New Beginnings New Hope through Proverbs, Prayers, and Promises

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Happy New Year! It’s time to celebrate New Beginnings with New Hope!

Each new year with the hope of new opportunities and fresh starts.
But for those who love the Lord, every day is a new beginning…
A forgiveness covered, begin again, 24 hours to approach with anticipation and hope.

Here are some quotes that are encouraging me as I anticipate the days ahead…

“Let’s make one resolution this year: to anchor ourselves to God’s grace.” ~ Chuck Swindoll

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“Enter the coming year with renewed hope in the power of God to do through you what you cannot.” ~ John MacArthur

The truth is, I started thinking about the New Year back in September. Not worrying about the future; although, the enemy loves to try to make that happen. Not making big plans for travel or pondering possible resolutions or life goals. But reflecting on an editorial plan and theme for our time spent together here at CMB.

In 2021, we studied the New Testament together, and last year, we were blessed by truths pulled from the pages of Psalms.

This year, I want to look more closely at wisdom and faith through Proverbs, Prayers, and God’s Promises.

What is wisdom?

Wikipedia defines it this way … “Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.” 

I’ve heard it said that wisdom is knowing the right thing to do and doing it.

Solomon wrote many verses about wisdom but this one may be one of the most well known…

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

Based on Solomon’s words, my definition of wisdom goes like this…

True wisdom is rooted in God’s Word. True wisdom influences every part of our lives … our thoughts, words, and actions.  For me, true wisdom is based on the firm foundation of faith—knowing, trusting, and loving my Lord and Savior, Jesus.

So, two days each week we will take a verse or two from the Book of Proverbs and the promises of God and look at ways we can apply them to our lives.

And once each week…

Well, we’ll add to our list of Verses and Prayers.

If you have a topic you’d like us to study and pray about, I’d love to hear about it. I’ve found praying Scripture to be a faith-building blessing. So, if you have a verse or a Biblical word or theme that you believe would bless our prayer time, leave it in the comments below.

That’s the plan! A closer look at Proverbs, Prayers, and Promises to help us grow in faith and live with wisdom. And I may even add the occasional post based on one of Rev’s old sermons here and there.

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Before we go, let’s take a moment to ask the Lord to be with us and bless us in 2024.

A Prayer for the New Year –
New Beginnings … Living with Faith and Wisdom

Father God, Thank you so much for the gift of another day … another year. We consider a new calendar year as a new beginning or a fresh start. But the truth is, by Your grace … every day is an opportunity to begin again. We don’t have to wait for a new week, a new month, or a new year.

Your Word says that Your love is great and Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning because of Your great faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22–23) It tells us that You are trustworthy in all You promise and faithful in all You do. (Psalm 145:13)

I thank and praise You for who You are and for all You have done and continue to do for me. I give myself to You and ask You to help me grow deeper faith roots this year. Please prompt me to spend time with You each day so that I might be rooted in Your love that surpasses knowledge and gives wisdom and understanding.

Please help me remember that I can bring everything to You in prayer. By the power of Your Spirit, please help me grow in and live with wisdom. Guide me and walk with me along the path that You have already prepared for me.

I give myself to You. Teach me. Strengthen me. And use me for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The Message paraphrases Paul’s words to the Colossians like this…

 Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Colossians 3:17 (MSG)

I want to do that … I want every detail of my life to be done in the name of Jesus for God’s glory but wow, I get distracted and stray off the path.

But that’s the blessing of new beginnings!

Every day is a gift of God’s grace, mercy, and love.

So, let’s focus our hearts and minds on Jesus prayerfully asking the Spirit to guide us in truth and wisdom so that we might grow in faith, hope, and love.

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  1. I had someone share the idea of picking a word and focusing on it for the year. I started with A and picked the word authentic, 3 years later I am still delving into this word with awe and wonder.

    1. I love it, Debbie. I used to pick a word for the year but then several years ago my word was SEEK and it stuck. It became my “life” word. Now I’ve added four more that I call my words of faith – SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, LOVE, and OBEY. I hold them close to my heart. He is worthy of all our awe and wonder. Many blessings to you and your family in 2024.

  2. Shenika Tucker says:

    I love the first read of the year . After studying wisdom and faith I would love to see / converse on topics regarding suffering and how we benefit from it. One of my favorite scriptures regarding suffering comes from 1 Peter 5:10 .

    I must add that i greatly appreciate your studies and prayers .

    Thank you for blessing us all with them . I’ve been reading your emails for over seven years roughly.

    May Gods favor just chase and shower you more abundantly.

    Amen 🙏🏾

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Thank you also for your study suggestion. That’s an important and helpful topic. No suffering seems beneficial at the time but God’ Word says that God allows it for our good and His glory. I will do a little more digging into it. Thanks and many blessings in 2024.

      1. Shenika Tucker says:

        Yes !! Thank you for being both receptive and responsive. Also , you are so very welcome.

        Enjoy this marvelous Monday in the Lord ❤️

  3. katharine says:

    Isaiah 50:4 b NLT
    “Morning by morning He wakens me and gives me understanding to do His will.”

    This verse really encourages me to start each day with God showing me the way. Thanks for all you do to bring God’s Word to us as it is such a blessing every morning.

    In His love, 84 year old Great Granny.

    1. Thank you, Katharine. I truly appreciate your kind encouragement. Blessings to you and your family. And thank you for sharing that wonderful verse.

  4. Martha Orlando says:

    I’m so looking forward to a year at CMB seeking God’s wisdom and applying it to our lives in meaningful ways, Deb. All blessings come to you in this new year!

    1. God’s blessings to you and your family, Martha! I am so thankful for you and your friendship!

  5. I love studying the book of Proverbs and Psalm and are looking forward to your teaching on them.

    1. Thank you, Betty! I’m so glad you’re joining us. God bless you!

  6. Ana Cordova says:

    Amen Deb for the beautiful prayers and words to help begin the New Year thanking, glorifying, and prayer to God our Savior. Help me to not stray away from you dear Lord give me the love, grace, and mercy to spend time with you daily. Be my guide in all of my life I am at your mercy.
    Hope your holiday’s were wonderful and may God continue to give us wisdom to always seek him.

    1. Thank you, Ana! I am joining you in your prayer. May the Lord be our heart’s desire and guide us safely along the path He has prepared. May the year ahead be abundantly blessed for you and those you love.

  7. Carol Williams says:

    Thank you Deb, for your always encouraging emails. You bring blessing and unique insight on so many relevant topics.
    Looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments again this year.

    1. Thank you, Carol. I love being able to do this and friends like you truly make it a joy-filled blessing. God be with you and bless you!

  8. Cindy johns says:

    I am so excited you’re doing the book of proverbs! It’s my go to for living wisely. I fail often but I never give up on walking with the lord. Thank you for always uplifting me in every way

    1. So many place extra value on knowledge and education but what we need most is wisdom. By God’s grace, He is our source of wisdom and wants to instill it into all who follow Him. We are so blessed. Thank you for your kindness and encouragement, Cindy. I truly appreciate you! Blessings and hugs!

  9. Marilyn Laite says:

    Good morning. What a lovely Book to draw from. Proverbs is the Book I endeavor live by. I am so happy you have chosen to take the verses each week from this Book. I look forward to implementing the lessons into my life.
    With gratitude

    1. Thank you, Marilyn! I truly appreciate your kindness and encouragement. God bless you!

  10. Mary Nelso says:

    Happy new year to you Deb, Rev & Sadie. Looking forward to journeying with you through Proverbs what fun🥰❤️

    1. Thank you, Mary! Praying the Lord blesses you abundantly!