…even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:10

I can honestly say that right now, I’m not going through hell.  Times are changing, people in our lives come and go, and things are very uncertain in life.  Those truths haven’t changed.

2019 has been a year of change for me.  People that I thought I knew have sadly changed and deeply disappointed me.  Also, I’ve stepped into a new phase in life, my daughter got married, and some people I love have become very sick.  I’ve been praying all year for some peace of heart through it all.

Yes, the calendar year has just about ended but I’m ready to step into something very new.  Could it be a new job? A new love? A change of career? A new place of my own? I’m ready for one or all! I don’t know what will happen yet but on my wall at work is this motivator and peace-of-mind keeper:

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)

Recently, I was digging around in my storage unit for something and I came across a small box I thought was lost.  Inside were refrigerator magnets and other little things I had taped to my fridge when I had my last apartment. In the middle of the magnets sat a little slip of paper that I had found years ago in a fortune cookie. It still had the tape around it, which kept it preserved. A big smile swelled up from my heart and across my face – I could feel it.

I remember the day I opened this fortune cookie and found this unusually spiritual and much needed fortune:

God loves you especially.

I was going through absolute hell back then, with a whole lot more stress and uncertainty on my shoulders (than I do today). And to find such a needed reminder at that time of despair – inside a cookie!   The dam broke, the river was released full force down my face and I fell to my knees in praise and gratitude.

Today – the need for this reminder is not less.  Actually more, but maybe in a different light.  I am still standing.  Still alive after a lot of tribulations. And still filled with joy and love, with more gratitude that even in the small things God always reminds me somehow that He is right there and that He knows everything going on and He won’t leave my side.

Even in a fortune cookie God does love and reach out to those who seek and love Him –especially!  It’s not about seeing-is-believing, but rather believing-then-seeing!

We love because he first loved us. 1John 4:19

May you have a healthy, prosperous, safe and love-filled New Year!