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Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)     Mark 9:24 (NIV)

We say goodbye to one year and we greet a new year by the end of this day.  In the endings we experience and in the beginnings we anticipate it is good to trust in the Lord.

Jeremiah tells us, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Trust is blessed by God.  Blessed means a deep and abiding joy, a sense of strength, meaning, and happiness rooted in the Lord.  Here’s what that looks like in every day life. Perplexing anxiety can be set aside.  When droughts in life come, as they inevitably do, the one who trusts in God has no worries.  He/she let’s God carry them.

When life is dry, and hard and there is distress we can trust in One greater than ourselves.  We need not fear and get stressed out when the heat of adversity bears down upon us, for we are not alone.  Instead, we can put our trust in God.  When we trust we are like the tree planted by the water; our leaves will stay green and we will bear fruit even in a time of drought.

Remember, God loves us and wants to answer our prayers.  God has loved us in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  In this coming new year may Christ Jesus “help [us] overcome our unbelief” as we say again and again, “I do believe.”