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Facing the New Year

When I welcome a new year, I have many thoughts and emotions.  There is always excitement, thinking about new beginnings.  Many times it’s easy to experience fear when I contemplate the future year and what might happen.  With chronic illnesses, there is always fear that my health will continue to worsen.
Because I know that God wants the best for me, I search the Bible for encouragement when I have times of fear or anxiety.  Verses of Scripture are there to provide comfort and encouragement, as well as to teach me.  Everyone has their own special feelings about the new year.  I think moms tend to worry.  We worry about our children. 
Because of that, I have learned that what I really need to do is pray and reassure myself with Scripture.
2019 is a year that our family will probably move.  We’ll be moving to a place we don’t know yet.  When our son goes to graduate school in about seven months, we’ll move with him.  As we wait to see which school he attends, we won’t know where we’ll be living next year.  I feel like we’re set for an adventure and try to look at it in a positive way.  But, I’m also getting nervous about moving.  This verse gives me assurance that everything will be good:
The Lord is my strength and my shield;My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7
2019 is a year that could be a year of financial struggles.  Since we’re retired, we need to live carefully and not take on extra expenses.  With chronic illnesses, this is next to impossible.  We do pretty good, but haven’t done everything we can to live on our budget.  We have been traveling much more than usual, because we’re now grandparents.  With no certainty for finances, trusting God is necessary.  He’s never let us down. 
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