Streams in a Wasteland

I was going to post a big year-end wrap up. Funnily enough that’s how this blog started back three years ago this week! I was going to follow the trend that this time of year brings, and then I was looking back through a book I finished over the last nine days.

It struck me that this year has been one of the hardest of my life. I could flip back through the pages that have been written on my heart, but you all have seen that in my writing here and elsewhere. You’ve heard me talk about the stress, the pain, and the heartache.

Photo property of Sara Stacy. Do not copy or use.
Photo property of Sara Stacy. Do not copy or use.

While I don’t discount those things in the least, I know I cannot dwell on them. I most certainly do not want to carry them into 2014. So today I say goodbye to this year, and the things it brought into my life and the things it took out. I leave 2013 here on December 30th with bittersweet memories.

I look ahead to joy and hopefulness, to a life lived out fully with the scale tipped more on the joy and less on the stress. I pray today, with just 39+ hours left in this year, you are able to put away this year and pray through the beginning of 2014. There are 525,949 minutes awaiting you in 2014. Don’t waste one of them on 2013’s memories.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.    Isaiah 43:18, 19

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