Hopes for a new year


Judith Victoria Hensley - Plain Thoughts



The end of every year leaves us reflecting over the events of the past year and wondering about what a new year will bring forth.

It is an exciting time to be alive. If we are still alive in this time and this place on this planet, then I believe God still has a purpose for each individual life. Every day that we live is a gift of time. There are 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds in each day. We get to spend those precious moments in the ways of our choosing most of the time.

If we could think of time deposited in a bank from which we get to spend daily, we might make better or wiser choices about how we spend our time in the year 2017. Our banks would all start with 12 months in that year, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, or 31,536,000 seconds. That’s a lot of time for which each of us is accountable in one year.

I want to make the most of the time I have. Each year we live, our bank is depleted by that much time in the overall scope of our lives. When we are young, it is easy to squander time or use it foolishly because we think we have so much time left in front of us. With every passing year, we become a little more aware of how quickly time passes.

I will be glad in this year of 2017 to have a new president installed in the White House and be forever finished with the campaign rhetoric we’ve been subjected to over the last couple of years. It is time to look forward and pray for our leadership in the nation’s capital.

As I pray for direction in the upcoming year, God often speaks to me about what the next year holds. Sometimes what I get a glimpse of is about the world in general, sometimes our nation, and sometimes my own life and family.

For 2017, I have been keenly aware of the potential for blizzards and unprecedented weather phenomenon that will be felt globally. In the USA, I think there may also be power outages for extended periods. In the political arena, I think there will be “rattling of sabers” and “posturing.” Other nations are going to push the envelope just to see what our incoming president will do in response to certain behaviors or harassing of US military personnel. If I am sensing correctly, there is something significant that will take place near the Golden Gate Bridge or happen to it.

There are rumblings in the church world of a coming revival unlike anything the world has ever seen before. I surely hope this is a true inspirational revelation from God about the days ahead. A “great awakening” in the faith community would have tremendous impact on this nation on many levels. Crime rates, divorce, social/racial unrest, and a wide variety of societal concerns would be positively impacted by a great revival in the land.

In my personal life, I don’t have any clear directions for the year 2017. I always hope at the beginning of each new year that it will be the year of miracles in my life that I’ve been waiting for a very long time. I am hopeful of finishing up several book projects in the year ahead. I am hopeful of being in much better health. I’m hopeful of finding a new income stream.

It is up to me in many ways how I will spend the days ahead. In regard to the things about which I am hopeful, each will require me to spend a certain amount of my allotted time for the year working toward making those things happen. Each of us gets to choose how we spend the gift of time that is labeled as 2017. Let us choose wisely.

Reach Judith Victoria Hensley at [email protected] or on Facebook. Check out her blog: One Step Beyond the Door.

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Judith Victoria Hensley

Plain Thoughts

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