Happy New Year!
I love this time of year. It comes with so much hope for me. I reflect back on the previous year and see how God brought me through some hard times, how He opened doors for me to go through, and how He blessed me with family, friends and opportunities of ministry. I also critically look at the last year’s resolutions that didn’t get accomplished – such as losing so much weight; spending more time in God’s Word; getting out of debt. I find that these three goals have been on my New Year’s resolution list for years! Ugh! Why am I such a stiff-necked person? Why do I not have any self-control? Maybe you can relate to me …
No matter how disappointed I am in myself, and no matter what goals were not achieved, I have a God who wipes my slate clean every day. Lamentations 3:19-23 sums this up perfectly: “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” If this doesn’t lift your spirits, I don’t know what will.
These verses are the gift of new life, a new day, new opportunities. My past failures can be laid to rest and I have the freedom to walk into this day without the shackles of the past holding me down.
As a mom, as you reflect upon this last year, I know you are going to remember things that built up your family and then there will be those memories that bring ‘bitterness and gall’. Lift up your head, breathe deep and fresh because God has gifted you with today. You are not who you were yesterday. You are stronger, smarter. You can walk into today with those strengths. You can walk into today trusting in God and His Word. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
So as this new year begins, I am claiming Psalm 143:8. I am hoping you will too. It says, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
God has a plan and a purpose for you this year. Are you going to trust in that? God has made a way for you to get there. Are you going to walk in that? Memorize Jeremiah 29:11 if you are having doubts…”‘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.” Now that’s something to get excited about.
Happy New Year!