New Year or New Every Morning

God's grace offers a fresh start every day

God's grace means we get a new start every day

God’s grace means we get a new start every day

On New Year’s Day, it’s natural to focus on the “new” part.  It’s a new day, a new week and a new year all in one, this year.  Today is a traditional time to make New Year’s Resolutions and a time when the entire country focuses on getting organized and healthy and cleaning up our acts.

For me personally, it’s even bigger than just the start of a year.  In the last few months I’ve switched houses twice, live in a different city and state and of course, I changed jobs. “New” has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve never been much for making Resolutions, mostly because I’m not good at keeping them, also, if I think about all the things I should be changing in my life it becomes overwhelming quickly.  Let’s face it – I have a lot I need to work on changing.  I should straighten out my diet and exercise more.  I should be more organized and more consistent.  I should spend more time in God’s word, I should…I should. The “should” list is pretty much endless.

Yeah.

I’ve never been much for the New Year’s Resolution thing.  In spite of that, I cannot help but think about how great the ability to start fresh feels to my soul.

Today I read this verse in Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the Lord’s gracious love we are not consumed,
    since his compassions never end.
They are new every morning—
    great is your faithfulness!
 “The Lord is all I have,”[a] says my soul,
    “Therefore I will trust in him.”

God’s grace is new every morning!  Did you get that?  Every morning when you get up, you start new with Jesus.  New Year’s Resolutions?  Not necessary.  Every single day is a new start.  Through God’s grace we get to work on changing what we need to change every single day.

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My Christmas gang was so much fun. But now it's New Year's and new starts...

My Christmas gang was so much fun. But now it’s New Year’s and new starts…

I’m sitting in my quiet house, after a crazy busy Christmas break with all my kids home, plus other friends and family who visited.  It was wonderful – tiring but wonderful. I had a huge list of things to get done through the break and I completed a good portion, but still have lots to do. I should be…should do…should…

My plan is simple.

I’m going to cling to being new, every day, through the grace of Jesus Christ. God can change in me whatever He needs to change. He will give me the strength to do what I need to do. He provides whatever I need.  I will rest in Him and choose His grace each day.

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  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great post, Carol, and Happy 2017!

    More than every morning…God’s grace is renewed every minute, and sometimes we can see this in His Hands and Heart in those around us.

    When Barbara and I would argue, I’d often feel that the entire day was spoilt, that the shadow would linger…and she told me, “Just put it behind you. Start fresh, and so will I.”

    Thank God, I listened to someone so much wiser than myself…and learned.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/01/your-dying-spouse-253-work-as.html

    • Carol

      Andrew that’s the perfect response to someone we love, isn’t it! And good on you for listening to someone wiser! 🙂

  • I love that verse in Lamentations with its reminder — coming from the midst of wild lament! — that God’s is always on repeat and we don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new year to experience His new mercies. Blessings Carol!

    • Carol

      Thanks Michele – maybe we’re each in the middle of our own lament, and need that reminder, huh! 🙂

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  • I’m so grateful that His graces are new every morning! I need a fresh supply every day. 🙂 Happy New Year, Carol!

    • Carol

      We DO need a fresh supply every day. What a wonderful God! Happy New Year to you, Lisa!

  • Boy, I needed this today! I know that even though I don’t deal well with change, I have to submit to the process in order to let God work in me.