Happy *2021!!*Recently, I heard the Lord whispering a phrase to my heart over and over again! So, finally, I got up and wrote this in my journal book: “Your Valley of Achor Becomes Your Acres of Hope!” What a play on words! Hosea 2:15 came to my mind immediately. “There I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” I got really excited about this because I believe this can be true for each of God’s believers as an encouragement as we come into the New Year of 2021! God wants to restore to us what has been taken, lost, or delayed in the year of the pandemic.
I have also been journaling and sensing from the Lord that He wants you and me to rest in Him more. He wants us to come away, pause and ponder Him and all of the amazing things He has done in our lives this year! He wants us to slow down and reflect upon Him as we go through our daily activities. He wants us to hold Him forever in front of us, knowing He IS with us, loving and guiding us. He wants us to give Him our troubles in our Valley of Achor because He has so much hope in the Acres of Hope He wants to give you! I also keep hearing God say to my heart, “Revival and reawakening are coming to those who are Resting in Him! And, Rest = Revival!”
Revival is defined as restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, and awakening to what matters to God. Anyone needing rest, feeling worn out from the year 2020?! Well, I have great news! Isaiah 65:10 says, “Sharon (which was a plain in the Valley of Achor) will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me.” You probably know by now, Achor means trouble. The CEV Bible version of Hosea 2:15 shares, “I will return your vineyards, and then Trouble Valley will become Hopeful Valley. You will say “Yes” to me as you did in your youth when leaving Egypt.”
God will restore what has been taken away as we look to Him and rest in Him! But, God asks us to look forward into what He is doing (not looking backward at Egypt like the Israelites did when they were stuck in the wilderness, pining for meat, leeks, and garlic!) and instead…be hopeful in anticipation of what He will do in 2021!! In those moments when you start to waver and doubt that God is with you, remember that God has signed His Name upon you, His child! As believers in Christ, We are marked by Him! Revelation 3:5 says, “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life but will acknowledge that name before my Father and His angels.”
Let me further encourage you today with Isa. 51:1. “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” Notice the KEYWORDS: LISTEN, SEEK,LOOK! We must do all 3 of these actions to come out of 2020 and enter into the Acres of Hope-into your Promised land! A place filled with exuberance and laughter, thankful voices, and praise-filled songs. He turns the hard and wrenching times into something useful, even great, even when we can’t see what He is doing! He brings HOPE out of our disasters! I believe He is giving you more space to get grounded and founded in Him! (Rev. 2:3) says, “God sees how you have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.” He longs for us to rest in our Valley of Achor so that He can bring you acres of HOPE, restoration, rejuvenation, joy, and peace! I am praying this over you and into 2021: Lord God, I am praying for your people to have– a happy and peaceful 2021 as they seek you, listen and look to you! Help us love you, Lord, our God, with all of our heart, soul, and strength! Father, help us draw closer to Jesus as we close out 2020 and enter our New Year! In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, Amen. Here’s to a faith-filled year fully drawing closer to Jesus!
Love and joy, Holly
PS I have a brand new Bible Study, “Train To Reign” Living Your True Identity With Victory And Authority!