As much thought as I put into January 1st of each year, and as quickly as all of those thoughts fly out the window by the middle of the month, God reminds me that He is all I need. He is always present, never changing.
Bible Verse of the Day
But this I call to mind,Lamentations 3:21-24 ESV
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
New Year’s Superstitions
Before I made my way back to God, I used to put stock in horoscopes and superstitions. One such superstition was if you have money in the bank and food in the pantry at the first of the year, you’d have that all year long. In other words, it would be a “successful” year. A couple of days ago, I decided to put a large payment on some debt, but part of me had that old self tugging at me, “wait until after the first,” as if that would really have any sort of impact on 2022.
I almost made a much smaller payment, but then, guess what/who popped in my head? Ananias and Sapphira! (Acts 5:1-10). Not that I was withholding from the Holy Spirit, but I had this sense of not trusting God with my future! I felt horrible and immediately paid the original amount I had intended.
My life verse–I think of it all the time and it reminds me not to lean on my own understanding. I need to trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). He is all I need. I also don’t want to worry about the future anymore (Matthew 6:25-34). I want to have the faith of Abraham and Moses.
What Scripture is God placing on your heart this week? Let me know in the comments.
Please join me this week in praying for new beginnings. Let’s pray for wisdom and direction. Ask God for guidance. Pray that any resolutions, themes, or words that we come up with for the new year are for God’s glory and part of His plan for our lives. Let’s also pray for those who are hurting. So many people have lost loved ones recently. Pray also for those who are hurting physically, who are battling illness and disease; may God heal them in the new year.
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