2020 has been hard and I know we’re all happy to say goodbye to it, but in a lot of ways, it’s been amazing. For me, anyway. My debut book released, I received a new 2-book contract, and I retired! All in four months! I feel blessed.

I hear you. Many would not say the same thing. There’s been heartache, sickness, and tragedy…one after the other. How can we find JOY in all that? It’s hard. However, even in the midst of the hurt, I’ve heard many say they’ve seen God’s hand along the way. How can we see it with so much happening? 

We just need to know where to look. 

Not always easy, but possible. Do we look in the right places? I need to ask God for guidance. To show me exactly what HE wants me to see. To show me the way. His way.

It seems like I just said Happy New Year not that long ago, right? Little did we know we would all be hibernating with COVID-19 lockdowns. Here we are a year later and my province is back in lockdown. Does that bring fresh fears for 2021? Will it end up like 2020?

I don’t know, but I do know one thing.

We have hope in the unknown. God is still in control. No matter what.

So, as we hibernate this coming winter, let’s remember where we need to put our hope.

In the One who holds everything in His hands.

My 2021 One Word

Every year I like to think of a word to focus in on all year round. It seems to be the thing to do instead of resolutions. I also like to set goals. Specifically writing goals. Write more, read more, etc.

This year I’ve chosen the following word. Drumroll please . . .

HOPE

I place my hope in the unknown and hope in knowing God is in control and with us—no matter the circumstances.

Have you chosen a 2021 word? If so, what did you choose?

But those who HOPE in the Lord
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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