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The eve of a new year is often a great time to reflect, to rejoice over the progress of the past year while also learning from the setbacks and mistakes. Then it’s time to look forward. What would you like to accomplish? What would you like to change?
One key to succeeding in the new year is to plan ahead but not worry ahead. “Don’t worry” may seem easier said than done, particularly if you are facing an uncertain future with health, financial, or personal problems. This is why planning alone is not enough.
Peace of mind comes from putting your future in God’s hands and trusting Him to work things out. If you not only make plans, but also commit those plans to Him, He promises to help bring your plans to fruition.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5). Of course, this is provided your plans are within the scope of what He knows is best for you and others involved, so the first step is to check your plans with Him—or better yet, get your plans from Him.
Take a few quiet minutes to open your mind to God, and He will put His thoughts there. He loves you and has your best interests at heart, so ask Him to help you set goals and lay plans, and He will.
You just might find that His ideas are far better than your own. He says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). And with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Do what you can by asking God for direction as you plan and prepare for the year ahead, and commit your needs to Him in prayer. Then continue to seek His help throughout the year, and watch Him guide, provide, and take care of you!
New Year Prayer:-
Dear Jesus, I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I put that future in Your hands. Thank You for the many promises You have given that encourage me to trust You (Psalm 37:3; 73:28; Proverbs 29:25). Help me to have faith as I begin this new year, to be fully persuaded that what You have promised, You will also perform (Romans 4:21). No matter what life has in store, may I stay close to You and draw comfort from the knowledge that nothing can separate me from Your love (Romans 8:38-39). May I walk in truth (3 John 4), in love (Ephesians 5:2), in wisdom (Colossians 4:5), and most of all with You. Amen.
– – – created by Abi F. May