New year; new beginnings. That’s how I always approach January 1st. Whether the outgoing year has been good or hard, there’s always hope wrapped up in a new beginning.
His mercies are new every morning—Lamentations 3. A new year is also a new day. To begin anew. To put your trust in the Father and lean into His grace. No matter what the day before—or year before—held, there is mercy today. It’s a gift He extends.
2018 is in the past and God is wanting to do something new in your life! Don’t look back unless to praise; set your eyes forward.
There are 3 things I like to do at the turn of a new year. To dream, plan, prioritize and set focus. It gives me something to aim for. And I would highly encourage you do the same!
Reflect on 2018 with thanksgiving. Journal or make a list of all the things you have to be thankful for. Don’t miss giving praise to God for His faithfulness! You’ll be reminded of His provision and find little blessings, even if it was a hard year. Hope is stirred.
Pick a theme word for the new year. Spend some time in prayer and ask God to give you a word for the year. A word that will shape your heart for the next twelve months. Perhaps an area to grow in or sin to work through. For me, this year is “surrender.” To surrender to Him in all areas. Surrender to my weaknesses so that His strength can be made perfect. Surrender. And I am full of faith that as I walk in surrender this year, He’ll work beautifully. I believe the same for you!
Make a list of goals and prayers. I then sit down and write out prayers I have for the year and goals I’d like to aim towards. You’ll always miss if you don’t aim for something. So, write out prayer requests for the year and things you’d like to work towards in pursuing passion and purpose.
I hope this helps give you some inspiration and direction. And I pray 2019 is an incredible year for you!
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