“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.” Jeremiah 29:11

As we prepare to welcome another new year, we often look  at calendars from the past and remember happy days that h brought calm and content. Sweet memories bring peace to our hearts. But, it’s hard to reflect on days that were difficult. And, it’s hard to comprehend why we’ve had to deal with struggles in our lives. But, God reminds us who’s in charge of ALL things. He helps us remember we are NOT alone in our journeys. 

He equips us to handle life events. God prepares us for what’s to come. The Bible says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."Isaiah 43:18 NIV He motivates us to move ahead and readies us to faithfully believe in His promises. He provides EVERYTHING we need to find HOPE for the future and reminds us who will take care of His children. 

Months will pass quickly. God WILL provide in the New Year ahead. Jesus will lift us to His loving arms of strength and carry us EVERY day of our lives, if we allow ourselves to be held. We must remember to TRUST in God and never forget who has a plan for our days. He WILL fill us with peace that passes all understanding. He is GOD and HE LOVES US. 

Dear God, as we consider the events of the past, help us remember we are being guided by You. Thank you for handling our lives and giving us HOPE for the future. We will find peace in the promise of Your presence and gratefully embrace what’s to come, as we faithfully TRUST in YOU. Amen


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