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“I say, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 CSB

We have done it.  We have completed 365 days of growing our faith in 2019.  Tomorrow starts a new year, a new challenge, a new day. How do you end a year like this?  By looking to the Lord for hope in the days ahead (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

I’m going to end the year with you guys, like I end the year in my own life, in prayer.

Dear Lord,

I can’t believe we’ve persevered through 365 days together.  I”m grateful for every mountain we’ve climbed, every tear we’ve cried, every smile we’ve shared.  I’m thankful for the devotion of these women who have daily turned to You. I’m thankful for the growth that we have each experienced, individually and together.

I’m sorry Lord for the times we’ve failed You.  I’m sorry for the times we’ve shown hate instead of love.  I’m sorry for the times we’ve lacked self-control. I’m sorry for words that have torn down instead of built up.  I’m sorry for the times we’ve glorified ourselves instead of You. I’m grateful Your mercies are new each morning.

As we turn to a new year, a fresh start, we ask for You to lead us.  We ask for Your guidance and direction in the year ahead. We ask for Your wisdom and discernment to direct our paths.  We pray You will illuminate blind spots in our lives that we need to work on. We ask Your blessings and favor to be upon us, today and always.  We ask that You be glorified in all we do in 2020. Help us to love You better, to love others better and to love ourselves better, Lord. Help us not be known as people who judge, but instead, as people who love.

Our lives are Yours Lord. Our hope is in You.  We give You control.

In Jesus’s name I pray,


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