Saturday, January 5, 2019

God Holds Me In 2019

Hey Friends,

Happy New Year from Odie! We survived another full year and we are now 5 days into 2019. I am always excited to begin a new year, I like the fresh start. I have some hopes and dreams for this year, but only God knows the full picture for 2019. 

2018 was a fabulous year for me. I had many joyous days that I will fondly remember for the rest of my life. I owe many people thanks for making 2018 a year that was unforgettable! Most of all I thank God for His provision, guidance and blessings in my life!

Last year is now history and I can not live in the greatness of the past, nor is it possible to change the few horrible days of the year, but I must live for today. I can only change how I respond to today. 

When I look ahead to the future it is easy for me to worry and fear the unknown, but I must remember that God is in control of the unknown. I can not fear God. He holds me and He holds tomorrow in His mighty hand! 

So I choose to look ahead to the coming days with joy and anticipation. I know that troubles and trials will come. I am not asking for them, but I know that God is on my side. I will trust Him to see me through.

One of my favorite scripture passages is found in Psalms 118. I was reminded of this portion, Psalms 118:1-6, when I was pondering this post.

1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Today I boldly proclaim with the Psalmist that the Lord is Good and that His mercy endures forever. I can call upon the Lord in 2019 and He will hear me. The Lord is on my side even right now.

I have wonderful news for you, my friend! God is not a respecter of persons. He holds you in the palm of His hand. You are valuable to God! Whatever you are facing today or in the future, He is there with you too!

I will close with the lyrics of I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. This a classic song was written by Ira Stanphill. I love the message of this song. It gives me hope for my future. Click here to view The Isaacs version of this song.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me. Have a wonderful weekend. 

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Verse 1
I don't know about tomorrow 
I just live from day to day 
I don't borrow from its sunshine 
For its skies may turn to gray 
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him 
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand 

Verse 2
I don't know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty 
But the one who feeds the sparrow 
Is the one who stands by me 
And the path that be portion 
May be through the flame or flood 
But His presence goes before me

And I'm covered with His blood

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow 
And I know who holds my hand 

But I know who holds tomorrow 
And I know who holds my hand

Songwriter: Ira F. Stanphill
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group

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