Instead, I'm referring to the kind of hope, which helps each one of us rise above relentless adversity no matter how fiery the flames. Despite fierce opposition, we can welcome 2014 because we have a God who is so much BIGGER than any hardship that may come our way.
Whether you're struggling with sickness, financial ruin, tragic loss, or relationships ripped to shreds, nothing is too difficult for Jesus. In our flesh, it may appear like an impossible mountain to climb and we may feel paralyzed to endure never ending pain.
The good news is that we are not alone. Christ will help us conquer our battles. One crucial component to overcoming trials is to surrender them to Him and stand firm in our faith. Trust that His divine will for your life is in the palm of His hands.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) proclaims, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Ten Tips to Bring Hope into 2014:
1. Start your new year by focusing on the positive.
2. Look for hidden blessings all around you.
3. Have an optimistic attitude.
4. Hold firmly to faith.
5. Reach out to help those less fortunate.
6. Be true to yourself.
7. Pray for God to reveal His will for you.
8. Take action!
9. Envision a brighter future.
10. Always cling to hope.
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