“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.” Jeremiah 29:11

Today we begin a new year.  I am sure that most of us are remembering how we started out the past year with plans and hopes for what we would be doing.  Then everything changed and we found ourselves having to readjust our lives.  Now the question in our minds is whether this year will be any different.  Will we be able to return to some sort of normal?  We do not know, but we do know that, as our scripture for today tells us, God has plans for our lives and He will be there for us every step of the way.

I would like to share a poem that I wrote a few years ago, but I believe it is still pertinent today.

A New Year Begins

A new year dawns, uncharted and unknown.

We know not what this day will bring, but we do not walk alone.

When we put our trust in God, His promise is secure.

That He will guide each step we take and lead us through each door.

Each circumstance we face each day will be filtered by His love.

We need not fear or question, for He is watching from above.

Our thoughts sometimes deceive us, but He knows what is best.

And as we yield ourselves to Him, He’ll take us through each test.

So as this new year begins, there’s no better way to start.

Than trusting in the Saviour, and giving Him all our heart.

Many people will be making resolutions today, and most of them will be broken or forgotten by next week.  Instead of resolutions, let us set some goals that we can work towards every day, things that will last for eternity.  I am determined draw closer to the Lord in the coming year, spend more time reading His Word, talking to Him in prayer, and seeking His perfect will for my life.  I am determined to hone the talents the Lord has given me so that I can use them to bless others.  I am determined to seek opportunities to witness to others and share my blessings with them.  These are attainable goals that we can follow through on for the whole year.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank you for your hand upon us through the past year.  As we begin a new one, we commit ourselves to learn more of you and strive to walk in the path that you have chosen for us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston



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