New year, fresh start

Each new year brings with it many things. It’s full of freshness, growth, and new experiences. It’s full of second chances, forgiveness, and opportunities to try again. It’s also full of tests, new challenges, and its share of difficulties and problems.

The most important thing in each new year is your relationship with Jesus. Because with Him at your side, you’re guaranteed to make it through whatever this new year may hold.

It’s been wisely said that life on earth is a testing ground and a learning experience, and with Jesus as your Guide and Coach, you’re sure to be successful. Your success may not look like success as it is popularly perceived, but you will be successful in the things that last beyond this life and into eternity.

Enter this new year with Jesus, holding His hand, and letting Him lead and guide you. Although He can’t promise that the paths you will walk this year will be easy or problem-free, He can promise you that His strength will always be sufficient for you, and that you will not face a challenge too big or too difficult for you and Him to handle together. If you can believe this and commit to trusting in Him no matter what comes your way, you’ll find that nothing will surprise you so greatly as to undermine your confidence and trust in Him.

When difficulties and challenges arise, remember His promise to help you through. Remember that when you are weak, He is strong. This will fill you with peace and confidence for your year ahead—the confidence of knowing that He, the Maker of heaven and earth, is with you.

As you walk through this year together with Jesus, the challenges you face can become opportunities for you to experience His unfailing power and strength. The choices that you face will be easier to make with His counsel to direct you. The connections and relationships you have this year will be sweeter and deeper as more of Jesus shines through you. At the close of this new year you’ll be able to look back and see the progress you’ve made and look forward to another year with Him.

Greeting the new year with joy

A Prayer for the New Year

Thank You, dearest Love, for Your wonderful promises. I feel awed and inspired about all that is ahead of me—but I know that it’s possible, because You’re in me and with me. I love You and need You! I never get tired of telling You how much I love You, just as I never tire of hearing Your personal words of love to me. They’re my survival, just as You are my survival.

I praise You and thank You for the year that’s come to an end. You are the reason I made it through another year. You are the

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Thoughts to start the new year

Don’t let mistakes of the past blur your vision for the future. Focus on the good to come.


I am willing to go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere—so long as it’s forward. David Livingstone (1813–1873)


People are always blaming their circumstances. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world

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Divine demonstrations

In the Bible Jesus said to His Father, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)

And to His disciples He said: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

And John wrote, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

“Okay, that all sounds good. But if I really want to live like Jesus, what does that actually mean? How can I live like Him within the realities of my everyday life?”

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Top Five Regrets of the Dying

As every year begins, millions of people go about the task of creating lists of resolutions. As every year ends, millions of people forget the resolutions they’d listed 12 months ago. As every year progresses, thousands of people write about New Year’s resolutions, with counsel ranging from how futile resolutions are to how to make them come true. For some, resolutions are a powerful motivator; for others, just a fad or a conversation starter for the first week at work. And yet for all that’s been written and for all that’s been said and done, the New Year still holds a magical meaning, and it’s a compelling time to stop and evaluate one’s life.

By Bronnie Ware

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared.

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Take it day by day

Someone has said that today is a marvel of opportunity crucified between two thieves, yesterday and tomorrow! Today, this very day, is one of the most wonderfully precious things you will ever have.

Today you can do some of the things that you’ve been putting off for so long. You can’t do them yesterday and may not have the chance to do them tomorrow, but today is yours! Today you can be the kind of person you always dreamed you’d be “tomorrow.” This is that tomorrow!

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What is your vision for this year?

No vision and you perish,
No ideal and you’re lost.
Your heart must ever cherish
”Some faith at any cost.

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. — Gail Devers

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