New Beginnings

Sunrise Boston

With the start of a new year I recommit my life to God.Β  This sunrise is a symbol of new beginnings – of a new day dawning in our lives in the next year.

Resolutions – definition ~ a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year

New Years Resolutions are a tradition that we all grew up with. It is a time to take inventory of our lives and see what we can do to improve our life or the life of others.

So, what is it about the start of the New Year that have us making that promise to ourselves to do something good or stop our bad habits? After all do we make resolutions each Monday at the start of the week or the first of every month?

For years like many of us I would have my list of “resolutions”; lose weight, read more, learn something new, write a book, volunteer more, organize my house, finish sewing projects, etc…. To think these are only a few of New Years resolutions over the years.Β 

A few years ago I decided not to make any resolutions, after all I have never kept any of them anyway. Have you? Actually I would love to hear from those of you who did keep your resolutions and what the results were.

Instead of resolutions, I recommit my life to God. Sure there are plans to be made and goals to be set, but before any of that, God must be first in our life. Without God there is no success in our plans and goals, no hope for our future.

There is no ceremony or big celebration, it is in the stillness of the morning that I quietly recommit my life to God. I hand over last years disappointments and lay my trials at the foot of the cross leaving the old behind and forging ahead to whatever life has in store for me. Then I embrace the new challenges God sets before me – some challenges I am not so willing to embrace at what may be awaiting me. It is my faith, obedience and trust in the God of Creation that will get me through the ups and downs over the next 12 months.

The New Year is before us. We do not know what will happen. We will make our plans to become better people, letting go of bad habits and striving to do better. Some will succeed. Some will change their plans to adapt to the many obstacles that come their way.

The important thing to remember is this – no matter if we make resolutions or if we do not; if we keep them or break them, we are all given hope for a brighter tomorrow as we plan for our future.Β 

I can guarantee that in the next 12 months bad things will happen but we must remember that good things will also happen. Through it all our God who loves us will be with us. He sent us His Son to walk with us through the difficult moments and to rejoice with us in our happiness.

Resolutions and improving our lives is always good, after all we are all a work in progress.

My prayer for all of you who made resolutions is for success with all of your plans and for each of you to walk with God in your own way as you face the challenges and the joys of the New year.

As we put our trust in God for an unknown future we will discover that this year will be our best year.

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40 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. I like your resolution…. to recommit your life to God. That’s one resolution God will be more than happy for you to make. I probably have tried in the distant past to make a resolution at New Year’s but not for quite some time, because if it’s just out of a habit or tradition…chances are (were) they’d be too hard to keep… Diane

    • Patty B says:

      I am not disciplined so my resolutions are never successful – but my “hearts desire” is to know God better so for me it is a better way to start off the New Year and you are right God has always helped me to reach that desire. πŸ™‚

  2. Denise Hisey says:

    Hi Patty
    I don’t do resolutions either. Seems like a set up for disappointment when I used to try it.
    Instead I made a bucket list and reevaluate each year. Cross some things off and add some new ones… I like your idea of recommitment to the Lord. It’s quite beautiful. Happy new year!

  3. LubbyGirl says:

    Lately (in the last several years) I’ve gotten into the habit of setting goals. I don’t think that’s exactly the same as resolutions, but I reckon it’s close. And one goal I have this year is to get back into reading my Bible every morning. Thanks for this post – it was an encouragement!

  4. I don’t do resolutions but I like your recommitment. It’s like redoing, resaying your vows to God with God. I like that. πŸ™‚

  5. Sheryl says:

    I also don’t really make resolutions–but think about things that I consider priorities for the next year. I suppose that it is similar to how LubbyGirl sets goals.

  6. I don’t do resolutions either ~ I choose a theme ~ mine is a tapestry of many good things for 2015! May 2015 be great for you! xoxo

  7. Mustang.Koji says:

    What bright thoughts, Patty. Indeed, we all wish for a better tomorrow. I hope MANY better tomorrows go your way. You certainly deserve them!

