I hope your Christmas vacation and New Year's celebration were full of joy and fun, family and friends and lots of love. It's good to be back here at W2W after a couple of weeks off.
I still get butterflies about Christmas just like I did when I was a kid. I can't wait to get up on Christmas morning and gather round the tree with my family. When I was young, I was filled with excitement and anticipation to see what was under the tree for me. Now that I'm grown, I'm excited for my children and grandchildren to open up the gifts I'm giving them.
In Psalm 31:19 it talks about the goodness that God has laid up for us. It reminds me of the weeks before Christmas and the gifts I had laid up and hidden away until they were wrapped and placed under the tree in anticipation of Christmas morning. In a much greater measure, I think God anticipates and delights in doing good for His children.
Sometimes, especially after extended times of trial and testing, we can get into the habit of anticipating trouble and problems. What if we cooperated with God and asked Him to help us to have a change of mind, one that anticipates the goodness that our Father God has laid up for us. What if we trusted in the fact that He really, really is a good, good Father. Filling your mind and thoughts with scriptures like the one above will help renew your mind. Speaking them aloud is another powerful weapon to defeat a defeatist mindset. I think just this simple change of mind could change this new year we've just begun!