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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56v3)

This has been my title of my first blog of the year, for the last couple of years. It was an idea which emerged as I opened my fresh journal for the year and saw all the space which was yet to be filled. As I opened my journal this year, I struggled to write down any hopes or aims for the year. It was not due to me not having any but due to the uncertainty which followed me into the New Year. Where I live Covid cases are very high. I am currently not at work at the moment due to the measures which have been put in place. I cannot pretend, a winter spent in Lockdown is quite bleak especially when there are endless days of rain. How did I start my journal this year? With a prayer. The prayer was simple in its nature, but I know with God a simple prayer can turn into an intriguing journey. I simply prayed I would be able to grow in my faith and my relationship with Jesus.

For some of you, you may not have a lot of hope going into this New Year. You have seen so many of your dreams and hard work come to nothing. In a year which seemed to strip us of everything we knew and had worked for. You may be finding it hard to look with any positivity or desire for this New Year. While you may not know what to aim for, I leave you with a question…

What is something you would like to leave behind this year?

Something you know is stripping you of being who you are and getting in the way of your faith. As I focused on this question, I thought of some of the things I noticed plagued me last year. Two of the biggest culprits were comparison and negative self-talk. I know I have talked about these issues many times in my blogs before, but they are things I still struggle with. They are two things I want to leave behind as they are my biggest enemies for progressing forward.

What about you, what would you like to leave behind this year?

The letting go can be painful but what do you know is stopping you and getting in your way.

This may be a year in which we see significant change from how we lived last year or maybe it will be a much slower process. For some of you, it is a struggle day by day to get by. Whether you have everything you need or absolutely nothing. For some of you who are struggling with severe mental health issues, I pray support and help would be readily made available for you.

Maybe hopes and dreams are not ours, to begin this year with. It is okay, because they can be planted any day of the year.

If you know there is something you can let go of today, to make tomorrow a little easier, I pray you will have the strength to do it.

Step by step we will keep moving on. Look out for one another. Trust in the Lord in all circumstances because he is faithful.

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Psalm 12v25)

God bless you all and keep you in good health, love Victoria.

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