New Year’s day seemed like the perfect time to take a hike. You know, fitness resolutions, take-more-time-to-experience life resolutions, all that jazz.
My husband and I went to a familiar park, but we decided to take a trail we’ve never blazed. This was an impromptu date, but we weren’t alone.
Just a short ways in, step-by-step, God began speaking encouragement over this new year. Receive it, friend.
Sometimes the path is uncomplicated and clearly marked.
Sometimes it’s not.
If I brought you to it, I’ll get you through it, under it or over it.
I never promised the path would be easy. Keep walking even if you get dirty, really dirty.
When the journey is effortless, remember me. It is my gift to you.
Ask me when you don’t know which way to go. I will tell you.
It’s possible I will bless either decision. I can do that. Include me.
When you don’t know what’s around the corner, trust me and keep walking. I am with you.
When life goes sideways, I’m still right here, walking with you. I haven’t left you.
If the path seems exhaustively uphill, ask for my strength. I will give it to you. Just keep climbing.
Sometimes I have a different plan than yours. Trust me. I know the best path for you.
I am with you. Sojourners are also on the path. You are not alone.
Leave your mark on the path…for my glory.
I put people in your path for a reason. Some go before you to help blaze the trail…
…others come behind you to follow it.
Don’t be too proud to accept help.
You don’t always have to forge your own way.
Follow my narrow path regardless of how narrow it gets.
Sometimes you have to take a running leap of faith to stay on the path.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, my path will lead you through it.
Look for my beauty along the path. It’s there to encourage you.
In every season, follow me.
Follow my path, but be smart about it. You don’t have to be the hero. I already am.
A friend to walk with is a blessing from me.
My children are rooted in me.
The wind cannot blow over they who are grounded in me.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9