Monday, January 6, 2014

A Year of Promises!

Welcome to another new year, friends! I hope you've enjoyed your Christmas holidays. Followed through with old traditions, made new ones. Enjoyed our wonderful Savior.

Instead of saying HAPPY new year, I'll say something else. (I have said Happy New Year and begrudge no one the saying, I'm making a point.) You see, some woke up this morning still in physical and emotional pain, still struggling financially, still grieving lost loved ones, still afraid or uncertain of the future. What I will say is, here is to a promising new year. Here are just a few of those promises. Happiness may not come, but the joy of the Lord is deep and abiding even when things aren't happy.

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:10-11

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord." Isaiah 54:17

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ." Ephesians 1:3

"May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!" 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"...nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:38-39

"And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20


Which of these promises spoke to your heart most? Or if you have a promise you plan to "stand" on this year, feel free to share it! 

Also, Happy Birthday to my mom today! I love you, mom! Here's to a promising new year for you!

17 comments:

  1. Yes indeed! Jeremiah 29:11

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    There is always HOPE in the Lord and I am anticipating the work, blessing, and presence of the Lord each and every day!

    It's gonna be an awesome year!

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    1. Your excitement and anticipation is palpable! I'm feeling every bit of it as I read your comment, Sherrinda! It IS going to be an awesome year!

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  2. My favorite? How can I choose? Well, if I have to, it's "Nothing can separate us from the love of God..." Thanks for all the wonderful verses this morning Jessica!

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    1. It is hard to choose. Sometimes I think my favorite depends on what I'm going through at the time or something I read prior to being asked! You're so welcome, Anne!

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  3. I LOVE Isaiah 43:19--one of my favorite New Years-y verses...and one of my favorite verses in general.

    Happy birthday to your mom!

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    1. Thanks, Tagg! I love that verse too. New Years-y--lol

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  4. I love the scripture from Isaiah 43! (And one of my personal faves is Jeremiah 29:11).

    Such great "meat" today, Jess! And so good to see you back in the blogging saddle. I'm looking forward to great things ahead!

    Hugs, friend! (...oh...and where there's a will, there's a way! Temporarily switched to an old, bane-of-my-existence browser just so I could comment on your awesome blog! Lol)

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    1. It feels good to be back in the saddle! Hugs back, my friend. Hey whatever works to communicate, right? :)

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  5. Oh, this is easy! Isaiah 54:17 spoke to me--I just wrote it down in my planner. God is on our side!! Have a lovely day!

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    1. God IS so on our side!!!! Hope your have a fabulous, and peaceful (wink wink) week!

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  6. Ahhh, Scripture after Scripture...LOVE. Comfort and peace overflowing. Thanks so much for the soul refuel, my Friend. Hugs!

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    1. You are so welcome, only returning the favor since everything God leads you to write moves and inspires me! Hugs!

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  7. The Thessalonians one. I'm claiming that for my FIL!!

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    1. Claim it, girl!!!! I will claim it with you!

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  8. Romans 8:38-39... wow! Not even our fears today or worries tomorrow can separate us from God's love. I love that! They were all great and encouraging scriptures but I especially liked Romans 8.

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    1. Helps give me a better perspective for sure. Thanks, Gayle. And thanks for stopping by, so cool! I love your photo!

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  9. I love the verse from Isaiah 43--a pathway through the wilderness, rivers in a dry wasteland. And the one in John, where Jesus talks about abiding, and that my joy may be full. Amen! I am ready for a year of promise and new beginnings. Bless you, Jessica!

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