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Hope for The New Year

600 years before Christ, the prophet Jeremiah was given a message of hope for the Jewish people in exile. That message rings true today for all of us.

I woke up today with thoughts about my past.  I lay there thinking of childhood traumas, proud achievements, misdeeds, a collage of Christine.  It was a different experience and I wondered about it.  I’m still wondering, but the experience turned my thoughts to my currently  favororite scripture.  I refer to it a lot and have printed it out for some of my friends and family.  The hope Jeremiah gave to people so long ago is still the same hope that God offers to us today.  The scripture, Jeremiah 29: 11-14, reads thus:

     “I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give  you a future full of hope.  When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me.  Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot.”

I was 35 years old when that scripture first became real to me.  The consequences of finding the Lord with me have amounted to changes I never would have imagined.  Sometimes when I look back as I did this morning, I can tell when I have trusted the God I found and when I have not.  When I allow God to work, things change for the better.  (There’s a new book here if I get busy,) When I try to go it alone, things aren’t so great.  I mess things up and then have to work out of the difficulties.  I don’t like that type of phase in my life. 

At this time of making resolutions, my resolution and hope for this new year, is to seek the Lord more and to listen to the still, small voice that guides in the midst of life’s daily encounters.  I wish same peace that this brings to all of you.  HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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  1. shelpeare

    On December 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Great stuff! That “collage” of experiences of which you spoke is a “college” where we learn. On a light note, they say that experience is the worst teacher. It gives you the test and then it teaches you the lesson. Lol.

  2. KittyK

    On December 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Happy New Year and yes, the Lord needs to be in our every moment…

  3. vijayanths

    On December 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Great share. Wish you a very happy new year.

  4. jennifer eiffel01

    On December 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    great scripture. It is great to have trust in our good Lord. God bless you and I hope you find the new year great!

  5. Rezaul Karim2

    On January 1, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Always hope for the best!

  6. caesar27

    On January 1, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Thank for share Very intereresting

  7. girishpuri

    On January 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Happy new year

  8. Sustainable Living

    On January 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful scripture!

  9. Sustainable Living

    On January 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful scripture.

  10. abtexas

    On January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Nice article on the Lord and scripture. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Milky Way1

    On January 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

    get the best of the best

  12. Melody SJAL

    On January 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love that verse too. God bless you.

  13. afaceristonline

    On January 4, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Very good work good post success

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