December 30, 2019

Recently I was flipping back through a journal and reflecting on all that has happened and all God has done in 2019. I wasn’t praising or praying as I turned any pages, I was just wondering on the things that might be written with the blank pages still ahead. I felt the spirit whisper to me “IT’S STORY TIME, where the people of God are going to tell stories of things they’d never thought they’d tell, things they would only hope to tell.”

I felt an incredible excitement rise up for 2020 at the thought of all the things God is going to do with, for, and in us. I immediately had a picture of kids gathering around for a story time, like children do when their teachers read to them. I saw the Father about to share but waiting for others to scoot in and sit closer. I believe that’s His invitation to us as one chapter ends and another opens, is to scoot in and sit as close as we can.

I’ve been reading stories of war, reading to my kids about the wild, and listening in to different narratives of others getting free from circumstances that wouldn’t have pointed to a good ending but then the story takes a turn and the unbelievable happens…the unthinkable works. “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He’s done for me.” -Psalm 66:16

I have no idea of all that God has in store for us in the coming days but I believe that in 2020 we are going to be able to tell some really good stories to one another about things we didn’t see coming. Stories about the goodness, the faithfulness, and the kindness of God coming through for us.

Twist: A bend in a new direction/ to rotate, wind, or interlace different strands together. Let’s stay flexible friends and let Him direct the narrative this season.

I pray that with the arrival of 2020 we not only see better (2020 vision), we get to say better… “Come and see what God has done” (Ps.66:5) Blessings in the new, DeAnn Carpenter