There’s nothing like taking down Christmas decorations to help you usher in a new year. Today I wrapped up ornaments and tucked them into their cozy, little box homes to be stored away until next Christmas.
Every year I get a little melancholy, reflecting on the year behind and looking forward to the year ahead…the great unknown. Putting away the ornaments reminds me that it’s time to put away the past, to once again try to focus on the moment I’m in and not take any unnecessary baggage with me into the future.
After all, it’s a new year! An opportunity to create new moments and new memories.
For myself, my family, friends and all who read these words, my prayer for the new year is that God will allow our lives to be adorned with the ornaments of peace, love and joy each and every day – not just at Christmastime. I pray that His presence will permeate our hearts and cause us all to have a truly “Happy New Year”!
The above is a repost from the archives. I guess it is my love of the ironic that compelled me to include an “old” post as my first of 2011 under the theme of All Things New.
For the remainder of January, I will write about looking ahead, moving forward and grasping hold of all the new things God wants to do in our lives, based on the following scriptures:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5
I’ve never been very good at embracing change. God has had to give me a gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) nudge from time to time in order to get me moving. Lately, He has been challenging me again to move past my fear and closer to the future He has planned for me.
So here I am, declaring to whoever might be listening out there in blogland that I am ready to move.
More than ever, I am dedicated to finding the inspiring and eager to discover the new things God has in store for 2011.
And I hope to hear from you too. Let’s share our journey together and maybe we can inspire each other towards a more fearless, change-embracing, all things new kind of life!
What new thing is God doing in your world? Are you ready to move?