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1 Bible 2Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’”

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I wanted to share with my readers the below prayer penned by Lucile Calhoun Stewart concerning the New Year that is before us and should speak to the heart of every believer who confesses Jesus Christ as Savior of their life.

Our dear God of love and care,

Another year of our lives has passed.

Please take from our hearts the burden we bear

Of the “luggage” we held so fast.

Resentment, envy, self-pity, and pride,

Help us forget all our fear.

Help us to put away things that abide

To hinder the joys of this year.

May we put behind us all of the old

To make room for the new ahead.

The New Year is filled with days of gold,

If we look for the good instead.

No more of the luggage of the past,

A new year beckons us on.

Please help us to make it a better one

Than the old year that is gone.

We pray for Your guidance and care

In all that we undertake.

Please help us to follow You everywhere

Through this bright New Year, for Christ’s sake.

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Closing thoughts:

Were you able to accomplish all that you had planned to do this past year? Even the best intentions have a way of getting sidetracked by unexpected circumstances. If you’re anything like, me, the previous 12 months have been a mixture of experiences that have brought either great joy or deep grief. We’ve celebrated birthdays and graduations, as well as mourned the loss of those we love. Laughter and tears, success and failure, pleasure and pain, they are all part of life day by day and year by year.

The unforeseen twists and turns of life can discourage us, or they can cause us to draw closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and depend more on Him. The right kind of planning, according to the apostle James, recognizes the unpredictability of life and the need to include God at the center of our planning. James wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15).

So let each of us enter this New Year by submitting all of our plans to the Lord and depending on Him to help us daily to accomplish all that He wants us to do.

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My beloved, when we confess our sin to the Lord, He is quick to forgive our past and fill our future with hope. He can bring good out of our wasted years. He does that by teaching us humility through our failures, and by helping us to understand the weaknesses we have in common with others.

Although our previous year may have been blighted by sin, God is eager to restore us and give us much fruit from our labor. What we have learned from the past can now result in productive service for Him and heartfelt praise to Him. This New Year is filled with hope!

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No matter how dark your past, with Christ your future is bright

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