May we go into 2017 with our arms, hands, eyes and hearts open so that we don’t miss a single thing God has for us this year.

May we shed any baggage from the previous year, lightening our loads as we cast all of our cares on Him to be swallowed up by the unfathomable depths of His love.

May we stop fixating on the unknowable future and start living our right-now lives, appreciating and enjoying the blessings that are right in front of us, no longer missing out on the present good because we’re too distracted with anticipation of what’s to come.

May we learn to relax and savor the journey as we trust Him with our destination.

May we pursue Him with total abandon, trusting Him without reservation.

May we let our roots sink way down deep into His love so that we may stand firm and walk confidently knowing that we have nothing to fear because He loves us.

May we reflect His grace and glory and bring Him praise as we live fully and richly in the present, letting ourselves be filled with the abundance that Jesus came to give us.

May we loosen our hold on this life and hold tightly to Him instead.

May we let go and rest, and know that He is God, and He’s got this, and He’s got us. And He’ll never let us go.

This we pray in Jesus’ name.



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Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart

Missional Women’s Faith Filled Fridays

#DreamTogether at God-Sized Dreams

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JeanA Jesus girl through and through, Jean Marie Bauhaus is on a journey of healing and rediscovering who God purposefully created her to be and figuring out how to do life within that context. She’s the wife of Matt and mom to a crew of four-legged dependents, all of whom make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jean counts coffee, dark chocolate and a yarn addiction among her vices. She’s the author of Restless Spirits, a family-friendly paranormal romance/mystery now available from Vinspire Publishing. You can learn more about her novels and short fiction at