A year ago, when I sat down to write new year’s greetings for the 2020 winter newsletter, I could never have imagined what the year would hold. For all the distress that came with 2020, one thing remained—my hope in the promises given throughout Scripture, of which there are thousands.
Some promises I hold most dear include:
He is always with us. — Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV), “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” And He will forever be with us. — Matthew 28:20 (ESV), “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
He plans to prosper us, not to harm us. — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), “‘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.’”
And I have always liked the continuation of that passage. It reminds me:
He hears us and wants us to engage with Him. — Jeremiah 29:12–13 (ESV), “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
He knows us. He isn’t surprised by me and my circumstances. — Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV), “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . .”
And finally, I find comfort in knowing:
He has overcome the world. — John 16:33 (ESV), “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
These are just a few of the many promises He has given us. I was ready for this new year to begin, and I am sure many of you felt the same. It seemed like we were all in a “timeout” of sorts, while knowing God was not. So often in life with new beginnings, there is a breaking free and shedding of the old. We may endure hardship along the way, but the opportunity for growth and refinement abounds. This growth stays with us and brings wisdom and understanding we would not have had without going through the valley. I pray we would each embrace whatever comes our way, knowing who is in control. As we continue to welcome 2021, I do not want to forget the way 2020 uniquely shaped us and gave us the opportunity to grow stronger and better. I encourage you to reflect on and journal the highlights of new growth you brought into 2021.
Museum of the Bible is hopeful to have visitors return to Washington, DC, in the months ahead, and we are eager to see your faces again for fellowship. All museums in DC were mandated to close at the end of December with a reopening of January 29. As much as we wanted to gather in April for our next Summit and Reunion, we have decided we could have a much better experience if we moved this event to the fall. Hopefully, we will be well on our way to recovery from this virus. Mark your calendar for September 15–17 to gather in Washington, DC, for the next Women of Legacy Summit and Reunion. This will be a time for connection, Bible engagement, and an opportunity to discover more of what God has called us to as purposeful women of faith.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing us until the fall! Mark your calendar for April 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CDT for our Spring Women of Legacy Virtual Event, featuring keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury and special musical guest Jo Dee Messina. You can find your invitation with more details on the following page. We pray you will feel led to invite your friends who might be interested in supporting the work Museum of the Bible’s Women of Legacy community is doing.
My prayer for you this year is that you would find comfort in the promises of God and boldly embrace whatever comes your way. I wish you good health and many blessings for 2021!
With an expectant heart,
Museum of the Bible Co-Founder and Women of Legacy Founder