Don’t Be Afraid or Discouraged

With a New Year comes excitement, but we can also feel anxious because we don’t know what the year holds. Let’s face 2024, knowing that God has been faithful in the past and will be faithful today and in the future.

As I was thinking of a verse or some encouragement to share with you today, Joshua 1:9 came to my mind: Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

We need to listen to what God told Joshua about 3,400 years ago. As Joshua was about to lead God’s people into the promised land, he had reason to be afraid. He had an enormous task ahead of him, and he was well aware of the dangers he and the people would soon face. He needed God’s encouragement.

A new year brings lots of questions: Will our health hold? Will the economy improve? Will there be a terrorist attack or some natural disaster? Will our families be safe?

The Creator of the universe comes to us and says, “Don’t be afraid; don’t be discouraged.” What happens in this coming year is not left to chance. God is in charge and promises to stay close: “The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I’m thankful I’m not starting a new year without God. While I sometimes feel anxious about all that’s going on in our world, I remind myself that God is with me.

I also think we need to encourage each other. So, I want to end the year by asking you to share a verse below in the comments that encourages you. I’d love to know the verse you cling to!

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  1. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11

    Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
    Psalms 46:10

  2. John 14:27

    Peace I leave with you my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.

    Happy New Year!!!

    1. Deuteronomy 31:8

      The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will neither leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

    1. ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬
      And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

    2. I’ve enjoyed reading all the verses. What an encouraging way to end one year start another.
      Mine is Joshua 1:9
      Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
      And Matt 6:33
      But first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.

  3. 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.
    Jeremiah 29:11

  4. Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

  5. This is something a Priest said during a sermon, which moved me and stayed with me for years and years. Happy and Healthy New Year!

    “Into Your hands I give you my life.”

  6. Zephaniah 3:17
    The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

    I love this encouraging verse. I added it to our Christmas cards this year to share with others.

  7. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    [5] Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

  8. “The Lord is my shepherd.” My family were shepherds in Greece before immigrating to North America. This verse reminds my family of our heritage and the love the Lord has for us all.

    1. But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Lord, O Jacob, And who formed you, O Israel
      “Fear not, for I redeemed you; I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME: YOU ARE MINE.”

  9. I have clung to Isaiah 41:10 so much in 2023.So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  10. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
    John 16:33 KJV

  11. Proverbs 3;5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths!
    John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world!
    Happy new year Cyndi to you and your family! We will be enjoying time with friends tonight at a house party. It’s been a tradition since our children were little!

  12. Thank you Cyndi! And Happy New Year 🩷

    Rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

  13. Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

    Happy New Year, Cyndi and family! I’ve been blessed through your ministry- thank you.

  14. This scripture has stayed with me this year. It’s from 1 Peter 4:12 and 13:

    12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

    13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

  15. Jeremiah 29:11
    New International Version
    11 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.

  16. Romans 15:13
    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  17. This passage has a very deep meaning for me. In 1993 I was in such distress as my sister was in her final moments of life. I experienced some beautiful moments with the Lord that I didn’t fully understand until later as I read Psalm 23:4: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

    Also, Deut. 31:8 is a favorite that helps me know that God is always with me. “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

  18. Proverbs 3:5-6
    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

  19. Just finished reading the Bible this year.

    Rev 22:20-21
    He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
    “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.”

    Blessings in 2024! 🙌🏻

  20. Happy New Year 🎆. My verse is found in Jeremiah 29:11-13. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and of hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search Me with all your ♥️
    I so enjoy your emails each day. Especially your daily devotional

  21. Thank you Cyndi for this timely reminder of God’s presence, power and provision!

    Lamentations 3:22-23
    Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!

  22. Jeremiah 29:11
    “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.”

  23. Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  24. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. … Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will …
    ‎Psalm 91:1 KJV · ‎Modern Translations · ‎Psalm 91:1 ESV · ‎Parallel Commentaries

    1. Psalm 25:4-5, NIV Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

  25. John 14:1-3 Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? [3] And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

  26. Hiii! and good morning our last Sunday this year. So blessed to know that the Lord specks through HIS Word the Bible! and it penetrates through for us to hear HIM so clearly! we can hear HIS Voice and HE Hears ours, That’s a beautiful thing to ponder in our hearts today…HE Hears US. Cyndi, Thank you! You have ben a Big Blessing to so many of us through the air waves, So from Tucson Arizona, Happy New Years to You & Your Loved ones

  27. John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, distress and suffering, but be courageous I have overcome the world.

