Lamentations 3:22-23 tell us that the Lord’s mercies (or compassions) are new every morning. I’m guessing most of us don’t think about that every single day, but I feel it’s especially top of mind when the new year comes. While some have rituals of writing out intentions for the new year and/or reflecting on the year that has past, I believe most of us at least have a sense of “a new start,” of “new mercies.”
I’m pretty happy for the new start, even if it’s a somewhat manufactured one. 2019 was one of the more challenging years I’ve experienced that ended dramatically with my family losing our only car in a car accident that my daughter and I were in, one family member getting horrifically injured in their own (separate) car accident, and another family member dying from a stroke – all within 3 weeks of each other. It was, by most people’s judgement, a bad year.
Add to that several difficult clients and big changes at work and at CCNI, I felt God had to drag me across the finish line! I’m so thankful for His presence in my life that I know I’m not doing this alone. How great is our God?! The rest of that lamentations passage says, “Great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” His faithfulness is so great. Through the challenges, he sent messages of hope and reminders that he cares. Simple things like encouraging emails and cards from colleagues and extra generous friends and family passing on blessings through finances, food, and prayer. It was certainly a whole year of waiting for Him.
And I continue to wait, in expectation of how He will carry me and all of CCNI this year. As I step out of the Presidency of CCNI this very week, I feel honored to be trusted with leading this organization and quite happy to pass it on to Rich Weigel who is and will be an excellent leader in this next chapter.
Thank you for being a part of our family. Serving you in serving others is such a joy and blessing to be a part of. In this new year, as you step out in courage and faith into the next thing He has for you, may you be aware of His new mercies and faithfulness. Of His love and compassion. Of His deep pride over you being His child.
Jenny Karr, CPLC
About the Author:
Jenny has been a fundraising coach with Tailored Fundraising Solutions for the last five years serving people in ministry – whether that be individual missionaries or non-profit leaders looking to fund the ministries God has given them.
Jenny and her family served as missionaries in SE Asia from 2012-2014 where she got an up-close look at the danger of missionaries being left to fend for themselves.
Her mission is to train, equip, and support people in ministry and she has a particular passion for working with people in transition or those starting or growing their business.
Jenny has volunteered on the CCNI Board since October 2017 and currently serves at President.
Outside of work, Jenny enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband and teenage daughter in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.