New Things — Jennifer Chastain

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jennifer Chastain as she shares about her 2018 and offers some hope for all of us.

I don’t know about you, but with the end of the old year, I usually reflect on all I didn’t accomplish on my “to do” list. And if I continue to dwell in the land of negatives, it’s a little disheartening, to say the least.

But with the beginning of a new year, we all have a fresh slate. 2018 is gone but the possibilities are endless for what I can accomplish in 2019. Oh and let’s not forget my renewed resolution to healthy living! It seems I make this promise to myself every year but by the end of March, my enthusiasm has fizzled.

If I can be honest, our family has had a rough Thanksgiving and Christmas. My father-in-law suffered a stroke back in March and has been either in the hospital or in a nursing facility for the past nine months.

It was difficult to see him in that hospital bed. Yet, he never complained. Then, the week before Christmas, he went home to be with Jesus.

I’m thankful I got to know this wonderful, loving, giving man. But I felt stuck the past couple of weeks. Life flies by in a whirlwind of activity.

As the Christmas season draws to a close, the one phrase that God has brought to my mind is “He has made all things new.”

My father-in-law has a new, glorified body in heaven. I am a new creature in Christ and one day, I will see him again.

I also have a new year in front of me, with new aspirations, goals and dreams. But why do I continue to live in the past? Being human, I know I tend to focus on what’s happening right now, on the failures, to analyze the what ifs. I don’t see the big picture.

But when I pause and reflect on God’s goodness, reminding myself that He wants the best for me, everything comes back into focus. Instead of trying to accomplish things in my own strength I need to rely on Him.

I want to leave you with these final thoughts: dream big, look forward and remember, God is always there. God gives you dreams and He’s not cruel and vindictive. He doesn’t plant a seed of a dream and then yank it away.

Trust in Him – for some of us, the journey is longer but He’s always there to guide and encourage us.

May God’s richest blessings be on you as you embark on a new and exciting adventure in 2019!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A graduate of Tennessee Temple University with a degree in Communication Arts, Jennifer Chastain writes contemporary fiction, recently completing her second novel. “Home to You” was a finalist in the Touched by Love contest. Married more than twenty years, she and her husband make their home in the beautiful state of North Carolina with their rescued black cat.

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