Today I thought the best way to start our year off was with some words of hope, wisdom and encouragement from the Bible and wise spiritual leaders.
“None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45
“Be still and know that I am God. Lord, may your Spirit guide me to seek your loving presence more and more. For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.” Loyola Press
“He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.” Acts 9:18-19
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Let’s live like we believe God is for us.” Melinda Mattson
“Let them all praise the name of the Eternal! For His name stands alone above all others. His glory shines greater than anything above or below.” Psalm 148:13
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“When we take delight we gain the very thing that was our goal all along.” Stephanie Bryant
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14
As we start this new year and reflect on the one that has just ended I’m reminded by these words and thoughts that not every year is a great one, not every year is one of forward progress, and not every year is one that produces tangible results. Some years are years of personal reflection, tearing down, and rebuilding. These tend to be years that you feel really beat up by at the end and even though some really good things may have been started, you’re still a long way from seeing results yet. But regardless of what type of year last year was or this year will be for you, we can depend on God to be there with us and guide us through it.
I encourage you to choose to look at the year ahead with a positive attitude and confidence that it will be a good year in one way or another. Don’t let your doubts, failures or fears rule your life. Instead trust that God will go with you through it and you will find reasons to celebrate in 2017.