What does 2021 hold?

The great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, once wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft a-gley.” I would roughly translate it: our best plans usually mess up.

My husband and I made 2020 plans, but the Lord saw fit to change them up, show His hand in the solutions, and guide us through. We are thankful. Many days, I had to consciously choose to worship, and it was the best theme word for the year I could have chosen. (Scroll down to the previous post to read the specifics.)

Now, we’re beginning a New Year. It brings with it some bright hopes and also trepidations. Optimists see it as a clean slate. Pessimists are scared to crack the door open to 2021. I personally look forward to getting settled, if God permits.

Last year–seems funny to say that–we sold our home back in Spain, moved to the United States, and are presently living with family. My husband and I look forward to having our own home and we’re actively working on that. Everything on this side of the ocean is new and different. Most proceedings require paperwork and patience, and I foresee more of that.

What does 2021 hold?

Only the Lord knows.

The Bible gives some great advice: Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that (James 4:13-15).

In the great scheme of things, our lives are so short, the Lord compares them to water vapor. We are fog, clouds, steam-like. Ephemeral. With eternity in view, our lives are mere blips on the time line.

But, this doesn’t mean our lives are unimportant or insignificant. They are. God is involved and He will guide us well. If He wills, we shall live and do this, or that. It’s a great way to live and the right way to die. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death (Psalm 48:14).

If I had made my own plans last year and everything had gone perfectly according to them, I would not have been able to watch God do the impossible, move “mountains,” and give supernatural strength. I would have depended on myself to do it all—and would’ve failed miserably. The reason we are where we are today is because of God’s guidance, enabling, and provision.

What does 2021 hold?

It’s an opportunity to trust the Lord even more. We can hold onto His hand and follow Him. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24). Following Jesus means denying self and identifying with Him.

What an opportunity! We get to follow God as He leads us perfectly. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him (Psalm 18:30).

The word buckler is a shield. It is better than any corona virus shield or vaccine. God Himself is a body shield for us. His way is perfect, and His Word has been proven.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee (Psalm 5:11).

I am going to choose JOYFUL as my theme word for 2021, knowing that I can be joyful in Jesus, whatever my circumstances.

If you choose a theme word or theme verse or phrase for this New Year, please feel free to share it in the comments.

Happy New Year!

Scary enough?

Has 2020 been scary enough for you?

Someone even suggested canceling Halloween, since the horror is so real. They have a point.

Covid, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, landslides, flooding … it’s been one of those years. Nobody wants more horrors.

The mainstream media tries to keep us in fear. I have no idea what is true and what isn’t. Is anyone telling the truth? Who knows?

It has been a difficult year. In January, we were looking forward to blessings. Instead, we got shut down at the beginning of March.

That’s one way to look at it.

Thankfully, there’s another way to see 2020 (the pun just happened).

  • God never changes. For I am the LORD, I change not (Malachi 3:6a).
  • He is faithful. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God (Deuteronomy 7:9a).
  • The Lord is active in the affairs of His people. The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men (Psalm 11:4).
  • God rules the world. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah (Psalm 66:7).

This doesn’t mean that Christians won’t go through some lean years. These have always happened, and they always will—until the milennium, which will be amazing. (See Revelation 20:2-6.)

Until then, Christians need to trust the Lord. I am preaching to myself, too.

Our family has seen so many answers to prayer since this all started that it’s impossible to ignore the Lord’s hand in our lives. We praise Him.

A friend shared this verse, which seems especially appropriate in this scary year, 2020: In the fear of (respect for) the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26).

Are you God’s child? But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).

If you have received Jesus as your personal Savior from sin, you have this place of refuge. Be encouraged today.

If you would like to read more about the good news of salvation, you might enjoy this post.

A Phrase for 2019


A lot of my organized friends have already chosen a word or a theme for the new year. The more “with it” friends had chosen theirs before the end of last year. Instead of thinking very deeply in December, I was visiting with my family. So now, home again and jet lagged, I have time to meditate, pray more, and look somewhat sanely at the year ahead.

It’s already full of mountains and valleys. It’s unsure. I find myself wondering, anxious, and questioning.

It’s barely begun.

I’m the kind of person who likes to know what’s going to happen, so I can prepare.

But, who can prepare me for the unknown? Who can lead me through the labyrinth of this year? Who will take me by the hand? And, whom can I trust—completely?

Who’s the best provider? Who will show me the way, if I am only willing to trust?

I’m sure you’ve guessed. The Lord. God.

He has led me all my life. Even before my birth He knew me. He saved me when I was a young lady. He has led me in so many marvelous adventures and carried me through the awful times. He’s the One who knew my limits when I couldn’t take any more. He’s the One who meets me through His Word.

The Lord is amazing. He knows everything—all about 2019. Time doesn’t limit Him. He is everywhere, all the time, preparing my way. He hears my prayers and knows my needs before I even know them myself.

So, I will trust.

Remembering His faithfulness through my fifty-year walk with Jesus, I know by experience that He delights in doing the impossible—in surprising me with His goodness. (Though, why should I be surprised? God is good.)

God loves and cares for me. It never ceases to amaze me that He actually cares for a silly person with an abstract mind. He cares for me personally, and the awesome God who created the universe constantly shows me his love. He loved me so much He gave His lifeblood for me—and is preparing a place for me.

Knowing God’s character, I can trust Him in every detail of 2019.

I told you I can see the bumps and valleys. I have a feeling God sees 2019 as one straight, level line. And my labyrinth? He knows the way. It’s already mapped and memorized.

I need only to hold His hand.

What’s my phrase for 2019?

“trusting God through the labyrinth”

We’ll get through it together—around every twist and turn. And, I promise I’ll tell you all about it as we go!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8).

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).