As the year 2019 was drawing to a close, like many, I had two goals in mind for the year 2020. The only problem was 2020 had a few ideas of its own.
I have been participating in blog linkups for several years. They have been a blessing to me in that I have come to read the words of many wonderful writers I would otherwise not have known. Many have come to seem like friends as their words and experiences have been shared so transparently.
As the year 2019 was coming to a close, the desire grew in my heart to begin a linkup of my own. Insecurity nagged at my thoughts each time it raised the question as to who would even join in. But the desire grew stronger than the insecurity.
Then in 2020, the pandemic hit and overshadowed my goal of beginning a linkup. Tending to my family and keeping up with the rapidly changing way of life became the focus of my days. Staying connected with the loves in my life (aka – family) became the lifeline we threw out to one another.
Video chats with my granddaughters brought joy to my days, as they took me on adventures throughout the months and I was able to see them grow even through the screen. We laughed and cried together, enjoying snacks and silly antics to keep ourselves encouraged.
While I seemed to have forgotten my goals, God seemed to have remembered and had other plans as well.
By the time the end of February arrived, my goals were pushed to the back of my mind and only when contacted by Sue Donaldson did I begin to think about them once again.
When Sue emailed to share she was wanting to pass on the linkup – Let’s Have Coffee – asking if I would be interested in taking it over, the desire immediately sprang to life once again. But I responded with asking for some time to think and pray on it, as I asked the question silently, “Lord, is this You?”
All throughout the year as challenges came with the pandemic, my “go to” verse was:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT)
His voice had brought assurance often …
“Do not depend on your own understanding.”
“Seek My will.”
“I will show you which path to take.”
Over the months, I repeated the verse and the assurances to others, wondering if I sounded like a broken record. Yet the peace and confidence of God’s presence with us grew stronger each time.
As I took time to seek Him in the decision over the linkup, He brought another Scripture to light:
“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”
(Psalm 37:5, NKJV)
And so today, it is with deep joy that I embark on my “Let’s Have Coffee” journey.
May the linkup be a place we come to share our days and thoughts over a cup of coffee, or tea, your preference. May it be a place where we encourage and spur one another on.
But mostly may it be a place where we see Jesus in one another!
** “Thank You, Sue” for graciously and hospitably hosting the linkup these past few years. Thank you for having a place for me, and all of us, at your table each week. May God bless and grow your future endeavorsÂ at Welcome Heart as He continues to unfold His plan in your life!
Come and read the encouraging posts which have joined in. If you link up, kindly visit those who have pulled up a seat around you. If you share on social media, the hashtag #LetsHaveCoffee would be greatly appreciated!
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