As the calendar rolls from December 31 to January 1, it’s not unusual to hear the sentiment “out with the old and in with the new.” With the coming of 2018, however, I’ve realized I have been missing something old.
That something is this blog.
Dana and I started The Pink Typewriter Project because we wanted to spread some positivity and encouragement in the world, to be light in the darkness. On this first day of a new year, I’m convinced that the world needs for us to focus on kindness, encouragement, and being a blessing to others more than ever.
In previous years, Dana and I have both written about selecting a word for the year, some word or phrase to sum up our goals and to provide focus for the coming 12 months. The words I’ve chosen previously have served me well for those particular moments in time, but 2018 dawned with a new word in my heart:
I spent the last hour of 2017 reading a book by Bible teacher Joyce Meyer called “Get Your Hopes Up!” It’s about having God-centered hope. The book doesn’t promote pie-in-the-sky, all-rainbows-and-unicorns thinking. Instead, it encourages hope built on, as the old hymn put it, “nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” It’s about having confidence in God’s loving care for us and faith that He has prepared a future for us and is more than able to bring that future to be.
And that seems the perfect place to focus my attention in 2018 — in cultivating hope that is rooted in faith in Christ my Savior and in complete trust in His loving care for me.
So, I offer you the words of Romans 15:13 as my prayer for this new year: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust in him. - Romans 15:13 Click To Tweet