Tuesday, January 03, 2012

a future i do not know

not that i ever have known my future.
this new year ahead though, it promises much. and some of it, i can already see, is difficult.
i'm not a worrier, but sometimes i shrink back. sometimes it takes me a bit to just face things.
this year, i'm aiming to be different.
i want to trust him. the one who created me and ordained each day i wake up to.
i don't want to hold back, i want to walk with him into my future. the difficult along with the easier bits.

i am marinating in these words i read last week from phillips brooks:

"in our own lives, it is the discovery of god in life and the certainty that he plans for us
that gives us a true, deep sense of movement, and lets us always feel
the power and delight of unknown coming things.
it is good to come to a future which you do not know.
it is good if god brings you to the borders of some promised land.
do not shrink from any experience merely because of its novelty.
do not draw back from any way just because you have never traveled there before.
oh, my friend, go into it today without fear!
only, go into it with god, the god who has always been with you.
remember what he has already done for you,
and the new life to which he leads you shall open its best riches to you.
for he who most humbly accepts what god already has given him and taught him
is surest of the best and deepest blessings which god has yet to give."

this is exactly my prayer about this future i do not know.
that i would be fearless and fully rest in his hands. he is leading all the way!
remembering that he governs all wisely, first for his glory and next for my blessing.

May the God of hope
fill you with all joy
and peace in believing,
so that by the power
of the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope.
romans 15:13 esv


  1. wonderful post! Just what I needed to hear today, right now.....

  2. I love this post!

    P.S. I'm a BIG worrier, but in the footnotes of my bible it says the antidote to worry is thanksgiving. So when I worry I just start reminding myself of all the things I'm thankful for. : )

  3. love this post. i've seen so many "2012 is going to be awesome" posts, and i was just wondering to myself if there is anyone out there who thinks 2012 might be difficult or challenging... it's always in the trials that we trust God most and become the most like Him.

  4. What encouraging words to marinate in! As a recovering chronic worrier, I often have to remind myself that God goes before me. Thanks for the reminder. Blessings!

  5. Wow, that was incredible! I'm so with you. And that quote was amazing, definitely sharing that with my husband!

  6. Beautiful post, and a great reminder to us all. I used to be a worrier until I once stumbled upon a quote that said worrying is a missed opportunity for prayer, so I now say a little prayer instead. May your difficulties be few in 2012, and your strength even greater.

    Many blessings!

  7. OH, I just LOVE this post Hannah! So encouraging. I'm going to have to bookmark this. I think it goes along quite nicely with my word for the year - "endure". Having faith, without fear, and walking with the Lord through all things - especially the unknown and scary bits.

  8. Oh what it must feel like to go into it with no fear. This is the prayer I pray as of late, and I pray that the difficult things you must face this year will only strengthen you... they will NOT defeat you!

  9. love this so much. go into it with God. remember what He has already done for you. so so good!!

    thank you for the reminder, friend!

  10. God is sooo good! All we have to do is trust...love it!

  11. beautiful words of wisdom! my favorite quote to live by this year "your future is as bright as your faith!" - Thomas Monson. God will always provide for you so long as you put faith in him!

  12. Love this post Hannah!! God has big plans for this year, I can feel it!!

  13. thank you hannah. i need him so much right now, yet feel like he is so far away. i have to hold on to his promises. i have to.

  14. wow thats powerful. really, so so good. thanks for sharing, I needed this today as well.

  15. Hebrews 10:39 is one of my favorite verses. "We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved!" Sometimes I trick myself into believing shrinking back is a better option, but it's a big fat lie. Thanks for sharing, Hannah! I love your encouragement.

  16. I am a worrier. I wish I wasn't, but it's something I struggle with. Loved reading your words. Such a good reminder and encouragement. Thank you.

  17. romans 15:13 such a great one. looking forward to reading about all that our faithful God has in store for you! <3 <3 <3

  18. Go into today without fear. . .perfect prayer for me too. Prayers for you and your beautiful heart.

  19. I am aiming to be more "present" this year. In everything. You know I'm always here with a good word and a virtual hug.

  20. I needed to hear this my friend! May this be a year of hope & courage & love so that all fear will be driven out. you are lovely.
    ps. all your sweet comments on my blog make me smile, you're the best!