New Beginnings Each Year

I like January.

As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I relish the chance to slow down, reflect on the year gone by and to ponder the up and coming New Year.

I look through my previous year’s journals, and then record all the answered prayers. I marvel at God’s faithfulness. I take time to ponder unanswered prayers and unmet goals. Plus I acknowledge my personal failures and shortcomings in the past year.

But then I let it all go.

I thank God for His faithfulness and allow His grace and forgiveness to wash over me. That’s what January means to me – a new beginning. I think of what the LORD said to the Israelites in Isaiah 43, that they were not to consider the things of old because He was doing a new thing for them.

So I put down the past year and anticipate with hope what the New Year may hold and how I can personally walk in newness.

What growth will take place in my heart this year?

How will I be different by year’s end?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Actually each day offers us a chance to restart….

….to put aside the previous day, will all its struggles and regrets,  and begin with renewed energy the next day. “His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning and great is His faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

I can’t change the past or erase my mistakes. Nor can I take on tomorrow (yet). But I have today.  In what way can I be different today? In which way can I take off a bit of my old self and replace it with a new self? (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Prayer for the New Year: Lord, the older I get, the more I realize that I am running out of time to grow and change. I want this year to be all you want it to be for me and I desire to change in all the ways you want me to change. Change me and make me new one day at a time.  Use me to further Your Kingdom this year.

Other Verses of Renewal for the New Year:

 Acts 3: 19-20 “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…..”

 Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

 Psalm 65:11 “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.”

 

 

 

 

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  1. My favorite verse and one the used to reach me in a very personal way with my sons college journey/trial last year was
    Rev 21:5 “I am making all things NEW! Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true!” No verse has ever been as big or as real for me. In that verse for me there was a promise kept, a transformation of mind and a relocation of state. Talk about new! Thank you Lord!

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