 2019
Maybe you’ve already thought of the things you want to accomplish in the next year. Write them down! You will be so much more likely to see them through if you can reference them over and over.
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