Thursday, January 4, 2024

New Beginnings with God


By: Donna Bucher

New beginnings naturally trigger hope; like a new journal or freshly cleaned kitchen, one glance floods me with possibilities, creativity, expectancy! On the brink of a new year, my singular goal: triumphantly trusting the God of new beginnings wraps me in confident hope.

You hold the story of your past year in a final caress, while timidly grasping the new story before you in a yet untouched new year.

Before triumphantly trusting the God of new beginnings with the new year ahead, refreshing my relationship with Him through mindfully embracing the lessons of the past year shifts my perspective.

Truly enabling a view of God's unfailing love and faithfulness in every circumstance. Resulting in a deeper faith and calm assurance for the future, while strengthening my relationship with Christ.

God's past faithfulness facilitates future trusting God with new beginnings. I rest in His sovereignty by receiving the entirety of the past year with gratitude. Acknowledging God's good hand in every circumstance regardless of the outcome.

Trusting Your New Beginning to God

Combining reflections of past faithfulness, acceptance with gratitude and encouragement from God's Word galvanizes my trust in and intimacy with God. He delights in reminding me, He makes all things new!

He renews my spirit:

"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh."

Ezekiel 11:19

He gives me new songs of praise:

"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him."

Psalm 40:3

He makes me a new creature in Christ:

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

2 Corinthians 5:17

He gives me new mercies every morning:

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

Lamentations 3:22-23

He makes new beginnings and new ways in the wilderness:

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

Isaiah 43:19

He calls me to live in my new privileged position in Christ:

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

Ephesians 4:22-24

He renews my strength:

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31

Choosing a time of rest and reflection prevents my impatient heart from running head long into a new year unprepared.

Intentional reflection, gratitude filled acceptance, and gentle release of the past year coupled with renewal of relationship with God in His Word, postures you for triumphantly trusting the God of new beginnings.

Seizing the new year with a purpose-driven plan, expectancy fueled preparation and audacious ownership of your Christ purchased spiritual identity ignites your faith.

A heart strengthened by God's unfailing love and faithfulness clinging to His promises and Presence confidently steps into the new year. Outfitted with the truth that no promise of God will ever fail, and His Word accomplishes all His Will, embrace the new year with God.

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  1. “Combining reflections of past faithfulness, acceptance with gratitude and encouragement from God's Word galvanizes my trust in and intimacy with God.” I love that, Donna! We can trust God with our future because we’ve seen His faithfulness in our past. I’m so thankful for that truth!

  2. He, unlike us, is always faithful. What an encouragement it is all the time, but especially during times when it's hard to trust. Thankful that His mercies are new every morning.


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