Countdown to 2015….

Happy New Year! Well almost….

As they say, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

Is it me, or did 2014 just absolutely fly by….

Every year I try to come up with ways to make “creative” New Year’s resolutions and ever year those seem to go by the way side by the second week of January. Do you feel that way? This year, when making those resolutions, remember that a resolution is merely nothing more than an intention of something you’re determined to accomplish. That’s a lot of pressure and a lot of us (especially me) set those “goals” with unrealistic expectations. Today, as we get ready to welcome in 2015, I thought I would count us down to the new year with 10 verses that will help us all ring in the new year with expectations that God has already met and accomplished for us! How awesome is that and you’re welcome!

#10…. Pslams 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

#9…. Lamentations 3:22-24
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

#8…. Hebrews 12:10-11
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

#7…. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!

#6…. Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

#5…. Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

#4…. Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

#3…. 1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

#2…. Ezekiel 36:25-27
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

#1…. Jeremiah 29:11 (My Favorite)
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.

I hope 2015 is the best year of all of our lives…. I know that God is alive and He is in every decision we make, big and small. I pray that we all continue on our faith journies in this life and that you always know that we serve an amazing and forgiving God. I wish you and yours the absolute best!

Happy New Year!
Brian

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