Happy New Year to you.

Most people agree that 2016 was a difficult year. Just by looking at the headlines, it seemed like everything was wrong with the world; and it made some of us wonder. However, Jesus in four short sentences  forewarned and comforted us in saying  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I share in your pain if the past year was a rough one for you and I rejoice with you if it was a good one. I saw many good days than bad days. Not because everything was going right, I did suffer through many challenges, losses, and rejections. Yet the joy of the Lord never left me, and the promises of God in His word provided me with strength and inspiration. I see myself in Jeremiah 17: 8-9. It is my testimony and word of encouragement to you. I pray in this year, you will not fear, that you will have no worries, and that you never fail to bear fruit even in a year of drought all because you trust in the Lord, and your confidence is in Him.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.

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