What does the new year mean to you?  Is it a starting point for that diet or motivation for to save for something special? Have you resolved to do something, be something better?  January is a great time for new goals, commitments and resolutions.  But God’s word tells us that we do not have to wait for a new year.  His mercies are new every morning.

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” 
Lamentations 3:21-24
This is what the prophet Jeremiah wrote after going through an incredibly difficult time.  Do you think you had a bad year?  Read Lamentations chapter 3.  Jeremiah’s health was gone, his people ridiculed him, he was in poverty and had no peace in his soul and no hope.  And then he remembered:

·  It is because of God’s goodness and forgiveness that we are not devoured, finished or wasted.
·  His unfailing kindness, tenderness and grace is new every single day.  We start with a blank slate.
·  His faithfulness is immense and abundant and eternal.
·  Because the Lord is ours we have hope.
Whether 2013 was good, bad or somewhere in between, remember that when everything else fails, we have the Lord and because of that, we have hope.  Praying that you have a blessed year that is full of God’s love and grace.

By Karen W of Ellie Marie Designs

Comments (2)

On January 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM , sammysgrammy said...

A good reminder - We sing "the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end..............."

On January 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Amen, Karen. Thanks so much.