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What's Your Plan for 2015?
December 31, 2014

As we say goodbye to 2014 and start into the New Year I thought it would be good to have a list of Bible verses to keep tucked away to guide, give encouragement and direct.

When I think of the New Year, I picture, in my mind, a wide open field blanketed with fresh fallen snow.  The snow is untouched, no markings or footprints in it at all. It’s just waiting for someone to make an impression in it, to begin a trail that leads somewhere.  That’s exactly what the Lord gives us each and every day, not just on New Year’s Day.  He gives us a special day every new day.

His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.  My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. (Lamentations 3:23-24)

As we enjoy each day afresh with the Lord’s loving kindness, we can hope in Him, for a bright future.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Oftentimes, we make decisions without asking God for guidance.  We need to seek His direction and counsel in even the minor decisions we make each day.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5&6)

I have to share an example of this.  Before my husband and I were married he set out to buy a new vehicle.  It had all the bells and whistles on it, and it was definitely a car people would admire.  When he came to visit me and told me what he had done I asked him if he had prayed about making that decision.  He looked at me rather strangely.  For some reason it hadn’t occurred to him that this was something he should seek the Lord’s counsel in.  That night he went home and prayed about it.  He said he woke up with pains in his stomach, because he felt he had made a big mistake.  He felt the Lord was directing him to cancel the order and so he did.  It was a good decision because the Lord directed him, a few months later, to another job in which he was given a company car.

When we begin to get anxious and fret remember we don’t need to be crushed under the pressure.  Hand the worry over to the Lord.  Wait on Him, He will see you through.  He holds our future in His hands.

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help youI will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Take each day as it comes.  Live in the present moment trust God for your tomorrows.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)

As you ring in the new year and make footprints in the fresh new days of 2015,  may these verses help steer you along the way.  Blessings!

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