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New Things

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

It’s a new year–new hopes, dreams, goals. Here are a few of mine.

New Year, New Hopes and Dreams
  • New understandings in my walk with God. I’ve rejoined a women’s Bible study that I dropped out of for health reasons over a year ago. I’m thrilled to be back with these lovely women as we seek God together.
  • Complete at least the first draft of a novel I’ve been writing for a looong time …
  • Increased depth in my relationships with God, Don, family and friends.
  • New vistas. We’ve had the Canadian Rockies on our bucket list for awhile and just reserved our place on a train and bus tour through those in Fall of 2019 (I almost typed 1919–whoa!).
  • Finding and getting involved in a church home in our new community.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”  Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

HE is the reason for my hope as we enter this new year.

  • He knows all the troubles in the world–riots in Paris, persecution, especially of Christians in other parts of the world, turmoil.
  • He knows the discord and infighting in our own country.
  • He knows the tremendous losses that have occurred corporately and personally in floods and fires and because of the active presence of evil in our world.
  • He knows my days and has promised to lead me through each one.
  • He loves me, oh amazing truth! And because of that love, I have great hope.

What are you anticipating this year? Are you hopeful or disheartened, or both? I’d love to know.


  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    Hi Carol. Thanks for your first blog of 2019. I am in hope–and always am. It’s my nature. ? I’m excited about your trip to the Canadian Rockies. I took a bus tour of the same with Grand Circle Travel in 2017 and I loved every moment in that beautiful setting. It was the 150th anniversary of the founding of this country filled with lovely and welcoming people.

    1. carolnl says:

      You are a hopeful person, Karen, and I love that in you. So glad for your wonderful trip to the Canadian Rockies and for the encouragement you give us for our upcoming trip. Thank you!

  2. Carole Kampfe says:

    Carol, I am really appreciating your blogs!
    I often feel like I’m reading a Psalm of David!
    Thank you!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you very much, Carole. Your comment is meaningful to me and I’m grateful you are being encouraged by reading my posts. Hope you enjoy this weekend!

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