What are you hoping for?

A new year always has me stepping into it with a little apprehension. While its exciting to think about what lies ahead, it’s also a little scary. Though 2023 is now in day 10, and is no longer a blank page, there is still a lot more year to traverse.

At the start of a year, many people choose Bible verses. It’s kind of a way of keeping us centered in God and holding onto His words throughout the new year. A reminder of His promises to us.

I chose Jeremiah 29:11 as my verse. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

What a beautiful promise is found in these words. God has thoughts of peace for us if we trust in Him. He wants to give us a future filled with hope.

Isn’t that amazing to realize that the God who created the universe knows each of our thoughts and concerns and He has good plans for us?

Before the end of last year, two words kept popping into my head. I normally choose a word for the New Year, but this year God gave me two. Trust. I want to trust Him more with every decision of my life.

Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

And the hardest and most challenging word for me to actually do. . .Wait on the Lord. Sometimes,

I think I know His answer and I charge off and do something on my own only to have it fall apart. So, Proverbs 3:5 is a hard one for me. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  

Whenever I lean on my own understanding, things work out badly, but when I wait and trust in God’s wisdom, the right answer will come, even if it’s one that I don’t always understand at the moment.

What about you? Did you choose a verse for the year, or a word. Or are you charging into 2023 trusting God to lead the way each day.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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