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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, and speaker. She believes telling our stories can change the world, and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. I haven’t chosen my word yet either or written goals. I start work on Monday yo a temporary job God provided. I’m grateful as we really have slot to catch up on financially. At the same time I’m pensive, eager to see where Gods path will take me next. Does He wish yo use me? I hit the big 40 5 days ago and well it’s a reflective time. I love God and I want to partner with him by his grace in his plan for my life. I want to serve him to do his good works. I’m glad you said He is with us in the in between as that’s where I feel I’m at right now.

    What’s bigger is can I ask for prayers for those in my home country of Australia fighting fires and for those that have lost everything. May God bring rain to end these fires and may his love shine through to provide and comfort for the victims of the bushfires.

    • Yes, Jas, you can ask. And we will do. Praying right now for your countrymen and women. And I’m putting them in my daily prayers. Wishing you the best in your new (temporary) job. I know it will lead to big things!

    • Jas,

      Praying hard for your friends & family in Australia. May God send rain to quench the fires & aid to help you all in this time of crisis. Father God-please send rain & aid to Australia. They desperately need your healing hand on their lives. This is no way to start a new yet, but you are with them. Give the firefighters energy to keep fighting. AMEN

      I have worked many a temporary job in my life. I find them helpful for income & learning. One of the first ones I had right out of HS. I stayed there a year since no one said the job was over. My boss said “we need to hire her. She keeps showing up”. Thus my first full time job. This could lead to networking opportunities for the job God has in store for you.

      Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing Jas – I am praying. Praying like you said that God’s love will shine through it all. Praying for an end to the fires, and I am praying for restoration, peace and comfort for those who have lost so much. May God strengthen you all!

      I am also praying for you! I also turn 40 in a few months by God’s grace, so I know how you feel!:) Praying and Trusting that we will both enjoy God’s peace, clarity and fulfillment in every area of our lives. Amen. CONGRATS!:)

      Blessings to you and all of yours,

  2. Grace,
    It’s easy, tempting even, to look back over the past year and see all the goals and dreams that didn’t happen: I didn’t lose the weight I’d planned; I didn’t write the book inside me; I wasn’t reconciled to my adult children; and so on. It’s a choice and a challenge to focus on the good, the blessings, and thank God for them. Why do the regrets pop to mind before the blessings? But, you’re right. I am right where the Lord wants me to be. Life is not an either/or, black or white; it’s a both/and with shades of grey. Praying that I would gratefully accept what IS and not long for what ISN’T. I’ll never “arrive” this side of heaven, so I need to accept the journey I’m on and be thankful that God’s with me each and every step of the way. He’s got the world. He’s got me. All is well.
    Bev xx

  3. Yes, I definitely needed to hear this! Thank you! Bless you! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. *long, contented sigh*

    I took a break from Facebook, Instagram, “ministry,” and writing in December. As the New Year began, I started to panic because I still didn’t have the desire to pick it all up. Months ago, I felt God telling me my word for 2020 would be “Surge,” but in these first few days of the new year I haven’t felt that AT ALL. I wondered if I misheard Him. However, last night God reminded me that He isn’t limited by a calendar. Last year’s word for me was “Rest,” and He isn’t done with that yet. I’m in the ebb before the flow, and that’s okay. Your words today are an answered prayer – affirmation that I’ve heard correctly. THANK YOU, Grace.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! You accurately described the start of my new year!

    In God’s peace…right where I’m supposed to be.


  6. I say “Yes!” and “Amen!” to this on-time devotional. Though I am thankful for a new year, I thought I was alone in not feeling the excitement of the new year. I thought I was the only one who had no clue what my one word would be for the year. I needed to heat that I’m right where God wants me to be.

  7. Thank you Grace for these calming, peaceful words.
    I am looking forward to a new year filled with some
    new ministry and challenges… I doubt my abilities
    and commitments because of ongoing health
    challenges. Yet, the Lord is my strength and my
    Joy no matter the circumstances. The seasons of
    life ebb and flow, but the Lord promises to be with
    us until the end of time. Today, I will quit striving
    and enjoy the open spaces of the day.

