New Beginnings

Written By Amy

After the flurry and excitement of Christmas, there is a lull of quiet during the shift from one year to the next. One stretch of life sheds its old and weary skin, and a new fresh skin emerges as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.  There is something I just love about a new year beginning.  Something inside my soul swells with gratitude that I have another chance for a fresh start at life.

 

For me, January is a time to figure out who I want to be this next year. I have this small window before the rush of life carries me away to reflect and decide what I want to do better.  This always includes spiritual renewal for me, probably the thing I get most excited about having another chance at.  I get to stand before my heavenly Daddy and say, “God, how can I grow closer to you?  What new habits can I develop in this new year that will cause me to know you on a deeper level, to see your footprint in my life?”  I usually buy myself a new Women’s Devotional and look forward to gleaning wisdom from the pages.  I also renew my prayer life, and find myself carving out space in my life to sit before my God and share my life with him.

January 1st is my husband’s and my anniversary.  We have now been married 18 years.  I am blessed to be married to my best friend, and we continue to grow and learn how to be married well.  On this anniversary, Jon and I get to put away the “growth opportunities” of the past year and look forward to a new season of plans and hopes and just simply doing life.  Only a few days ago I was tired and felt encumbered by the stresses of this past year, but suddenly today, with the hands of the clock turning over to a new year, I feel lighter and have a new bounce in my step to rise to a better place in my character. How can I be a better wife?  What stubborn prideful controlling parts of me that reared their ugly heads last year can I subdue in the name of marriage and love and maturity?  What is God gently whispering to me in this area of my life?

There is so much more of my life to reevaluate, but I will be working that out in the quiet corners of my heart.

What does this time mean for you?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”        2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

I am excited for the theme that Jen and I are going to explore this month on our blog.In case you missed it yesterday, our theme comes from a Benjamin Franklin quote “…how to be a better man (woman, child, person!).”  We are going to take a close look at a passage in Romans which shares so much wisdom to help us grow into the people God desires us to be.  It is in this growth that we find peace, joy, and contentment.

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