December 30, 2022
12 New-Year Reminders To Read Before 2023
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“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
As we stand at the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, we’ve decided today’s devotion will be a little different. Take some time to soak in these truth-filled reminders, one for each month, as you look back on 2022 and step into 2023. And, friend, trust that God is already there, working out all things for the good of those who love Him! (Romans 8:28) Happy New Year!
Be who you needed when you were younger. There’s probably a college student who needs to hear your testimony, a young mom who needs to hear she’s doing a good job, or a middle-school girl who needs to hear love isn’t how her dad treated her mom. Someone needs your story, your presence and your discipleship.
Rest is a holy rhythm, not a prize to be earned. True rest comes from stepping away from the craziness of life and being still while knowing God is in control. Cultivate patterns of rest in your life.
As the year is coming to an end, we know there can be a mix of emotions. Acknowledging both the hard things and the happy things that happened can leave us unsure of where to go next. That’s why, at Proverbs 31 Ministries, we want to be one of the places you can turn to find biblical Truth and hope. Before this year is over, will you join our family of donors who have given a gift in 2022? Without you, we can’t continue to do what we do. Click here to give now.
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Genesis 21:1, 6, “Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised … Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’” (NIV)
How have you doubted God in 2022? Going into 2023, commit to being a daughter of God who laughs in amazement at God rather than laughing in doubt. What do you want to trust God with this year? Share in the comments!
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