Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year, Happy New You!

Wow! Its time to close another year out again, and welcome 2009. I've always loved New Years Day, because of the endless possibilities for newness; new beginnings, fresh new starts, and even a whole new you.

Here are some awesome tips to getting your brand new year off to a wholesome, healing start.

1. Begin your New Year with a "Thankful" list, including all the amazing things the Lord did in your life, your family's and friend's lives. You'll be amazed at how much we take for granted.

2. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any unforgiveness or ill feeling that might be hidden in your heart. Its better to start the new year letting go of any old lingering bad, negative feelings or misunderstandings.

3. Ask the Lord to forgive you for whatever failures or mistakes you may have made this past year. Ask for His grace to help you just let them go, and move
forward into a fresh, new future.

4. Ask the Lord to help you to learn from those mistakes, give Him the power to use past failures for His glory, and for the wisdom to not continue to repeat the same mistakes again.

5. Make a commitment in your heart to God, to read His Word every day. Ask Him what He'd like to teach you this coming new year. Trust Him to lead you in your daily Bible readings in order to instruct and encourage you to walk faithfully with Him.

6. Instead of making that worn-out New Year's resolution to lose weight and do excercize, ask the Lord to help you take better care of your body, by eating healthier, getting more fresh air, taking quiet walks, and paying closer attention to what your body's telling you. Start out with small, simple steps until they become good, new habits.

7. Ask the Lord to help you be more mindful of your words, your speech. Ask Him to draw your attention to any negative conversations you might be having, so that you can begin your new year with a positive, hopeful outlook and attitude.

8. Ask the Lord to give you an awareness of all the beauty He created in this universe. In other words, take time to smell (and notice) the roses.

9. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities this new year to be a blessing to others. Be sensitive to the needs of those around you; make it a point to be less self-absorbed.

10. Finally, ask the Lord to remind you to start each new day praising His wonderful name. Praise Him for Who He is, and thank Him for what He does. You'd be amazed at the power that lies in sincere, honest praise. God does inhabit the praises of His people.

Happy New Year! Happy New You!


Angela said...

I'm going to have to share this on New Years Eve at my blog. Going to link your blog to mind so that other's can check it out girl. Great advice.

His Living Sacrifice said...

Awesome New Year's post!!! Great, Godly advice from one beautifully Godly woman.

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