  8. Thank you Patty for sharing about New Year Resolutions, it’s a good as you said that God comes first whatever we do. I have decided when lead to share more uplifting God inspired Music when responding to message’s and when when I Post . I started last year when I was reminded by God when commenting on a Blog about Music and how important it is to Praise and Worship Him in Song (see below ). I listen to Christian Music every night as I go to sleep and have done so for years, it’s still with me the next day, I remember the words and they uplift and encourage me to keep my focus on The Lord our King, I often sing and feel inner Joy when I do, my New Year Resolution is also to continue to do so.

    Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

    • Patty B says:

      I listen to my Christian music at work and in the car – it is uplifting and sets the tone for my day. Thanks for sharing this link – great music. I never tire singing praises to our God and King! Received your email – will be in touch, although my new work schedule is not bad I am needing to adjust to coming home later. Yesterday I had Bible Study right after work so I was gone from 8 am till 9 pm. That was a long day. Blessings to you and Ron.

  9. BJ says:

    I try to make three or four every year and usually dont come close. Two down through time I have kept: in college I resolved to read through the bible twice a year. Only missed once in the past seventeen years. About a decade back I resolved to read a hundred books a year. Ive managed it two or three times and re-up that resolution every year. (Got 78 in 14) My big new one for this year is to move to Turkey. Actually started working towards that end in October so I did get a bit of a head start.

    • Patty B says:

      wow a 100 books in one year – that is great! I like your new resolution to move to Turkey – now that will be a fun adventure! I hope it all works out for you.

  10. Patty, I love how you approach the new year holding onto the hand of God. You mentioned trust, and that’s my word for 2015. Last year it was hope. Hope helped me keep believing when my husband’s employer went out of business. Just before my husband’s job ended, he was offered two positions elsewhere without even asking.

    My decision to trust for 2015 has already produced some fruit as I have taken some steps that required me to lean into Him and trust. God is good. And I agree with you that we must put Him first in our lives.

    Blessings for a “God first” 2015 ~ Wendy ❀

    • Patty B says:

      Trust is my theme too for this year, and like you I have seen the fruits of my trust. When I was diagnosed with Cancer back in 2000 Hope became my theme for the next two years. Thankful God has answered your prayers even before you ask!

    • Patty B says:

      I also like what you wrote – “God First” 2015 – sounds good to me!

  11. Planting Potatoes says:

    I believe if every list of resolutions that are made this year were to have “recommit to God” at the top….then the chances of that list succeeding would increase! πŸ™‚

  12. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Good Morning my friend, it is Monday and the beginning of a brand new week. Just stopped by to wish you a joyful, peaceful and blessed week as you walk into your Divine Destiny living FREE from the restraints of the world and doing the will of the Lord. Thank you for continuing to follow our ministry and bless my soul with your presence and knowing that I can come into your presence and always find refreshing words of wisdom and comfort. Enjoy your week in Jesus name…

    • Patty B says:

      Pastor your words always come just when I need some encouragement, thank you for answering His call and touching our lives. It was a tough week and your posts are always a welcome sight in my in box! May God continue to bless you and your family and your ministry.

  13. Like you, I don’t list resolutions anymore. I do like to set reachable goals in the different areas of my life, with everything wrapped around the hope that what I’m doing is pleasing to God and furthers His plan for my life. Thanks for your encouragement!

  14. Amen friend! Happy New Year to you!

  15. Recommitting your life to God in lieu of New Year’s resolutions is the sign of a mature Christian. Inspiring others to do so in this post is one of the fruits of your faith. Another beautiful post, Patty. Happy New Year! Viv

    • Patty B says:

      Thank you for your encouragement comment – some days are still a struggle like today and God has sent me many earthly angels today including you!

      • Hi Patty, When I think about you and how suddenly you lost your husband, it still takes my breath away. That you are, however tentative you might feel at times, doing God’s work, is a testament to your love for God, your love for your husband, your strength and your courage. May God bless you.

  16. 50djohnson says:

    Beautiful post. You really put your heart out there!!

  17. cindy knoke says:

    I like Denise’s idea of a bucket list rather than resolutions. I stick to my bucket list because they are things I actally want to do! Lovely post!

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