  28. Happy new Year Cyndi! Thank you for your blog and especially your devotionals!

    The Lord of my shepherd, I shall not want….” Psalm 23

  29. Jeremiah 29:11

    11 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.

  30. Phil. 4:6&7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    He is the one that can give us the peace we need in the times we live in now. A peace that surpasses ALL comprehension. Blessings to you and everyone. Happy New Year.

  31. Thank you for all you do Cyndi! Gods blessings in the new year!

    I love the verse— be still and know that I am god. This was my verse for 2023 🥰

  32. Proverbs 18:21
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.

    This new year with the help of the Holy Spirit I will be careful to speak life!!!! For my family, friends, bloggers, the beggars in my path, my future grandchildren and yes, even my enemies.

    How about you?

  33. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Happy New Year to you & Wayne. Thank you for sharing your faith so boldly.

  34. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 Thankful for Jesus and knowing I can come to Him anytime with anything and receive mercy and grace!

  35. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  36. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV

  37. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and i will carry and sustain you. I will rescue you.
    Isaiah 46:4

  38. Thank Me for my peaceful presence, regardless of your feelings. Whisper My Name in loving tenderness. Me Peace, which lives continually in your spirit, will gradually work its way through your entire being
    Isaiah 9:6;2

  39. ”And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.“
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  40. My encouraging verse:

    “May he grant you your heart’s desire,
    and fulfill all your plans!”

    ~Psalm 20:4 (RSV)

    1. Psalm23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

  41. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    I said that over and over as I laid on the radiation table. It really got me through the anxiety and the fear. I am 5 years out from breast cancer now.

    1. Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that I am God…. This reminds be to stop my busyness, worry or fear and turn to Him… lean into Him

  42. Thanks Cyndi and thanks for everyone who has shared scriptures of hope and light. This if so uplifting.

    Psalm 27:1
    The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

  43. Isaiah 58:11

    [11] And the LORD will guide you continually
    and satisfy your desire in scorched places
    and make your bones strong;
    and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water,
    whose waters do not fail.

    Cross-references

    [u]: Jer. 31:12

    1. My verse …….
      Lamentations 3:22-23
      The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

  44. Proverbs 3:5-6N
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;

    in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

  45. Romans 8:38-39
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  46. Don’t worry about anything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.

    Phillipians 4:6

  47. Isaiah 41:10

    Fear thou not, for I AM with you. Be not dismayed for I AM your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my mighty right arm.

    The God of the universe, who made us and loves us and sent Jesus to die for us says He is with us. So, we’re never alone and He will help us. WOW!! Thankyou Lord! Let’s trust Him in everything. Dear Holy Spirit, please help us.

  48. And this one that carries me thru the death of my much loved son!
    He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; [4] he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:1-4

  49. Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts”. We only need to seek Him, and He will fill us with His power to accomplish the things on our hearts.

  50. Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”

  51. Psalm 94:18-19
    When I said “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

  52. Isaiah 40:31
    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  53. I like to be in the “know” but this year, I will be praying more than ever and trust that our Lord will help us through these difficult times and find comfort in Him more than anything!!

  54. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

  55. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
    -Colossians 3:17

  56. Psalm 121;1
    I look to the mountains, where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.

    Thank you Cyndi for all of your posts and encouragement.
    Happy New Year!
    Jen Reece

  57. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. My go to verse! Many blessings to you and your family.

  58. I am a mom of an 18 year old and a 22 year old. This is a new season for me. It has been a challenge to adjust to having grown children and a partially empty nest. I frequently pray Isaiah 61:3 over them.
    …..”They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
    I enjoy your blog. Take care. Have a happy 2024.

  59. Psalm 56:3
    When I am afraid I put my trust in you.

    This simple verse helped me reset my focus many times last year.

  60. Thank you for the encouragement!

    Psalms 115:11
    You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord:
    He is their help and their shield.