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New Year, New Hope

Here we are in the first week of a brand new year. You may be relieved that the holidays are behind us, or maybe you’re feeling down about the passing of that sacred season.

Alex and I spent the long Christmas weekend in Arkansas between parents’ homes being spoiled with presents and delicious home cooked meals and blessed time with loved ones. This was our fifth Christmas to make the drive back from Arkansas to Houston, and it’s always a bit sad leaving precious family.

Now, it’s back to work and responsibilities and eating healthy again and soon it will be spring and May is always an especially busy month and . . . Whew. Where do we land?

How about hope?

hope (hōp) n. 1 a feeling that what is wanted will happen; desire accompanied by expectation  2 the object of this  3 a person or thing on which one may base some hope

With a new year comes new hope. Whatever hurts marked 2016, 2017 is a brand new page in your book. Whatever expectations were crushed during your 2016, new hope springs out of the year 2017. While there is nothing magical about the turn of a new year, there is no better time to make some goals and get excited about the next 12 months of life.

What are you hoping for this year? God cares about our hopes, dreams, desires, and even our fears. He cares about you and me as is so incredibly evident in the person and saving work of Jesus.

I’ve had some fears spring up this week. And God has very strongly nudged me to take not just the holy, happy thoughts to Him but my fears to Him as well. He already knows them, yes. But there’s something hopeful and definitely relational about willingly sharing it all with Him.

In the dictionary definitions above, I just love number 3. Jesus Christ is our hope! He is the one who brings hope and healing to our broken souls. I don’t want to live 2017 as though anyone or anything else can do that. Here’s to a new year of hope!

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Hebrews 6.19

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