The Doorway

2014 . . .

It stands before me, like a doorway,

waiting for me to enter.

However, I want to sit still before it

and ask God to go before me.



In the past I’ve raced through the doorway,

ready to face the new year with excitement.

Other times I’ve walked through it,

hesitant of the future due to current circumstances.

And then I’ve crawled through the doorway,

dreading the future because of the pain of the previous year.


So I sit, waiting, praying,

with a thankful heart because of this past year’s blessings.

Can He do it again?

Knock my socks off with His provisions, blessings, and love?

It doesn’t matter,

the important thing is that He goes before me.


No more racing, walking, or crawling.

For He is My Good Shepherd

And where He leads I will follow.


For He knows the plans He has for me,

And it’s in Him that I’ll put my trust.


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,”       

(Jer. 29:11 ESV).


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Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC where they are in a season of caregiving for her father-in-law in the home. A diffiult season, but one in which God continues to show His grace. You can visit her at

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  1. Great post, Beth! I appreciate your reminder to slow down before entering this new year, mindful of the truth that He goes before us. I think my word for 2014 will be “Intentional” thanks to this post.

    Happy New Year!

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