As a new year dawns tomorrow, I am pondering this post from last January 1. It focused on overcoming fear with the touchstone of these verses: Isaiah 41:13: "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you.'"
And my favorite: 2 Timothy 1:7: "For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness;
but of power and love and discipline."
I think back over 2014 and consider how I have done in that area. Last December God was placing a powerful blessing in my hands, and I was scared to death to reach out in faith to grab it and take advantage of it. I was so scared that I ignored it for the Christmas holidays. Once New Year's was past, I tentatively reached for it, and I haven't turned back. There have been ups and downs in this new venture (adventure) He gave me in online tutoring, but each time I faltered, I looked back at those verses and snatched them, not tentatively reaching as initially, but snatching them for dear life. He has taught me so much through this compact between us: faith, trust, and reliance. It *is* a compact between Him and me. He set this opportunity on a silver platter before me and said, "Here is an answer to your prayers, Ginger. Take it, trust Me, and I will help you." And *that* is exactly what He has done---beyond my wildest dreams.
So, as 2015 dawns, I am setting new goals---boldly---knowing that the same God who guided me and helped me in 2014 will be there to guide me and help me in 2015. As I reach out my hand, He will continue to say, "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you."