New Year, New You, Same Faithful God
Happy New Year Lovelies!
I took the week off last week to spend time with family and enjoy the holiday season. I hope that all of you have had a great holiday season full of family friends and too many Christmas cookies!
New Years always makes me feel reflective. It provides a natural time to look back on the past year and evaluate what went well and what you wish would’ve gone a little differently.
2018 was a tough year for myself and my family and to be honest I wasn’t sad to see it come to an end. Even though it can be a bit depressing, I think it’s good to spend time journaling or thinking about the hard things in the past year. So many difficult times are unavoidable, no one did anything to cause it, and no one could have done anything to prevent it. When I spend time looking back I am able to see God’s hand at work even if the circumstances were less than ideal.
I’ve also been able to see that some of the hard times in the past year could’ve been prevented. Sometimes this is a good place to start if you’re looking for a resolution for the year. You might realize that you’ve been stressed out at work because you’re getting there late and decide to get up earlier. Reflecting on the negative things about the past year can help show you ways that you can take action to improve the new year.
Don’t get bogged down thinking about things that didn’t go right last year. Spend a set amount of time thinking about it and then move on to the things that went well. Remember to celebrate even the small victories! This can be in any area of your life. Did you make new friends, start a new hobby? Maybe you didn’t do anything new, but you maintained friendships and continued working hard at your job, those are victories too!
Specifically look for ways that God has been faithful. Even though life is in a constant state of flux, our God is steady. He can be trusted! It’s always so encouraging to me to look back on my year and see all the ways that God was working even when I didn’t realize it. I’d encourage you to write down how God was faithful so that you can quickly remember his goodness when you feel discouraged.
Here’s some truths about God’s unchanging character to reflect on as you embark on a fresh new year!
2 Timothy 2:13 He is faithful even when we are not.
Hebrews 13:8 He is unchanging.
Nahum 1:7 He is good.
Psalm 145:9 He is merciful.
Jeremiah 29:11 He holds the future.