The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentation 3:22-23 (ESV)
Let me start this post by wishing everyone a prosperous 2019 and God’s richest blessings to you & your family.
The crossover to 2019 was very unique for me. While others were up celebrating as they ushered in the new year at midnight, I was fast asleep in my bed so that I could wake up before dawn and go east to see the first sunrise of the new year.
Seeing the first sunrise has been on my wishlist these past few years and I was excited to finally make it a reality for 2019. In December I listened to a great message by Ps Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church that helped me view the sunrise with a fresh perspective pointing me back to God.
To witness the new year’s sunrise, I chose Cherry Tree Hill as my vantage point as it offers a panoramic view of the east coast of Barbados. Dawn was breaking as I arrived and I patiently sat enjoying the view and reflecting on 2018, the year just ended. When the sun’s rays broke through at 6.20am it was such a gorgeous sight. My mobile phone camera could not do justice to the experience but I nevertheless snapped away in hopes of capturing one semi-decent shot.
It truly was a blessing to experience the first sunrise (my first ever sunrise as well) and to be reminded that as the sun rises, it’s a reminder of God’s love and mercies afresh each day and particularly so at the start of a brand new year.
As I journey into 2019, I want to share some thoughts for the year ahead that God’s been speaking to me about:
It’s very common at the start of the year to re-commit or re-focus your life as you set goals for the year ahead. What God’s been showing me for 2019 is that rather than re-committing and starting afresh in that sense (which is a good thing), He wants me to build on my 2018 and keep moving upwards. In that way, what was my ceiling for 2018 where I capped off the year, it becomes my foundation to reach higher heights in 2019.
God spoke to me about this while I was at Cherry Tree Hill and He has confirmed it in different ways since then. It’s a two-fold process. I’m learning to trust Him more and as I prove His trustworthiness I also experience His love on a higher level than before. In doing so, I’m then able to love and serve in response to a new revelation of God’s amazing love and not in response to the behaviours or reactions of others.
My grandmother passed away in 2018 so this will be our first year without her here with us. I was fortunate to be able to go by her grave as I took the scenic route home from Cherry Tree Hill on New Year’s Day. Looking at the cross on her grave, it was a needed reminder that it’s important to make our days, our hours and our moments count. Let’s challenge ourselves to live to the full in 2019 and beyond, making the most of each day we’re given. Each opportunity we receive, let’s #makeitcount
I’d love to hear your thoughts around 2019, feel free to share in the comments 🙂
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