Are you ready for the new year? Are you ready to put 2011 behind you and move on to what is waiting for you in the new year? If you are as ready as I am to say goodbye to the old and prepare for a new and promising future, then I suggest that you begin to expect the best and HOPE for blessings to begin coming your way.

Hope—like faith—is the ability to expect and anticipate God’s blessings and goodness. For we are asked to believe in and hope for what we cannot see, what is not tangible, but what can occur and come into fruition. We are told in Hebrews 1:1 that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is through faith and hope that we build a relationship with God that allows us to trust in and believe in His goodness; a relationship that instills in us the fact that without faith we have no hope, we have no promise for the future.

So what can you do to begin your journey of hope for the new year? It’s simple—be hopeful, and expect doors to open for you. Expect that your life is in transition into new and exciting opportunities. Expect that 2012 is just the beginning of more blessings and promises that God has in store for your life. And that His plan can be all that you ever desired or imagined when you simply decide that faith and your relationship with Him can bring a new beginning.