Monday, 28 December 2015

N - New

As we head out of 2015 and head into 2016 many of us try to figure out what we should leave behind and what we should take with us.  We also plan what we want to achieve in the New year and what we want to overcome.  A few thousand New year's resolutions get written up.  If you are a blogger then you might select a New One word for the New year.  Maybe select a scripture you wish to hold onto.

I do believe this is the time of year we can do some mental spring cleaning.  Get rid of all those old thought patterns and replace them with new ones.  For me the best way to do that is to renew my mind daily in the word.  It is also important in this age of social media to make sure you are not letting in bad influences.  Now is also a great time to delete those people on your social media who bring you down, who steal your joy!  And those liked pages, are they uplifting and God-centred?  Now is the time to clear all that out too.

My New year traditions have changed since blogging.  Instead of writing down a list of new year's resolution which tend to be pretty much the same as the year's before, I now select a word on which I try to focus so that in 365 days, that word would have drawn me closer to the Lord.  And a scripture that lines up with that word.  I don't guilt myself out with a list of things I tend to fail at so live in the guilt of failure instead of in a spirit of growth.

So let us take time at the end of this year to thank the Lord for all the good He has placed in our lives this past year, and thank Him in faith for the blessings, joy and growth in the year to come.  Let us renew our hearts with His word, with praise to Him, and let us seek to be content in all things knowing that in Him we are loved and acceptable and wanted.

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

Isaiah 43 18-19:  Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (One of my favourite scriptures ever)

Eph 4 v 22-24:  To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

God bless

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I see it as wisdom to use this time at the end of the year to leave old stuff behind and renew my mind with the Word of God.  It is a great opportunity to let go of the negatives and cling to the godly positives.  Out with the old, in with the New!


  1. Amen, Amen and a BIG Amen!!! Happy NEW Year my precious friend!! Declaring all God's blessing for you and yours!!

  2. Is NEW your word for 2016? If not, are you planning to reveal it?!

    I also allow the Lord to *lay upon my heart* a word that becomes a sort of theme for the year. Last year He gave me the word - healing. As I reflected this week, He taught me so much, and it did indeed bring me closer to Him.

    My word for 2016 is going to stretch me, as it isn't something that comes naturally to me. But I know He has big plans...




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