It's a New Year

I’m excited to start this year off with a crew of other “siestas” by putting to memory scripture.  Many of us are taking the challenge to memorize to verses a month.  I can’t wait to dive in and face this challenge head on.  2009, here I come!  Thousands of women across the US (and world, I’m sure) will be memorizing scriptures, arming ourselves for the year ahead. Whether joy or sorrow, we’ll be armed with the Word of God.  To start the year, I chose Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT). “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take our your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

I want that.  I want 2009 to be full of life, thanksgiving and a tender, responsive heart! The Wonders….

This time of year, as I’m looking back on the past year of events I get “the wonders.” Wondering what the next year holds: what events will transpire, what losses and/or gains I’ll experience, the joy and the sorrow, the ups and the downs.

The year of 2009 should hold HOPE for all of us and not necessarily because of the people in the government.  But because of the promise of a fresh start tomorrow, of a new beginning, of a God that will always take care of us.

I’m looking forward to a new year, a bright tomorrow. I think Jeremiah 29:11 will take on new meaning and be very real to a lot of Americans. With the economy in the toilet and jobs hanging in the balance, we cannot afford for those negatives to devour us, to consume our thoughts and motivations. We serve a God that is far too big for us to get stuck on thoughts of defeat.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13