The New Year Rises


By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

The New Year rises ahead of us like an imposing mountain range.

A few of us actually want to scale the high peaks. We’re unable to resist the compelling call of adventure and challenge.

Others don’t mind the winding roads that interlace the mountains, as long as the turns aren’t too sharp and they’re clear of snow. And the heater in our car works.

The rest of us pray for a helicopter.

In my experience, helicopters haven’t been the typical means of conquering life’s greatest challenges.

But God’s presence has.

The book of Proverbs tells us to trust the Lord with all our heart and not to depend on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5). 

I’m grateful for this directive, because my understanding wouldn’t get me very far.

Sometimes the past causes me to fear the future.

But if I’m trusting the Creator of those seemingly insurmountable mountains, I’ll make it.

God assures us that if we are in a wilderness, He will make a way through.

If we are in a desert, He will carve a river there.

Forget the former things,” He says. “Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19

Praise God, He goes with us as we face all the new things—including the New Year.


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She would rather die. Lifting her skirt with one hand, she gripped the bench seat with the other and climbed up the wheel spokes.

Whit ran to the horse and grabbed its bridle. “Livvy, that was nearly ten years ago. We were children. Can’t we start over?”

The only thing she wanted to start over was his foot. With a hard yank, she slapped the reins on the horse’s rump and nearly got her wish as the wagon lurched ahead. 



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