first sunrise of 2019 from Cherry Tree Hill in Barbados

AYRI: First Sunrise of 2019

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:

Higher Heights

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.

Love Radically

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

Overlooking Cove Bay, St Lucy, Barbados
Overlooking Cove Bay, Barbados (New Year’s Day 2019)

I’d love to hear your thoughts around 2019, feel free to share in the comments 🙂

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  1. Julie-Ann says:

    I really like the thought of using the heights of 2018 as your floor of 2019! That resonates with me fa sure.

    In 2018 I committed to reading the Bible in a year in New Century Version so that I would be comfortable recommending it to new believers who want the Bible in a friendly version. I had a friend in mind. I loved it! God was really good in 2018 because we were able to see that key long term friend give his life to the Lord. That journey encouraged me to do more “little by little” projects in 2019 believing they will impact others and yourself and see God breakthrough things that I have been beating on for years. So I definitely building on that foundation!

    I too definitely take time to truly relate and encourage and love People while there are here. I learnt my lesson with my mom in 2015. Because we made a habit of expressing our love in each conversation my last words to her before she died were, “Mummy I love you, you know?” her reply, “I know and I love u too.” That’s my reminder to Love while you live.

    Only yesterday I realise how loving people open doors for you. I stopped by my Muslim boss’s office, there are lots of underlings waiting to complain. I indicate to him that my visit’s personal not work. He sees me first. I wish him happy New Year ask about his vacation and generally told him that he’s doing well and I care about him. I spent 20 mins encouraging him while other heads of departments waited.
    Moral: people, even Muslims, need love.

    In that vein, let me say. Tamika G, you are doing well. I was privileged to glimpse part of your 2018 and I see the pursuit of God and his Kingdom. I know He is faithful to reward those who pursue Him with his presence so I am excited for what God will lead you into in 2019. Just so u know…I’m cheering for you. God bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you can give you peace.

    1. Thank you very much for sharing your stories and experiences, definitely encouraging 🙂 I’m excited too to see what God does your life in 2019. Thanks again for your support!

  2. Marjorie says:

    For this year God wants me to know that He sees.. He is teaching me about Him as El Roi the God who sees and I am resting in that knowledge.

    As always you are such an inspiration. I have had a few sunrises and sunsets…yet they always look so different… never the same. Like His mercy and grace they are new everyday. ??

    1. Thank you for your comment 🙂 Great to hear what God is teaching you about for 2019, it sounds like an interesting trait to learn about, enjoy!

  3. Ronteé says:

    This is beautiful it definitely inspired me. #Make every day count!

    1. Thanks for your comment 🙂 It’s great to be inspired but make sure it translates into action. Happy 2019, #makeitcount

  4. Didn’t know that was your first sun rise .. sun rises in St. Lucy are pretty amazing and very moving, very spiritual and a privilege to enjoy.
    Keep stepping into 2019! Less stressing and more doing is critical for 2019.

    1. Yes, I’ve of course been up around the time of sunrise and see the sky changing colours but actually being able to see the sun rise, I didn’t experience that before. Thanks for your comment and all the best as you pursue your goals for 2019.

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