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Four Biblical Promises for Greeting the New Year

Do you greet the New Year with excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead?  Do you wonder what great things God is going to do and allow you to be a part of as the year progresses?  I would share with you that my goal is to meet the year expecting God to do great things in and around me—things that will leave me awestruck with wonder.  However, goals are not always attainable and I admit I struggle with achieving this one.

This is an extremely personal post for me, but God has laid it on my heart to share it.  I’m not sure it will ever make it to my blog—but I am dutifully going to write it and then go from there following whatever God leads me to do.

I love, love, love the holidays!  Starting with Halloween (my birthday) I begin looking forward to Thanksgiving because it means spending time with my family, and even the stress the holiday inevitably brings doesn’t deter my exuberance.  I am a late recruit to Black Friday shopping (I’ve only been participating in it for four years!) but my family loves to go out and about in the madness and have fun.  We may not even buy anything but just being involved allows us to have a good time.

As soon as the food is put up and the dishes are washed from our Thanksgiving meal, my eagerness for Christmas begins.  I love putting up the tree and reminiscing over the ornaments, old and new.  I love shopping for just the right gift for my loved ones and then wrapping them and putting them under the tree.  I enjoy baking Christmas goodies and sharing them.  I appreciate receiving Christmas cards and goodies in return.  Christmas is the highlight of my year—not for the presents I receive, but for the significance it holds for all mankind.  I look upon all the twinkling lights and exciting activities as celebrating the birth of Jesus—whether people are intentionally celebrating it that way or not.  They are celebrating and that’s enough for me.

For me Christmases have been blessed with fond memories and feelings of love permeating the atmosphere.  I cannot tell you about many of the presents I’ve received over the years—time has hidden them in my memory.  But I can recall the people I spent time with and the love I felt all around me.  I know many people do not share the luxury of pleasant Christmas memories, and I am truly saddened by this; but my memories are what make Christmas so special to me.

On to the New Year.  Usually starting about mid-afternoon Christmas day, sometimes earlier, sometimes later, I begin to feel the letdown.  The anticipation is over.  The excitement has waned.  People are tired and cranky.  And I start to dread the New Year.

After mulling it over, I suppose dread is not the right word.  I begin to “fear” the New Year.  I get overwhelmed with things I didn’t accomplish this past year or any years up until now.  I lack confidence that I will accomplish anything in the future.  And I am anxiety-ridden over whether I will lose any loved ones in the coming year.  That is my biggest fear.  That I will have to say goodbye to someone close to me.  Following acknowledgement of the fear, comes the feelings of guilt.  After that, comes the depression.  Sounds like I’m a basket case, right?

I cannot explain truly why these feelings come over me at this time of year, year after year.  But they do.  I can’t explain it because I know God is with me no matter what happens.  I’ve felt him with me in the past and I believe He is real and present though the Holy Spirit.  But if I truly believe this, and know this, why the feelings of fear?  Why do I dread what might not happen?  This is a battle I struggle to fight year after year.

As I look toward the next year (2017) and the negative feelings start to overwhelm me, I have decided to live what I say I believe.  I am going to walk the walk not just talk the talk.  I plan to turn to God for strength and guidance.  I will delve into His word to find my reassurance and my hope.

Listed below are several of the promises I will cling to from God’s word:

  1. When fear starts to overwhelm me, I will remember that the Lord has promised never to leave me nor forsake me.

. . . for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5b (ESV)

  1. When I am weak, I will remember that He will be my strength.

 10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

 

  1. When I am tired, He will let me rest in Him.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  Psalm 62:1 (ESV)

  1. When I am feeling battle-worn, wounded and weary from Satan’s attacks, I will shield myself by seeking refuge in Him.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1 (ESV)

Can I do it?  With His help I can. It won’t be easy.  Acknowledging these feelings is a beginning, but I know it will take effort to work through them.  However, I am determined to try.

If you face any of these or similar issues as you greet the coming year, I pray you will seek His guidance and find comfort in His word as well.  Please feel free to share your struggles as well.  I love to hear from my readers and I will be glad to pray for you as you work through them with me.

Note:  Follow the link below to a beautiful, prayerful song to offer reassurance when you’re feeling weak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7yystFxuCs

Lyrics to:              You are my All in All

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Songwriters
Dennis Jernigan

Published by
SHEPHERD’S HEART MUSIC INC

Source:  http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/dennis_jernigan/you_are_my_all_in_all.html

 

 

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Journaling Bee

I am a retired Christian wife and mother with a passion for reading, journaling, and sewing/quilting. As part of my ministry, I feel called to be an "encourager" and as such, decided to share some of my journaling experiences with the hopes that it would offer comfort, compassion, and encouragement.

3 thoughts to “Four Biblical Promises for Greeting the New Year”

  1. Boy, did this hit home! I, too, share some of (more like most of) those same fears. And like you I’m trying to work through them with God by my side. I’ll be praying for you and would appreciate if you would do the same for me. Love you!

    1. So glad you could identify. This was a tough post to write–not sure if others would understand what I was trying to say. I will pray for you as you. Fortunately, God is on our side, and we have His word to remind us. Love you too!

  2. I’m so glad you found some great Scriptures to hang onto! 2016 was a particularly trying year for many. I love http://www.lanavawser.com and her insightful words into her new year and destinies that God has for us. I have some overcoming Scripture cards on my blog targeted to different things like anxiety, exhaustion etc, you may find helpful, maybe? You were very brave to share 🙂

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