Another year is coming to a close. I’m feeling a mixture of melancholy and hopeful anticipation. I feel that way every year around this time. I mourn the things that get left behind and eagerly anticipate a new beginning.
Some things SHOULD be left behind; unhealthy habits, negative circumstances, unhealthy relationships and while it can be sad to let go of the unhealthy things that I am comfortable with, I know it will be for my good in the long run.
I absolutely LOVE fresh starts and clean slates. The Bible tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning. I feel like the start of a new year is a HUGE new mercy! I don’t necessarily do “resolutions” – carved in stone, I AM going to do this kind of resolve because that doesn’t last for me. I like to think of it more as setting guidelines or maybe even dream casting. Being the dreamer that I am I like that one better.
I am also a planner junky. I LOVE sitting down around the last week of the year surrounded by; my new planner, colorful pens, stickers, whatever other arts and crafts accessories I’m into at the moment, and writing out my dreams for the coming year. Really thinking about what I want my life to look like. What I want to look like. It fills me with such hope!
As I make my plans for the coming year, I am well aware that they are just that – plans. Plans change, go awry, or simply go away. I can make all the plans I want, but ultimately God has all of my plans already worked out. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. – Proverbs 19:21. It’s fun to plan anyway, and I don’t mind that God is in control because His plans are always better than mine anyway even if I don’t see it at first.
So, I guess you could say that I dream about what the coming year could be all the while yielding to what God has in store for me. In fact, I eagerly anticipate what God has in store. Blessings, challenges, growth, it’s all for good. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11. Whatever happens in this life, I have the hope of eternity and a future in Christ! The rest is gravy.
What are your dreams for the new year? Write them down. Don’t think about how practical or actually feasible they might be, just dream! Dream big! Let yourself be okay if the dreams don’t come true right away, or if they remain dreams. Having them is the win!
Have a Dreamy New Year! ☺️💕