Reflections on Last Year and Hope for the New Year

Well, it is finally here–the last day of 2018! What a year it was for me, and probably for you! I lost my best friend in March and got a new granddaughter in April. Isn’t that what life is all about? You lose something and get something else. It has never quite seemed to balance out for me, but I do trust the Creator who makes all things right for me. As the year ends, I have chosen a Scripture for the New Year, one that I plan to memorize and use as my mantra for the year.

Of course, I know that the Lord is an everlasting God. At least my mind does. I need to get that truth into my heart. I know that He never is weak or weary, but it’s hard for my mind to comprehend that, especially since I feel weak and tired a lot lately. God understands everything, and yet I sometimes fail to trust in His love and comprehension of all things that are coming at me. He will give me power this year, power to face whatever I have to face and the strength to get through it. That is very significant for me since I am facing surgery, the same kind of surgery that my friend Barbara died from. So, there is it…the face in the mirror is not as strong as I want to be but I am not as weak as I thought because I have God beside me.

Yes, our bodies are dying, as evidenced in the body parts that break or no longer work as they were designed. But our spirits are being renewed. Do you know what that means? I don’t have to worry about not being able to move as quickly or being able to breathe deeply without pain? I don’t have to be concerned with the future, a future that inevitably means that one day I will die. This year? Maybe. No one knows the day of their death, but I do know that I am prepared for it because I have Jesus in my heart and He is renewing His Spirit within my heart daily. His promises are true! He will not leave or change His mind about what He has promised.

This is the secret to a life of power and strength and being renewed daily. Have you acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of God? Have you asked Him to come live in your heart and to forgive you of your sins? That is how God’s Spirit comes and lives in you; the Holy Spirit will bring you the peace, power and strength that you need just when you need it. That is what He has been doing for me and I know that He is no respecter of persons because His Word says exactly that. (Acts 10:34 KJV and Romans 2:11 KJV). God treats rulers and servants exactly the same; He created us all and doesn’t see titles or aristocracy or poverty. He sees each of us as His unique creation, made to worship Him. When problems assail us, we have a God to run to who never gets weak or weary and who always understands.

How will I get through the New Year? The same way that I got through 2018…one step, one day, one breath at a time, knowing that God is there with me and He won’t get tired of supporting me and taking care of me. He will never stop understanding how weak I feel sometimes. He will always love me. And that is the God that I want all of my readers to know. Do you have a Scripture for the New Year? Please share it with me in the comments. God is worthy of praise and honor, so let’s start 2019 by giving Him the glory that He deserves! Blessings to you all, and thank you for being a part of my blog family in 2018!

9 thoughts on “Reflections on Last Year and Hope for the New Year

  1. Lee Poskey

    My wife struggles with her permanent medical disability, and she loves Jeremiah 31.3, and so I recommended this verse to you to strengthen you Vickie…

    “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me,Β saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

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  2. Purple Rose

    β€œThe steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”~ Lamentations 3:22-23


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