I’m so thankful for the new year!

Last year had stories, loads of stories, but more than the stories, it had victories. All I can say is that God is faithful.
I know this from experience, not just from information I have lived in His faithfulness, I have lived in His goodness, and with each new day I see His love afresh, I see even more faithfulness, grace, goodness and mercy.

I am expectant for 2019. So expectant, for all His love and goodness brings. I pray you catch a glimpse of it, because it’s right there for you to see, if only you would pause, take your eyes off all that threatens your peace and look. He is near, and He is willing.

Yesterday at the train station (I’m in London at the moment), this guy walked up to my sister and I, he was smoking and obviously very drunk. He said “Jesus loves me, but this is a hindrance” refereeing to his smoking. (I really don’t know why of everyone there, he came to us… It just had to be God) Then he sang for us, saying God had given him a gift but he wasn’t using it. I could feel his struggle, knowing there was a true love existing for him, but feeling he couldn’t rest in it because of his shortcomings.

Your shortcomings are not enough to truncate this love of God. I told Him God loved Him still, even If he was drinking and smoking… I told him, the more you lean on this love, the easier it is to let go of these things you feel are holding you back. I told him God loves him as he is, and it was his condemnation of self holding him back. He approached us with knowledge of love, and knowledge of condemnation, but the weight of his knowledge of condemnation overshadowed that of his knowledge of love. There is no condemnation for those in Christ. None! For He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save us from sin.

I didn’t plan on writing about my encounter last night, but it just found a way of coming into this post.

I pray you find this love that doesn’t condemn. I pray you shut out the voice of condemnation in your head and come as you are. Because God loves you.
Let this year be the year you encounter His goodness, His love, His faithfulness, His goodness, because they are there for you in abundance.

Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.
    Come away with me!
    I have come as you have asked
    to draw you to my heart and lead you out.
    For now is the time, my beautiful one.
 The season has changed,
    the bondage of your barren winter has ended,
    and the season of hiding is over and gone.
    The rains have soaked the earth
 and left it bright with blossoming flowers.
    The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.
    I hear the cooing of doves in our land,
    filling the air with songs to awaken you
    and guide you forth.
Songs of Song 2:10-12(TPT)

This has been my story: rising up and following Christ.
My heart’s cry from when I was little, to know more of Him beyond the knowing... He has come as I have asked Him and He leads me in paths of righteousness. With me sometimes stopping where I ought not to... but always picking up and moving as He leads.

It’s a beautiful path!
The season has changed and the bondage of my barren winter has ended. It’s warmth all around... even when it feels like I’m in deep waters, there’s a warmth of comfort and grace giving me strength always.

God is faithful... I’m still following Him. And we stepped into 2019 together. He and I.
I am remembering all His promises, His whispered words of grace and love, and I am rejoicing over these precious words.
He wants you on this journey him as well.
He loves you.
Let 2019 be the year you let the light of His truth in and experience the glow of His love and the Salvation it serves you. Let the songs of His love awaken you and guide you forth.
Thank you for always coming back here even when my posts are not as regular as they should be.
I love you, God loves you.


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