Embracing NEW

Renee Ann Smith —  January 2, 2014 — 18 Comments

Sometimes the word NEW fills me with fear.

NEW means challenge & change & growth & stretching towards those long-sought goals in the distance.

But the years have taught me that other things often accompany NEW.

Pain & heartache & struggle & good-bye.

So my arms tremble a bit as I reach out to embrace the new year. And I seek a blessing to cover all the days to come. I pray this prayer for you, also.

May God give us grace to face the NEW
with Clear Eyes
and Steady Hearts
and Joy.

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And grant you support from Zion.
May He remember all your sacrifices
And accept your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desire of your heart
And make all your plans succeed.

May we shout for joy over your victory
And lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
But we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20

Psalm 20 ab

Happy New Year, friends! I’d love to hear from you today!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

18 responses to Embracing NEW

  1. Hello Renee, it’s lovely to meet you! We are neighbours at 3-D Lessons for Life blog link-up and I have hopped over to read your post and offer encouragement.
    I love this prayer. Each new year holds potential and promise, but it also holds a great sense of the unknown as we enter uncharted territory. You have given us a way to acknowledge our fears and see who holds all things in His hands to offer us reassurance and peace beyond measure as we dip our tentative toes into 2014. Thank you for emphasising the positive to keep our focus where it needs to be. Happy New Year to you! Blessings 🙂 x

  2. What a beautiful post. I feel ya completely. I love how you put it. The tremble. I can definitely relate to that.

  3. A beautiful post today. Full of hope and faith and inspiration. So glad to have come by your neck of the woods.Blessings for you and your family in the coming year.

  4. Renee, this psalm is very special to me. I have prayed it for several years now over my best friend’s husband who has stage 4 lung cancer. He is really a walking miracle.

    I am thankful that He goes before us into unchartered waters. Thanks for this reminder.

    I’m so glad you linked up today at Thought-Provoking Thursday!

  5. Most uplifting and encouraging post!!! Wishing you well!

  6. Just like you new can be intimidating, shaking my confidence. I’m catching on, though – that it is just the stepping through into new that is the hardest part! Wishing you blessing in this new year – thank you for your prayer!

  7. I appreciate your stopping by to share words of encouragement, ladies, and so enjoyed visiting all of your posts. Thanks for sharing your hearts with us. Blessings!

  8. Beautiful words to start the new year. I too have been a little nervous about what’s to come in 2014, but I love the idea of embracing it. Eyes and hearts open.

  9. Renee,

    Nice to meet you. I’m hopping over from the IP link up. Embracing the new with excitement and apprehension makes sense. I enjoyed you bringing in Psalm 2o. How encouraging and hopeful that he places our desires in our hearts too, and then brings them to light.

    May he do amazing things in and through you this new year,Renee.

    Jennifer Dougan

  10. beautiful post my friend. Very uplifting. God Bless. Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I am leaving some hugs on your sweet blog

  11. Ahh, the desires of our hearts! I wrote an entire book about this! When our desires line up with His, we are truly blessed! New, change, those are scary words for me. But, as I often remind myself, if nothing ever changed we wouldn’t have butterflies.So I try to embrace these words as you have. Inspiring post, Renee, thank you! Blessings to you in 2014!

  12. I receive this blessing, “May God give us grace to face the NEW with Clear Eyes and Steady Hearts and Joy.” I am grateful to have found you ar the Sunday Community, and look forward to reaching your words again soon. There was something about landing here that quieted my spirit, and for that I am deeply grateful.
    May Grace cover your week and your year.
    In peace,

  13. Such beautiful encouragement! Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

  14. Visiting from Barbie’s this morning. So much about your post has touched me this morning. Certain words just jumped out at me. My word in 2013 was embrace and my word for 2014 is joy. I had a rough day yesterday and this truly has lifted my spirits this morning.
    Thank you.

  15. Just found your blog and love it already! I love NEW, but sometimes it can be scary! Keeping my eyes on the Lord through it all!

  16. What a blessing to visit all your posts! Thank you for taking time to visit me here, ladies.

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