    I will be praying for the victims, humans and animals
    affected by the severe fires in Australia.
    We have endured horrendous fires here in Northern
    California the past 3 autumns. May God bring the rain
    to Australia.

  8. This is helpful to know that I’m not the only one who has been told to “Rest.” I’m usually on-the-go, but I haven’t felt the need lately. Rest and renewal has been more my game.

  9. I thank God I am where he has me. That he God loves me. Just the way I am. God will never stop loving Me. I don’t have to pretend to someone I am not to God or someone the world expects me too me. God just loves me the way I am. Even when I mess up. Get it wrong. As I often do. I am not perfect. I never will be. We none of us are. God love us all just the way we are. We don’t have to be someone the world expects us to be. Only who God says we are is all that matters. Sure God choose when you were going to be born. What color your eyes would be. What color your hair would be. God choose what part of the earth you live on. God knew you even before you’ll were born. I say that is pretty amazing. So You are like today title of today’s reading. You are. You’re Right Where Your Supposed To Be. You are a DAUGHTER OF THE KING. I say AMEN too that. Thank you so much for today’s reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Thank you Grace for this, and thank you Dawn for the above. I have been feeling so very down recently as I have not been able to do what I used to do (age and infirmities happening) but tending to give up and not striving and relying on God’s strength to do more. 18 months since my husband died, I am finding it difficult to do even the normal household chores. But it is reassuring to remember that I am exactly where God wants me to be. Yet there are so many worse off than myself, so very humbly praying for each of those dear ladies in various forms of distress, the job and family and health issues, that there may be LIGHT not just at the end of the tunnel, but all the way through, and each one feeling God’s LOVE and COMPASSION and COMFORT, and that He is working for good in each of their lives. And my last THANK YOU is to all of you beautiful women of God praying with us for rain in our sunburnt (and FIRE BURNT) COUNTRY.

  10. Grace,

    Contentment is so very hard these days. You look around & see everyone doing such big, bold things. Yet there you are stuck in the mundane. Guess what God is in the details of our lives. He is there with you in the mundane. This is where God planted you. There is a song “Do Everything”by Stephen C. Chapman. It talks about doing mundane tasks over & over yet doing them to the glory of God because He made you. Bloom where you are planted simply because He put you there. Don’t compare yourself to others-you are not them. He needs you to be you right here right now. You are the only one who can mother your children or cook dinner for you husband. You might be the only one to help someone out. Who knows why you are here-only God. Pray about your situation & trust God that He knows best.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. Hi there! This is so me, right now, and has been for quite sometime! I am just getting back to the new “normal” after a fire destroyed our home on Jan 7 2017, during a blizzard, right after Christmas, and we lost our dog 3 days later, (unrelated to the fire) of cancer. My husband and I got out but we spent the next 14 months in a rental condo and lost almost everything. So this us our 2nd christmas in this new home God put back on the same property…it is so much more than we can imagine and we are so so blessed! We are in our late 50s and never thought that would happen, but we made it! My husband and I were on the church worship team for 13 years, and during the aftermath of the fire, we stepped down because so much to deal with. We did not go back, and part of me missed singing so much. Then this year before xmas, a choir formed so i was able to participate and it felt so good to serve again. I feel like I am not serving as much as I did, but I think that is okay. I am keeping myself open to listen to where He will have me serve next, but right now am just enjoying being a “customer”. Sometimes hard to be still and step back, but that is where I am now. Praying for the ability to listen the still small voice and his next plan for me. Please keep me in prayer, and I am lifting all of our friends from Australia. Fire is such a devastating thing, and you are all in my prayers.

    • Sharon I live Enniskillen in Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland. My name is Dawn Ferguson-Little. I will of course pray. For you and your Friends. In that fire. In Australia. I have heard about the fires on the News over hear were I live. We have a big big might God who can hear our prayers from people all over the world. No matter where we live. I know God will hear my prayer’s for you and your friends and use them. Glad to pray. Love and God Bless Dawn Ferguson-Little