Prayer for the New Year

Of course it's hard to believe yet another has come and gone! Reflecting back on 2010, I am reminded of God's faithfulness during all the ups and downs no matter how big or small they were. I'm trusting in His faithfulness for this new year as well!
Recently I've been drawn to a couple of passages in Psalms and I thought they would be a great prayer for our family as we enter this new year.

Psalm 143:8-11 "Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life."

Psalm 144:12-15  "May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughter(s) be like a graceful pillar, carved to beautify a palace. May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD."

The first passage is a prayer for God's blessing on all that we do and that He would lead us into the new year on a firm footing.

The second passage is a prayer for God's blessing on our children and our provisions. True, we do not have a barn (although we would have one if we could!), nor do we have flocks of sheep or oxen (although we would love to have some chickens some day!), but it is still a prayer for God to bless us and to provide for us in the coming year.

I can say that looking back on 2010 there were definitely some tough times financially and it was hard to always buy the healthy food that I wanted to for my family, BUT there is a joy and peace that comes from knowing it doesn't all rest on us. God is our Father and He faithfully filled in the gaps. He always meets our needs. We just need to remember to sort through all the "stuff" in life and let Him determine what our needs are versus our wants. Because of this I can proclaim, "Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD."

So, I'm reminding myself to "look forward" to 2011 and not be anxious of what the new year may bring. Here's a poem my aunt included on her Christmas card this year. I thought I would share it with you as well.

I said to the man at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may walk
safely into the unknown.”
And he said to me…
“Put your hand into the hand of God
And it shall be to you better than the
light and safer than the known.”
—King George VI

I'm also very excited to see where this blog will be in 2011! I pray God's blessing on it and that He would:
  • cause it's influence to expand
  • that He would use it to equip others to be purposeful homemakers
  • that He would increase my knowledge of healthy living on a budget and then be able to pass that information on to you
  • that it would be a resource and a blessing to others
Do you have any topics that you would like to see covered in this coming year? Please leave a comment and let me know. If you're not already a follower, would you consider becoming one? Thanks so much if you do!

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