3 Things a New Year Brings to Mind

There are three things that a new year always bring to my mind.

  1. Resolutions–I never really make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do have a Life Resolution; and I’m talking about it over at Des Moines Moms Blog today. Head on over and check out my post titled “2013: A Resolution for the New Year and Beyond.”
  2. New Beginnings–Who isn’t thankful for the chance to have a new beginning… a fresh start… a “do-over”?! As a sinful human being who is always falling short (Romans 3:23), I am so thankful that God specializes in making things new; and I am so thankful for the truth in Lamentations 3:22-23: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness” (NASB). Aren’t you thankful that we don’t have to wait for New Year’s Day to have a new beginning in Christ or to take that next step of obedience as we cooperate with Him in our sanctification? May this New Year’s Day–this “new beginning”–be a reminder to us all that it’s never to late nor too early to start over. Take a moment to read Psalm 103, and rejoice in the God whose compassions never fail.
  3. Returning to Normalcy–I could just as easily have written this post to which I’m linking today as I did two years ago (except the part about the planner because my smartphone takes care of me now… :-) ). Resuming a “normal” life and schedule post-holidays is always good and necessary for this structured, task-oriented woman! After spending lots of time away from home with family and straying far from anything resembling a normal schedule, I’m (almost) ready to get back to the daily grind. First I have a bowl game to watch (Go Huskers!) and new gifts to put away; so maybe the “daily grind” can wait one more day…. :-)

Happy New Year, my friends and readers! May 2013 be for us all a year of learning and growth in our Lord Jesus Christ!