The Blessings of A New Year
by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
As I write this, we are just a few days away from ringing in the New Year. Every year at about this time I get a little sentimental and a little deep. I begin reflecting on the year that's about to end and all the years that have come before. I think of all the changes and life events I've seen. And I begin looking forward and pondering what the future will hold.
This year in particular I'm grateful that we're about to jump into a new year. Now, don't get me wrong, 2013 hasn't been a bad year per se. In fact, I have no real complaints. However, for me, 2013 feels like a year full of very personal failures and missteps.
I have shared many of my struggles in previous blogs. Yes, I'm more than ready to say good-bye to 2013. It was the year I realized how deep my struggles with food run. It was the year I finally admitted to myself I had gained back the weight I'd fought so hard to lose. It was the year God led me to look for a new church, leaving me heartbroken and feeling spiritually homeless. It was the year I faced many personal demons and felt as though I lost many a battle.
BUT I am grateful because I am now facing a new year filled with new possibilities and the chance to change all that seemed so wrong in 2013. I am grateful because God tells us in His word that His mercies are new every morning, not just every year.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
~ Lamentations 3:22-24
So even if 2014 doesn't start off with the bang I'm praying for, I know I can get up the next day and start fresh. I know if I press into God and rely on Him, He will guide me and give me strength. For that, I am grateful, because the greatest lesson I've learned in 2013 is that I can't do it on my own. The good news for me is I don't have to.
Whether you realize it or not, the same is true for you. So I pray 2014 is filled with blessing both great and small. I pray you get your strength from the One who is the giver of life. And I pray you remember His mercies are new every morning and it's never to late for a fresh start.