Written by: Jennifer naidoo
Article source: JOY! Magazine

2020 may have turned out differently to what you had initially planned as the Covid pandemic caused a major disruption in our lives, providing challenges to countless people around the world. As we begin this new year, let’s refocus on those unrealised dreams and believe in ourselves and in God to enable us to pursue all that we endeavour to accomplish.

Allow nothing to deter you
“May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” – Psalm 20:4. Don’t give up on all that God has laid upon your heart for He will re-establish all that the enemy has stolen. Deuteronomy 30:3 promises, “God will restore everything you lost.” Despite the various challenges, 2020 was a year of rest and a time of self-reflection. Many had more time with family during lockdown and the opportunity to spend more time with God. Prepare your heart and mind for a great year and allow nothing to deter you from your aspirations.

Be expectant for what God is doing
Proverbs 4:25 encourages us to, “Let your eyes look straight ahead…” Be expectant of all that God is going to do in your life. “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” – Jeremiah 29:11. Let’s anticipate a peaceful and extraordinary year. God is going to transform every bad situation and empower you to fulfil His purpose in the Kingdom.

Trust in God, He is your comfort
To those who lost loved ones, may God’s strength surround you and be your comfort. God will heal your broken heart. “Be strong and courageous – He will never leave you nor forsake you” – Deuteronomy 31:6. If you have encountered financial difficulties, may God replenish your finances. Trust Him and sow a seed in your moment of need. Never give up on your dream and persevere through tough times. “All things are possible with God…” – Matthew 19:26. Though 2020 may not have turned out the way you hoped, let’s maintain a positive stance for 2021. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12. Embrace 2021 and go after your dreams.

Feature image: Jennifer naidoo
Jennifer naidoo is a South African songwriter and musician, working full time in IT. She moved to New Zealand in 2020 with her husband and
3 kids. Follow her on Instagram @jenn.nz_naidoo or Facebook @nz.jenn

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