2020 Vision: Finding Joy in the New Year


by Katy Kauffman


Icy delight falls in my backyard as I write this. All of the Christmas and winter paintings that we love each year are now a reality. Snow has found north Georgia, and my friends have already messaged each other with pictures of winter’s crowning beauty.


As the snow blankets grass, trees, and houses, I stop to pray.


Father, blanket my heart this year with a joy that lasts long after the snow melts. Help me to find delights each day that You have planted along the way. Keep my head in Scripture and my heart close to You. I want to stay wrapped up in Your love and Your truth.


When I hear children’s laughter in the neighborhood or at a grocery store, I stop to listen and watch. For some reason, I find it comforting when the little ones are all giggles and wiggles. Pure joy. Often, they wave at this grown up, and a grin shows their heart’s contentment.


Father, help me to let laughter escape at the unexpected. Help me to find fun wherever I go and to create it for family and friends. Help me to set aside the tendency to shoulder a burden too long and instead to leave it in Your hands. You design joys and adventures for us, and laughter heals the soul.


When I step into a friend’s house for our group Bible study, joy erupts. Conversation, food, and discussing Scripture is the trigger. I remember again what matters, and my heart is focused on God’s Word. Another prayer develops.


Father, thank You for Your Word that sustains joy in our lives, especially when we can study it with friends. Thank You for its hope-giving promises and life-changing truths. Help us to never forsake gathering in Your name to know You better. Help us who write about Your Word to always have Your wisdom and creativity. Your Word is our lifeline, in this new year and always.


A new year reminds us of our responsibilities for the next twelve months. We all have busy schedules, and looking at a calendar can feel overwhelming. But just as the snow in my backyard paints a clean, fresh picture, a new year promises a clean, fresh start. Sprinkled with joy. With the ones we care about. With our God who loves us completely and gives us joy every day. And one more prayer is born.


Father, in this new year, help us not to be so busy that we miss everyday joys, and help us to plan times of joy as a refreshment for our souls. Joy comes in the stillness and the busy. It’s always available because You are always with us.


“You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16:11 NKJV


Devotional Journal Giveaway: This week I’m running a giveaway for a special book called The Joy Box Journal by Adria Wilkins. This book arrived in my mailbox at just the right time, and it renewed my joy with its devotions and journaling prompts. I loved reading Adria’s stories, and you can watch my video about her book on my YouTube channel by clicking this link: My Review of Adria’s Devotional Journal


The journal comes with lined pages next to Adria’s devotions, so you can pen your own thoughts and prayers. It also comes with small cards that you can tear off of note pads in the back and place in the cutest box that you put together yourself. Each book comes with these cards and a box.


Everyone who comments on this post for the next few days will be entered into the giveaway. Comment on this post below by Friday, February 14th, at 2pm, and possibly win this beautiful, JOY-ful journal. What a great Valentine’s Day surprise! On that afternoon, I will comment on this post with the name of the winner, and then I'll email the winner if possible for a mailing address. So be sure to check back here on Friday afternoon.


Check out Adria’s book on Amazon, and see other reviews too. Stay on the lookout for joy. It’s all around us.

 

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Comments (24)

  • anon

    What beautiful prayers, Katy. Thank for illustrating how daily observations can prompt us to talk to God.

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you, Jeannie! I love talking to God about anything and everything, and fortunately, He's okay with listening! :)
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Love this post, and love Adria's book! We happened to be in Chattanooga during the "great snow of the south" and it was SO beautiful!! About five inches that blanketed the neighborhood. I love your related prayer! A great reminder to request the same: to blanket my heart with joy! 

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Isn't it a great book? I imagine Tennessee was so beautiful in the snow. I miss my home state. Thank you for your comment!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Such a peaceful post Ms. Katy. Much like your spirit itself ma'am. I'm certain that like many of us, you see yourself as a "duck in the pond." All peaceful and still above water, but your little feet are paddling for all they're worth under the surface. It happens to all of us. Those are the moments when you can recall serene scenes and prayers like the ones you've painted here to rely on ma'am. God's blessings...

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you for your encouragement, J. D. I think it would be more like a whirlwind under the surface. I'm just glad you see the peaceful part! Thanks as always for your comments!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    How much I need to be reminded to slow down, pay attention, and give thanks for the blessings all around me. Thanks for these beautilful prayers.  

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    I'm glad you liked the post, Erin. Thanks for stopping by!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    What beautiful prayers, Katy. God's joy is everywhere. It is up to us to find it and participate!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Yes! Thank you, Barbara!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Beautifully written! I needed your words today. Thank you for allowing the Lord to speak through you! 

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, April! So glad to see you here. "See" you. I am glad you liked the post, and it was good timing. Thank you for your comment!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Love the line..."Joy comes in the stillness..." I think our modern world struggles to believe that but stillness is intimacy with Him. Well written!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you, Lori! I used to think that stillness was awkward or even lonely. But not with God. It's energizing!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you, Katy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you, Diana! I hope you had a great Valentine's, and I'm glad you won the book!
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Yes, thank you so much for this. Beautiful reminders that I needed today. As a woman of God, I am committed to finding joy every day. Thank you, God, for the joy that only comes from knowing You. 

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Amen! Thank you for your comment, Kari. I want to be committed to finding joy every day too, and to never take God for granted.
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Morning of Valentine's Day 2020:
    Recovering from strep throat with extremely low energy...work was rough this morning. Not an ideal way to spend Valentine's Day 2020...
    However, being Valentine's Day, all my kiddos on my bus were cheerful, happy, gigglin' & wigglin' ((full of joy))
    That, in turn, brought my heart joy. Joy truly comes with the morning.
    I pray you have a very, merry, joy-filled Valentine's Day, Katy!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you for this reminder to pray through all circumstances! It is easy to look past those ordinary moments, but your attention and prayer serves as an encrougement and reminder that these moments are gifts from God!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    I love these prayers that open our hearts to notice and respond more to joy! Sometimes joy is the art of noticing. Other times it is the discipline of choosing. 

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    We have a winner! I asked a trustworthy member of my family to pull a name for me, and he drew this name - Diana Derringer. Congratulations, Diana! Please email us at lighthousebiblestudies@hotmail.com to claim your prize. Thank you to all those who commented! May God bless your heart with joy in this new year.
     

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    I will be responding to each comment soon. Thanks so much for entering!

    Feb 11, 2020
  • anon

    Katy, I love your reflections in this article. I can almost picture you in each situation. Your hearfelt prayers need to be my prayers too. Thank you so much for sharing your encouraging insights with us. 

    Feb 11, 2020

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