Though you may not see it, the one thing that comes to the forefront of mind in this New Year when I think of our lives is the word layers. Not layers in the sense that we have walls up, but layers of depth that we have not learned how to fully comprehend yet. Sometimes when we jog our minds, thinking upon all the things that God has given and done in us, we are still clueless of all the gifts that truly lie within. 

Spiritually, we may feel that we have to wait for someone to show or help us better understand who God has called us to be. Some things, however, have yet to be revealed because God wants you to know the capacity and power that lies within through your personal relationship and communion with Him. 

God giving you something that you want is not enough because He desires more for your life and would never give you anything that is not tied to His will. Ladies, what I am saying is that you are far beyond how you envision yourself to be. I challenge you in this New Year that God has blessed you with to dig into those layers and seek a deeper understanding of who you are. I am not talking about something that is on the surface; I mean reaching to depths that you have never known. 

There is a voice, and there are thoughts, visions, dreams, goals, gifts and a heart that you need to embrace in order to share all of these intricate parts with the world. You may be the kind of person who likes things to be simple, easy, clear, precise and uncomplicated. But you need to know that there is more. I am calling and speaking to the seeds planted within that are ready to grow and produce fruit. 

When you follow this road, I pray that you stay true to who Christ has called you to be, even in the challenges you face. I pray that you walk in integrity and strength because you will, again, be challenged. You are challenged because God is faithful and He requires more of you than you can see. Ask Him to open your eyes and enlarge your territory. Let God use you to your fullest potential.

God has called you to be a leader and to lead with your voice- not only from your heart, but also from His. Be bold, be courageous and be a vessel for the Lord. Although we are imperfect, and while we may feel that there is no way to start over, you need to know that our beginning in this New Year does not require any fireworks, bells, or whistles. His mercies are new every morning. Receive them.

As you walk into the beginning of this New Year, I encourage you to take these words with you:

God is with you. Do not give up because it is through Him that we find hope. Every day that we are here is a new day, no matter how tough life gets. Take a deep breath and keep pushing.


Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor” (John 4:34-38 ESV).


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About the Author :

Francine E. Ott is truly thankful to have a relationship with God and is seeking Him daily for guidance and any opportunities to walk closer with Him in truth and love. Francine is a choreographer/dancer, teacher, and soon to be counselor who has a heart to see God's transforming power, renew, restore, and heal the minds, souls, and bodies of people's lives.