A new year seems to encourage us to cast off old things and start afresh, anew.  2018 is symbolically that for me.

This morning I wrote in my journal that I spent much of 2017 recovering from a life-changing cancer surgery, to chemotherapy and radiation.  I just wanted to survive and get well.  All with the end result of getting back to the mission I had before.

God was gracious in doing just that.  I did “survive” surgery, chemo and radiation.  I was able to press on, endure.  And, in September, I returned to the country I call “home” for now.

But now that I’m back, how will I make a difference?  In this “new beginning” that I have been given, what will I do to make an impact in the Kingdom?

How are you being challenged?  Are you being asked to make a new beginning in an area of your life? Are you willing to make those changes?

For the last few years, God has given me a verse (or verses) to be my focus for that year.  A few years ago, it was on prayer.  Last year, was singing songs to be thankful.  As I have been praying for a verse/theme for 2018, I believe the Lord has led me to Matthew 28:19: Go and make disciples.

It is a daunting task, that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  And one, noted by a cousin, that requires a person willing to be discipled.

However you are being challenged with new beginnings, may you do so with confidence, under the leadership of the Father.

Happy New Year!

2 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. The whole time you were sick, I prayed specifically that God would doing such a healing that you would be able to return to Ukraine and continue His work. And now, we see that He has done just that. Plus – He is laying on your heart His purpose for healing and returning you to Ukraine. There is still so much to do. He has trusted you with much. So continue to press on, to lean into His purpose. Go make disciples… “raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest.”

  2. Judy,
    Thank you for your ministry of encouragement! It was a joy to receive the many cards you sent while I was recovering.
    God is at work in my heart. For His Glory!

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