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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

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

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New Year’s Resolution number five: Face the future with confidence . . .

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.'”

~Minnie L. Haskins~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions, number one, number two, number three, and number four.

This week I’m linking with Miscellany Monday, Life Made Lovely, Call Me Blessed, Soli Deo Gloria, and Women Living Well.

New Year’s Resolution number four: Forget what lies behind . . .

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” ~Brooks Atkinson~

Follow these links to see my other New Year’s Resolutions . . .

Number one

Number two

Number three

New Year’s Resolution number three: Give thanks often . . .

“Gratitude is a lifestyle.  A hard-fought, grace-infused, biblical lifestyle.”

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment. It is the fruit of a thousand choices. ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss~

Follow these links to see my New Year’s Resolutions number one and number two.

New Year’s Resolution number two:

Stay positive . . .

“Write it
on your heart
that every day
is the best day
in the year.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Follow this link for my New Year’s Resolution number one.

Follow this link to find out if the post-holiday blues ever serve a purpose.

New Year’s Resolution number one: Don’t hold anything back . . .

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.'” ~Erma Bombeck~