After opening my 2022 calendar and glancing over the 365 days of blank pages before me, I’m greatly encouraged as blank pages are opportunities for fresh starts, re-writes, course corrections and re-imagined visions.

While we chart our days though, there’s a continued trust in a wonderful Father, making room and leaving margin for those steps He’s already ordered before the year even approached with an awesome plan for us in mind.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)calendar use

This time of year, hideaway places everywhere are painted and blanketed with snow glistening as undiscovered diamonds in the afternoon sun; a winter’s postcard most eyes will never see nor feet ever trod.

snow forest Yet depicts the paths waiting for those with fresh vision to forge;cumbee ethan little snow lawnmower

Leaps of faith to climb new heights;england cova between trees

Daring courage to free fall into the unknown;2018 england winter 3

Fight with tenacity against the opposition which begs to stand in your way.

Belief in yourself enough to leave an irrefutable mark in a undiscovered winter’s postcard.cova little snow angel

Entering through the door of another calendar year, we’re greeted and kissed with opportunities waiting their turn for us to finally say “yes; beckoning those willing to move from their couch of complacency and begin taking those steps of faith God’s voice has been leading into the unknown for years; a place where God’s dreams for them really do come true.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)kizzie walking with sisters

Lassoing a year’s new beginnings and forging a path where feet have never gone before; at least not yours, is not for the faint of heart.

Contending for vision means challenging what’s difficult, resisting the couch of complacency, and standing your ground when it’d be easier as in years passed to surrender to the fear of failure.

I’m preaching to myself as I stare into the blank calendar days of 2022.

I dare not throw away another planner of missed opportunities; opportunities sadly I didn’t prepare for had they dared to cross my path.

Lord, fill my days and mind with your thoughts of me; the encouragement I need to believe in those steps you’ve asked of me, you’ve ordered for me.

Lord, let me see with clarity the secret strategies an army of ideas must possess to win the war against those oppositions of a God given vision.

Lord, you’ve reminded me my tool belt of gifts is adequate and complete for the dreams you’ve asked me to conquer; as the difference maker in all of this is not my abilities, but availability to you.

Even above these dreams you have for me, the paths you’ve asked me to walk are one step at a time.

Lord, it’s remembering to turn over the knotted and hanging strands of my dream’s tapestry, to see the big picture of those hurting, those desperate and without hope for a loving God, to bring you glory through those you’ve sent me to reach and touch with the plans you have on my life.

Lord, it’s never been about me.

It’s never been about success, money or accolades to accumulate; as this all rusts and burns in time.

Lord, keep reminding me and showing me the quick vapor my life is; the short moments I have to bring honor to your name; to make you famous throughout my life.

Lord, fill up my calendar this year with opportunities I can’t bear to miss this time.

Draw me to yourself when distractions dare to take me otherwise.

Lord, let me be a witness to those I’m unaware are watching; those wondering the source of my smile, the fountain spring of my joy.

I’m greatly encouraged for the blank pages of opportunities, fresh starts, re-writes, course corrections and re-imagined visions of my 2022 calendar before me. calendar useI continue to trust in my wonderful Father, making room and leaving margin for those steps He’s already ordered before the year even approached with an awesome plan for me in mind.

I pray for all of you reading and taking in the words an Almighty God has inspired me to write for myself, my children, grandchildren, and you.

May the year of 2022 in your life bring glory to our Lord and Savior who loves you more than you know.

I appreciate those who follow me and SHARE these words when felt led to.
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May you allow God to begin filling up your calendar and feel free to COMMENT what He has laid up your heart.

FRESH VISION FOR 2020 By Lori A Alicea

Welcome year 2020, we welcome you with open arms and great anticipation.

You are a brand new year and a new decade and the blank pages of my calendar wait with bated breath for God to unveil the details of the next 365 days of my life and family, so I might capture and record His goodness and faithfulness for our remembrance and encouragement in years to come.
FINAL calendarEver since I was a little girl, I have cherished like gold and hold tight a stack of blank paper in my arms, a brand new journal or calendar where the dam that jams up the words of my heart burst and gush as a raging river onto the empty pages, leaving behind the sediments of sentences, paragraphs and chapters of my thoughts.

At the beginning and birth of every New Year,
I ask God to give me fresh vision for this leg of the journey.

I pray for 20/20 vision that He might bring into focus those things both near and far I have struggled to see in the past.
FINAL featured imageI bow my knees to the plans the “Lord my God” has prepared for me, embracing the hope and future he has promised. May I never waver or question the direction of His voice, as a good shepherd never leads his sheep astray.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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For this year 2020 I pray that in order to see His vision, I must also hear His vision with clarity when my Heavenly Father speaks. Oh that my ears be unstopped from the cares and worry which deafens His voice from my unbelief and willingness to hand over the reins that lead me.

Oh that I might celebrate the amazing truth that He knows me intimately by name when He calls me by name.

I have called you by name: thou art mine. Isaiah 43:1 KV

That whenever I hear my name in the night as Samuel did, I immediately recognize His voice with my answer,

 “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 NIV

Lord, open my eyes that I might see through your eyes the vision prepared specifically for me.  Might I write this vision down as you have requested, making it plain and easy to follow for the race you have called me to run, never wavering to the left or to the right whether your vision for my life will ever come to pass, as You are a God that cannot lie.

And the Lord answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV

God is not a man, that he should lie… Numbers 23:19

Lord, remind me this year 2020 to humble myself in your presence, to search daily for direction in Your Word, as promises of fresh vision is mine when eyes are solely fixed on you.
FINAL PEW BIBLE GLASSESFor this new year of 2020, I must turn the pages of year 2019, thanking Him for his faithfulness and goodness He has shown me and my family, yet moving on and forgetting the former things of the past 365 days, as He is doing a new thing, a wonderful and marvelous thing.

“Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!…”
Isaiah 43:18-19

Lord, I want my life to count for this new year of 2020.
I want my life to matter, to make and be a difference for Your Kingdom.

But I desperately need a fresh vision from You today.

I need a slice of fresh bread of vision from You, not the day old kind the world has to offer.

Lord, I dedicate this new year of 2020 to you.

Oh, that my words and deeds this year be pleasing in your sight.

May I continue live my life as an ambassador for You.

May I clearly see with 20/20 vision and hear with distinct clarity
Your Fresh vision for 2020 set before me.

May every day this year of 2020 I reply as Samuel did when You repeatedly beckoned him in the night,

“Here I am Lord. Your servant is listening.”