The New Year; The Present

Ahhh, the semicolon. The semicolon is a punctuating formality often misused and probably a lot by yours truly because honestly, I can’t even with grammar and syntax and whatever else! Gee, I want to become an author someday, I probably ought to figure that out at some point.

I know, I know, I know, you came over to Summer’s blog for some great insight and maybe a little drama… it just so happens, I’m in the mood to be a tad philosophical.

I use that little semicolon here in this blog’s title (gosh, I hope it’s used appropriately) to show that this new year – though I don’t make resolutions – this new year is a gift because it’s the present.

But wait, there’s more.

It was closing in on 6pm when I was reviewing our car insurance policy (has me slightly shook) and paying bills (the absolute horror) when I got the notion to use a bare space on the top shelf of my desk for some devotional items I have on my TBR bookcase (don’t judge). This way I could see them every day (most everyday anyway, since I generally work from home) and I’ll be more inclined to actually physically grab the devotional and use it rather than it just collecting dust.

I picked up this Charles Stanley devotional maybe a month ago, if that (I buy so many books that I can’t even keep track now *sad eyes*) and I’ve been excited for the new year strictly for the purpose of walking through those little snip-it’s of a Godly man’s wisdom.

As much as I’ve wanted to kick 2022 to the curb and possibly run over it (do I need to repent of this violent train of thought? 😳), I’m also nervous about starting a new year.


I haven’t been too awfully wound up about a new year before. I’m not one for resolutions, as I’ve stated before, but this year, I know that even if I don’t make a resolution, I should still aim for something, mostly because I need to.

This year, I aim to trust God with my future.

This is more of a practical resolution in the sense that this is something we all should always do, but for the last year I feel like I believe in this idea without fully letting go and trusting God that He has a plan through all the downturns.

In the midst of feeling like you’re getting close to your goals, but then they keep moving further and further away, when you’re filled with disappointment, it’s hard to get a foothold in the encouraging truth that God is faithful, He’s there in the heartbreak and He’s working out the details in His timing.

What’s crazy is that God is outside time, the Creator of time itself and what He has for me may be a long ways away in my world that revolves around time, but to Him it’s just part of my life story He has written from the beginning. It’s laid out like a single sheet of paper for Him and for me, it’s this whole book of chapters I’ve yet to embark upon.

Imagine if you will, big dreams. Do you have those?

I feel like mine are so huge that I’ll never attain them. I’ve had the same dreams (they may have been tweaked over the years, but still the same in kind) since I was like 5. Kindergarten was the start of all my dreams when I drew my first 3-D house.

Do your dreams keep you motivated and help you get up in the morning when nothing else would? That’s my life.

To me, this is a huge year because I want to achieve things and if I don’t? I might just be even more disappointed than I already am.

Trusting God won’t mean I won’t dream, but I think that it will look more like trusting God with my future even if my dreams don’t come true on my timeline or ever.

I would very much appreciate God humoring me, though, with fulfilling my dreams, LOL.

Be confident in the fact that no matter what the days ahead may bring, God’s loving, perfect purposes for your life remain. They do not change. Nothing is a surprise to Him. The same God who breathed life into you and formed you in your mother’s womb loves you enough to plan for your future and be actively involved in all that concerns you. He has promised that if you’ll seek Him, you’ll find Him, and you will discover His awesome will for your life.

Charles Stanley

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:16

Thanks for reading this reading writer’s ramblings.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Trust is something we have to keep learning. Or at least I do! It can be hard when we don’t see our dreams come true. But God has great things in store, even if they do take longer than we want. Thanks for sharing! I pray you see progress towards your dreams this year 🙏

    1. Summer says:

      I have to keep learning it over and over, too! We’re human and just like Jesus and His disciples… He has to keep revealing things and repeating things. All in His time, and when we’re truly ready. ☺️ Thank you!! 🙏🏻

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